Coming Home: Milo's First Week

by - October 16, 2016

It was a rough drive home from the hospital. I was nervous the entire way having my baby in the car for the first time. Every bump and turn was aching. I was still very very sore from having a major surgery. Standing at the bottom staring up at the staircase leading to my front door. How could I forget about the stairs! I regretfully embarked on my journey up what, to me at the time, resembled the cover of a Led Zeppelin record. Once I finally waddled, all the way to the top, to my second story apartment, I watched Milo as he slumbered fast asleep in his car seat. We were home and a surreal calmness fell over me. "I can do this", I thought to myself.

Milo took to breastfeeding so easily, he practically did it himself, but after some days past it became more and more painful. I suffered through it for his sake, but my nipples were chapped and became so sensitive I could barely get dressed. I began using the "Honest Company Nipple Balm" after each feeding and before pumping, which helped tremendously. Though, I still didn't think breastfeeding should feel like that. Something wasn't right. So I tried to see if my vicious eater would take a bottle part time, just to give my lady bits some space to recover. He was not a fan of the bottle at first, however as time passed he seemed to settle. I kind of like the idea of bottle feeding. I can see how much he is eating and monitor his growth. We are using the "Tommie Tippee" brand of bottles and we have not had any problems. Plus, they fit perfectly in my "The First Years" warmer. So that's a bonus.

Just a couple days after coming home we had our first newborn doctors appointment. So Michael and I loaded our new little hunk into the car and headed to the pediatrician. Milo lost a pound from his birth weight which the nurse said is normal. When the doctor arrived, I brought up the troubles we had been having with breastfeeding and come to find out Milo had what's called a Tongue Tie. This prevented his tongue from blocking his gum line, not allowing him to latch properly, which caused the roughness during our feedings. It was hard for me to say yes too, but the doctor said she could cut a bit of the underneath of his tongue and our problems with breastfeeding should cease. The cutting procedure didn't seem to bother him much. He was a champ about the whole thing. Even fed right after. That night he feed for much longer than normal. He also seemed to not get as frustrated. Now that he is latching properly he is getting more milk and not getting so upset. It was still painful, I needed time to heal, but I could tell a major difference.

I have had Milo co sleeping in bed with me in his nursing pillow. Movement was very difficult, and getting out of bed multiple times through out the night to get him from his bassinet, was not going to happen. It was all I could do to even get myself into bed during those first days. Aside from Milo's doctor's opinion on co sleeping, he continues to snooze right by my side. Reaching over and grabbing him was still a challenge, but much more convenient. I enjoy him next to me, knowing I can check on him anytime. I don't have to worry about space either, this king size bed is plenty big enough with Michael on the sofa. No way Milo can be harmed in his little corner. 

In spite of our issues with feeding being solved this didn't stop Milo from fussing all night. One day during his first week home, he decided he wanted to sleep all day and party all night. I had barely started pumping. My milk was scarcely in, but that didn't stop him from wanting to binge for hours, since he wouldn't wake up to feed during that day. When the well dried up, he got loud, very loud. Fussed and cried the rest of the night and into the morning. I was exhausted and at a loss for what to do. The hospital sent us home with a goodie bag. In that came a four pack of the premixed formula the hospital uses for newborns that will not be breastfed. I am not much of a fan of formula. It is definitely a last resort option in my opinion. Formula only supplies the basics, nothing more. The baby will surrvive, get full and grow but that is the end of the benefits of formula. However, he was still hungry and since I was unable to wake him all day I had no other choice. He took two whole bottles of the premixed formula and finally fell fast asleep. As did I. Glorious glorious sleep.

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