My biggest boo boo? Using formula in the first place. A mother's milk production is stimulated when there's a baby there to drink it. When I pump or supplement, it's not giving my brain and body the signals I need to make more milk. So rather than worry that she's not eating enough and trying to pump as often as possible, I need to:
- Nurse every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night.
- If she's asleep, wake her up.
- No cigarette hold
- No squeezing between your index and middle finger. Instead she recommended a C hold: using my entire hand and shaping it like a C.
- Mother's milk tea and lots of it.
- I'm instructed to drink 5 cups a day of this licorice nastiness. Bleh. I just gulp it and go.
- Fenugreek and other herbs
- Burp her when she gets squirmy rather than try to reattach her right away.
- No more pacifiers.
Thankfully, Joanna is latching well and is doing a great job. She has great duck lips and stays awake for the most part. When I poke and prod and pull off her socks, she stays awake for the feeding.
Oh, and did I mention no more pacifier?.. We'll see how that one goes. Since she's not having an issue with latching, I may just minimize the pacifier rather than throw it away completely. Soon after the session, I brought her with me to worship practice and the whole no pacifier thing was a poorly timed instruction. She howled for 5 minutes before I finally gave in and shoved her beloved friend into her open pout. Within milliseconds, she was content and glassy eyed. Phew.
Yea, we won't be throwing away pacifiers quite yet.