Friday, February 4, 2011

Who Ya Gonna Call???

Eloise had an appointment today to check on her weight. She is up to 7 lbs, 8.5 oz (which is 4 oz more than her birth weight--YEA!). After talking with the doctor about a few things... he checked to see if perhaps she is tongue tied. Sorry if this is TMI... but we are having a hard time with the whole "latching on" thing. The first few seconds, I am in excruciating pain. Then, after maybe 10 seconds has passed, she goes on to nurse normal and all is well.

However, I also am SO SORE pretty much 24/7.

The doc said that she didn't seem tongue tied... and he gave me a pamphlet to call a lactation consultant. As much as I wish I didn't have to... and that everything would magically be wonderful... I called.

We have an appointment for tomorrow.

Something has GOT to give! Obviously Eloise is getting milk. She is growing and gaining. But I need some sort of relief. I am hoping that this appointment will bring that for me. I can handle the lack of sleep thing... but I just dread the feedings in general because I know that they are going to bring such pain.

So, wish me luck!! I am a bit nervous of having someone observe me while I'm feeding, but if the end result is good... that's what's important for me and Eloise both!!

Here are Cory and Eloise the other night. Normally, we wouldn't let this happen... since ya know, it's not recommended. But since I was up and Cory was obviously pooped, I couldn't see the harm!

Sorry I don't have anything fun or interesting to post about... but my life is limited to eat, sleep and changing diapers for the time being!!

Have a great weekend!


  1. I know just how you feel Momma, I had the same problem with my daughter.
    I ended up seeing a lactation consultant a couple of times, and it saved us!

    My daughter wasn't latching right, and I wasn't holding her right, and my breasts were torn and bleeding, and then she started to not gain weight.

    Through tons of helpful tips and determination, and just like you said many dreaded feedings and pain... She was breastfed for her entire first year.

    Hoping you get some relief, and she's just a doll!

  2. Jax (I of my three) was tongue tied. I hope you can get this all figured out and working much better for you! I know you will! I will be praying!
    You are such a good mama! xo

  3. I remember it being so hard with my first. Wishing you luck with the consultant appointment. It will all work out I am sure. It is wonderful you are willing to do all this for your Eloise. Thats what Moms do. She has beautiful bright eyes. Still in my prayers. Blessings!

  4. Wishing you the best and hope they can help you. Glad your not giving up. She is beautiful and so are you. Congrats on the fav jeans....what a great feeling that is.

  5. Oh mama! The lactation lady will help you so much. I had the same issues too, it was so awful I almost gave up. OR I'd just pump and feed her because I dreaded the pain. You will be so surprised when you finally "get it" that it doesn't hurt that bad! It's never "comfortable" but it shouldn't be unbearable. However...I hated the guilt given to me about never giving up, so I will be the friend that tells you, if it doesn't happen- don't feel bad!

  6. Hi there; I was a La Leche League leader for years. The first baby I nursed was EXACTLY as you describe. It WILL be better. The baby's mouth will grow, and your nipples will toughen. The consultant should be able to help with any latch issues. I can almost promise that by 6/8 weeks it will be better...which I know can seem like forever when each feeding creeps by. I was soooo glad to carried on and got through. He nursed for 2 years...that first little guy! LOL I went on the successfully nurse all my babies after that!



  7. Best of luck with your appointment, Devon! At the very beginning, I was sore, bleeding, and even bruised! That cold winter air doesn't help, either. I didn't get to see a lactation consultant, but I made the nurses at the hospital give me a breast shield. It helped immensely with latching. Although it was messy and inconvenient, it saved me, I used it for about 10 weeks and was able to nurse more comfortably up to about 9 months.


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