Sunday, August 21
Questions part... 3?
The girls are three months old on Thursday, so I feel like I should already have this whole nursing thing figured out, but I so do not.
I typically nurse the girls at every feeding except for their 10/11pm feeding. (Though there are times that they decide they need just a little more and I'm already pumping, so a bottle it is!) They get a multi-vitamin so I put it in that bottle & this also makes sure that they get a full feeding and go to bed full. (And I get 3 hours of sleep because OH MY GOD they're still not sleeping more than 3 hours at a time!)
Both girls are still using shields. Do they need them? I don't know! But the last thing I want to do at 2am or 5am is prolong the feeding by testing them off the shield and then putting it back on and on and on. And during the day I do try them off sometimes and sometimes it works great and other times they flail around like a fish out of water. So that's my first question How do I get them both off the shields because I am SO SICK of those stupid things?!
Zoe is good about nursing and it calms her down and she finds it comforting I think. She usually takes full feeds- especially at night. After every feed I still try to "top them off" and she's been refusing any sort of bottler afterwards so I take that as a good sign. Sydney on the other hand... she's so touch and go. She is almost impossible to nurse unless she's swaddled because she's going a mile a minute with her hands. She screams like a banshee if she's even the least bit hungry, so it's a trick feeding Zoe and calming Sydney simultaneously. Once she's eventually calmed I have a hard time getting her to latch. She won't open her mouth very wide like Zoe still does. So that's the second question How do I get Sydney to latch better so she's not falling off and retrying every two seconds? She had a good latch before, but since she has become Miss Drama Queen 2.0 she's starting to lose it. I want it back!
In addition to all the nursing sessions, I pump at least 8-9 times a day still, never going more than 3 hours (unless we're out and about for longer, then never going more than 5 hours). I know I don't so much need to worry about time simply because the girls are nursing and obviously getting what they need, but I'm trying to build a stockpile for back to work. At this point we need a new freezer... but my third question At three months, how many times are most people pumping? I know I'm kind of at overkill, but I have no idea what I should be striving for...