I can’t believe the support that I’ve been getting through this blog already! And it’s not even been live 24 hours! OMW! I should have done this MONTHS AGO!
Earlier today I had a total emotional meltdown. I even wrote this awful, depressing poem that I’m not gonna share (and least not yet). But with all the support and ideas that have been flooding in…. I’m realizing I still have hope and options!
So here’s what’s come in so far and the game plan I’ve come up with:
- Someone suggested I make my own Supplemental Nursing System b/c it’s easier to use than Medela’s SNS. I’m going to try that. Click here for the info on how to one.
- Then Cecilia Mitchell sent me a link to her page with some tips on getting a “nipple confused” baby back to the breast. http://birthyourwayjax.com/confuse.htm I see from all the advise on there and I am not keeping Ruby skin-to-skin as much as I should be. So I’m closing all the blinds of the house, turning the thermostat up, grabbing my Maya Wrap ring sling and gonna stay skin-to-skin.
- Also on that same page is an idea about how to feed the baby the bottle:
“When my son became nipple confused after only a couple of days using bottles at his caregiver’s, I “tricked” him into taking the breast. First of all, I held him in the cradle hold as if I were going to nurse, but I put a pacifier in his mouth. After he had sucked on the pacifier a few times, I pulled it from his mouth and placed my nipple close to his face. He rooted around and latched on. I had to do this a few times before he sucked enough to get my milk to let down. Once it started flowing, he nursed enthusiastically. I had to use this method several evenings in a row until he figured out that he could get Mommy milk from *either* a bottle or my breast. I don’t know exactly how it worked, but my logic was that he would realize that all artificial nipples didn’t bring him milk and that there was milk in Mommy’s breasts.”
I don’t have a pacifier and she’s never taken it but I can still give the bottle this way. I nurse Ruby in football position. It’s the only way she’s ever let me nurse her. So I guess we’re gonna give a bottle like this too. (Whatever works, right?)
- I have found my aromatherapy shoulders heating pad that my mom bought me for Christmas. It keeps me relaxed. The scents help calm my nervous and actually put me in a much better mood. When pumping, i can slide it down to my breasts to get a better let down.
- Gonna sleep skin-to-skin with Ruby tonight and for the next several nights.