Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Conference and Nursing

I am a little disappointed because I couldn't get as much out of conference as I normally do. I usually watch every session, but this time I only was able to watch 2, and I only really heard about 3 talks total. It's really hard to pay attention when you're taking care of a fussy infant and a needy two year old...

But anyway, it was really good...the parts I did hear. My favorite was Elder Holland's talk about the Savior and the Atonement on Sunday morning. It was so good! I love conference and I look forward to reading the talks in the Ensign next month!

So, I decided that since I have been off dairy for about a month now, collectively, and I'm noticing no change in Josh (if anything, he is worse!), I'd try eating it again and seeing what happens. So I ate ice cream last night (yay! so good!) and had actual milk with my cereal this far there is no difference, so I'm thinking he probably doesn't have a problem with dairy. It's just so hard to tell because his fussy spells are so sporadic, that when I think they were brought on by a certain thing, the next time it's something else. So it's hard to tell. Unfortunately, I think it's going to just be something he has to outgrow.

The only thing I can pin it to now is my overabundant milk supply, or overactive letdown. The way he is acting fits every symptom to the T. If it is that, there are things I can do to try and manage it, which I've been doing, but it doesn't really get under control until usually by the end of the third I just have to be patient and accept the fact that until then, he's just going to want to eat for only about 5-10 minutes at a time, every hour or two! The La Leche League website has been such a tremendous help to me! That site is amazing and is sooo full of information...anything you wanted to know about nursing, or babies and mothers nursing habits, issues, etc., is on that website....and MUCH more! It has totally helped just to be more educated on the way things work and what you can do about certain things. It even puts some of the old breastfeeding myths to rest and explains the why behind a lot of stuff. I highly recommend it to anyone who has questions or issues they need help with. It has cleared up a LOT of unknowns for me! Anyway, I am going to a LLL meeting in Prescott on Monday too, and hoping that will help with stuff too!


Chris and Molly Wambeke said...

Hey Jennie - It is Molly from Melaleuca! I saw on facebook that you had a blog - I do to but mine is private. If you want an invite send me your email. Mine is I am sorry to hear that you are having challenges nursing your little one. I had problems with my little girl too. I tried cutting out dairy products for over a month. I even cut out all citrus or acidic foods like anything with tomatoes, oranges, lemons, etc. It helped a little but not a ton so I started eating that stuff again because I was sick of the same old stuff over and over. This was when Eva was between 2-3 months old. For about a month straight she cried from about 8pm until midnight and would only nurse for a few minutes at a time. It was so sad and frustrating. Then about 3 months old she started projectile vomiting. I took her to the doctor and we kept an eye on things and then at her 4 month appointment he finally decided she had acid reflux really bad and she has been on medicine ever since. It has really helped. I am still nursing her and things are so much better. I don't mean to say that your little boy has acid reflux - but never rule it out. I would keep an eye on it and ask your doctor if you are wondering. Hopefully though whatever it is will pass soon. Good Luck!

Dana and Tiff said...

Funny, I was just going to recomend the same thing! My little guy is so fussy, and we were starting to wonder if we sould send him back, but them we took him in and his Dr. decided that he has reflux...he cries randomly during feedings, he arches his back, and has wet burps, all tell tale signs of GERD (aka reflux!). YOu might have already looked into it, but if you haven't, it is worth it!

Oh probably are wondering who I am...I am Becky's sister, I saw your link on her blog and clicked, hope you don't mind. I am pretty sure we have met, but I don't expect you to remember me!

Good luck with Joshua!