It’s been almost two weeks since I talked about breastfeeding!
Heck, it’s been almost a week since I’ve posted at all. Whoops.
Since I last posted, I had a heartbreak. I stopped nursing all together. I started focusing on my pumping output, and making sure Ruby was getting enough from a bottle. We stopped practicing all of our bottle habits – paced, upright and delayed feeding – and had just started to try to let feeding be stress free. I haven’t been upset or frustrated, and neither has Ruby.
My pumping volumes have increased and decreased, but I’m now getting to where I have 6-7 extra ounces a day to start putting in the freezer. I’m starting to get a freezer stash again! I’m nearly up to 50 ounces already, and that’s more than I’ve had since early in Ruby’s life where I ended up tossing 70 ounces of ‘yeast’ milk.
All of this being said, I nursed Ruby today. All day today. (Well, okay… not all day. But every feeding.) She would try to grab at my chest, and I softly grabbed her hands and told her sweetly, “No pinching. Nice touches. No pinching, Ruby.” I pulled her hand gently away every time she pinched, and told her again, “No pinching. Touch nice, baby.” She would look me in the eyes, little brows furrowed, and I could tell she was frustrated… but she would stop. She began grabbing on to my shirt, or played with my lips and teeth. She pulled at my hair… she stopped pinching.
I did this for every feeding. Every time, I had to talk to her, I had to tell her no pinching. Every time, it frustrated her. Sometimes she got so upset we ended the session early. Sometimes she relaxed and nursed. Either way, it made me feel like we’ve maybe made some progress.
Dang, it felt good to nurse all day. It really felt good.
I think I’m gonna nurse all day tomorrow too. Then, a week or so from now, I’ll take stock and see how we’re doing.
Fingers crossed we’ll be doing even better than now.