Don't worry, I didn't forget about my Monday weigh in. I don't have much to report because... my first week didn't go as great as I had planned but I'm not too upset about it. It's harder than I thought it would be to get back into exercising with an 11 week old. I did really well as far as food goes and that's a plus in my book! I'm the same weight as last week and honestly, I'm more worried about relactation and physical therapy than weight loss right now.
Here's an update on life...
Relactation: Pumping every three hours is hard work.
I want to thank Courtney a million times for going the extra supportive mile for me and asking her LC to talk to me. She was a huge help and I now have some new things to try and I don't feel quite so alone in all of this.
This is what I've learned:
- Getting Emily back to nursing. Sometimes she can do it and sometimes she gets very frustrated. We had two successful sessions yesterday- in the morning she nursed for 24 minutes on each side and didn't seem to be hungry for more so I am hoping she got enough. In the afternoon she nursed for 15 minutes each side and then needed a bottle.
- I will be trying to incorporate oatmeal and brewers yeast into my diet. These two things are supposed to increase production. I am also going to be taking More Milk Plus capsules.
- I rented a hospital grade pump and I am *trying* to pump every 3 hours. I got 3 oz this morning so I am slowly but surely getting more milk.
Emily does have torticollis, meaning the group of neck muscles on her left side are tight and/or damaged. This causes her to only want her head turned to the left. This can happen in utero or there can be trauma during L&D that causes this.
Her first PT appointment was yesterday and she cried most of the time. It hurts her to turn her head and that's what we need to do to strengthen the muscles on the right side of her neck and stretch the ones on the left. I've been working on this at home and we are seeing a little progress. We also have to do more tummy time and alternate how we hold her and feed her.
The torticollis has caused her to have a slight flat spot on the lower left side of her head because that is where she lays when she sleeps. The physical therapist said we should get a referral from our doctor to have her skull evaluated to see if a helmet is necessary to prevent facial asymmetry.
I will leave you with a picture of sweet Emily cheering for the Steelers (we are so sad they lost).