Friday, May 20, 2011

Easton Love

We are loving Easton! Well......Shaun and I are loving Easton. Max has other feelings about little brother. He's been acting up quite a bit (driving mom crazy). He's having a hard time adjusting to his little brother taking a lot of attention and time away.
I'm sure they will be best buddies someday. :)
As you can see in the pictures, Easton is TINY! So weird after having our BIG guy Max.
The problem is, Easton is not gaining enough weight. I was concerned about it and took him to the Dr. Office for a weight check. When he was born he weighed 7'3, at his newborn check up, he was 6'7, then at almost 4 weeks he was only 6'13. :(
The Dr. said that his weight gain was not sufficient enough. We now have to give him formula after each breastfeeding. I hope my little guy will be okay. He really likes the formula and drinks about 2 oz after I breastfeed him! This makes me feel awful! I feel like he's been starving this whole time! I'm also worried that he likes the formula a lot more then breast milk.
I've started to breast pump for each meal to see how much comes out. I get about 1 and 1/2 oz to 2 oz at each pump. I've been pumping every 3 hours. I feed Easton the breast milk first and then give him formula. He takes a long time to eat the breast milk and then he guzzles down the formula. He even seems to spit up the breast milk a lot.
We'll see what happens. The stress of it all is really taking a toll on me and everyone in the house. I think I was so excited to actually be able to breastfeed Easton. (I was not able to with Max) I have to except whatever happens and do what's best for everyone in my family.
Once I made the choice to formula feed Max (after a lot of stress and tears) Things worked out fine.
I just want my LITTLE (Easton) buddy and my BIG (Max) buddy to be okay. I love my boys! I mean LOVE!!!! :)


Sankat said...

He is so cute!!!
I dealt with the same problem with Josh (my youngest). He was still below birth weight at a month old. We did the long hard road to weight gain. I pumped every 3 hours too. A little tip...after you stop getting milk from pumping...pump for another 10 min. You might get more, and it will stimulate your body to make more milk. It really worked well with me! I was even able to go back to nursing full time. I hope you little Easton gain weight!

Sankat said...

oh, and eat lots of oatmeal (it makes more milk), drink plenty of water, and check out all of the other things that increase supply. Let me know if you need more ideas.

Ashley said...

Sooooo precious! Love it! :) I hope everything works out for you. Breastfeeding can be stressful. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I'm sure you'll do what's best for you and your family! Keep up the good work! :)

ROBINSON said...

congrats on the charmer!!! you are a wonderful mom! moms are made to do whats best for their kids no matter the cost. And sometimes that means we as moms might get hurt on the way... but we do what we have to, to get by! You love him and want whats best for him and that my friend is what matters most! I had to stop breastfeeding Rhett cause I dried up and it was an emotional trial for me, cause no matter what i physically was not able to feed him. get my number off the ward list i have a remedie i think works for milk production and call me ill share it with ya