Baby Story: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Jonathan pointed out that my last blog post didn’t really fulfill its promise of concluding our breastfeeding saga. I doubt anyone was on the edge of their seat, but as of 11:37 tonight, Talia has been breastfeeding without any magic tricks for two weeks, three days, fourteen hours, and twenty-five minutes…or so. Indeed, when we went back for our next lactation consultant appointment, Talia had gained an ounce a day for an entire week on breastfeeding alone. So, it’s official: TALIA LEARNED HOW TO EAT. It took her four weeks instead of four days, but once we gave her that deadline, she figured it out. I guess, like her mommy, she works best under pressure.

We have to go back next Monday for a two-week check-in to make sure the trend continued, but I sense that she’s been eating well, and her head is noticeably bigger. Sooo, I guess I’ll get to breastfeed her for the foreseeable future after all. I really didn’t think it was going to work out, and, like any good pessimist, I’m still prepared for things to go wrong at any point. For now, though, I’ll consider this to be a closed issue and move on to other non-breastfeeding blog posts, as promised. Thanks for bearing with me; I’m happy to say that I’m starting to have other things to talk about again :)

About Sarah

10 years ago, I was a computer science student. 5 years ago, I taught kindergarten. 2 years ago, I trained teachers. Now, I'm a technical writer. I have thoughts about most of these things, but most likely I'll just write about neuroses and why I love Mr. Gatti's pizza. Which might be a neurosis.
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5 Responses to Baby Story: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. Greg says:

    Yay! I love stories with a happy ending :-)

  2. Kirstin says:

    Sarah, I’m thrilled to read that you guys have gotten this figured out! Woo hoo!! I hope you have smooth sailing now. :)

    (I should warn you that around 12 months with both of my kids, as they had started to get more teeth, their latch changed and it was painful to nurse for about a month. The only thing I could do to help it as they were adjusting their latch was to nurse in different positions (even on the bed with our feet extending in opposite directions!) I think this is pretty common around 12ish months. Also, beware of hand-foot-mouth disease. Sebastian got this around 14 months and the blisters in his mouth made it too painful to nurse for about a week. Thankfully he would drink from a sippy cup. Just something to keep in the back of your mind since it’s so common among little ones.)

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks for the well-wishes…I still find it kind of nerve-wracking on a day-to-day basis worrying whether or not she’s eating the way she should. I’m hoping that feeling will subside as she gains more weight…assuming she keeps gaining weight :)

      My original goal had been to nurse for a year, but with all this drama, I’m setting more intermediate goals. Three months is the first milestone I’m shooting for because that’s when I go back to work, and I know that might be a difficult transition. If we make it past the back-to-work pumping hurdle, I’ll aim for six months, at which point I will feel pretty satisfied about having fulfilled a lot of health benefits. After that, a year would be my next benchmark, and I imagine I’ll continue after that only if I find nursing to be super awesome :) Right now, I’d say I don’t mind it 1/2 of the time, I actually look forward to it 1/4 of the time, and the other 1/4 of the time Talia just acts crazy and it’s kind of stressful :) Those proportions are drastically different than they were a few weeks ago, though, so I do expect to continue enjoying it more.

      • Kirstin says:

        Small goals sound like a good plan! Sounds like you’ll be able to continue for as long as you like at this point (I hope). :)

  3. Kerri says:

    aw that’s awesome! i’m so proud of you for persevering :) breastfeeding is one of the most difficult things i can imagine! love you muches <3

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