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October 25, 2010

Just like that, we’re one week into my maternity leave.

And surprisingly things are going pretty well – quite a bit better than I expected, in all honesty.

The Peep is at preschool three mornings a week, and is really a great helper at home.

The Peanut is a good baby – what a difference between a full-term baby and a preemie!  He only cries when he’s got something to cry about, and sleeps for three or four hours at a time, even at night.

The only downside to it all so far, is that my milk production seems to be way down.   At his new-baby-checkup last week,he was down a full pound from his birth weight, so the pediatrician recommended that we supplement his feedings with formula a few times a day.  Which, just like the books all warn, quickly devolved into his losing all interest in the real thing.

So now I find myself giving him a bottle, then pumping.  Pumping in ever-diminishing quantities, at that.  Initially I’d planned to nurse for three months.  Now I’m hoping to make it to his two-week checkup on the 2nd.

I know this is the best thing for him in the long run – that artificial nutrition is better than not-enough natural nutrition.  Still, I can’t help but feel like something of a failure…

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  1. Phyllis Williams permalink
    October 25, 2010 3:46 pm

    Dina..happy to hear things are going better than you expected! Pls don’t beat yourself up about the breast milk. Things happen for a reason. As you know..the first few days of the serum..( can’t think of the correct term) is the most important. I am sure Larson has had a great start. Take Care..

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