Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eating, Sleeping & Pooping

That's basically what the babies do 24/7 right now. I'm getting spoiled because they don't really have any awake time apart from eating and I know that's going to change sooner than I'm going to like. :-)

We had our first pediatrician appointment on Friday afternoon. Both babies lost a little weight, so the doctor put us on a pretty strict feeding regimen. We tried feeding every 2 hours (10 mins on one breast, switch breasts & go for another 10 mins and then 10 mins with a bottle), but the babies were not into that. They weren't getting enough sleep, so they were too tired to eat--and then it's just a vicious cycle. So now we're just keeping watch to make sure they eat at least every 3 hours during the day and setting our alarms for every 2 1/2 hours at night, since that's approximately how often they were waking up to eat last night. Luckily with my mom here we're able to rotate shifts and get some sleep. The system does need a bit of tweaking so my hubby isn't always the one to get up when someone cries, but my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are both coming in next week, so that will make things a lot easier as well.


Cate said...

Try not to worry about them losing a little weight at this point it's pretty normal, we have twins that come in for weight checks at work and the first month one lost and one gained and now they are smaller but look like normal 4 month old girls. Keep up the good work mama!

the mol said...

Avoid the bottles this early if you possibly can--the more you nurse the more you make, and the more you give bottles the less milk you'll make. Don't set a limit on breastfeedings either. I don't want to be a big pain about this but many times doctors don't know much about breastfeeding and don't really care one way or the other if your children end up on formula.

the mol said...

I apologize--what I actually MEANT to say was that you want to make sure that everything that they eat comes from you, even if it does come out of a bottle sometimes. Once they reach the point where they would have been 40w gestation, you can start feeding them more on demand and worry less about scheduling. Best of luck!