I wish I could say I’m terribly busy doing awesome things that benefit the world around me, but I’m really busy doing small things that mainly benefit little Remy, who’s my world right now. We’re about 6 weeks out from his Birth Day and are kind of falling into a rhythm. We’re settling into our new normal and loving it.
Remy still isn’t breastfeeding, well, he’s drinking breast milk from his special feeder, not from the tap. We went and saw the suck specialist which turned out to be 5 specialists: a doctor (some sort of pediatrician), an occupational therapist, registered dietician, speech therapist, and one student who’s specialty I didn’t catch. Fortunately, the deep/wide palate issues and inability to suck have resolved. Remy’s grown into his big mouth. And Remy sucks big time now. LOL! Ha ha, he sucks. Now, the lactation consultant thinks he refuses the breast for some other reason, like a traumatic birth experience or the fact that he just likes drinking out of his special feeder. We still practice breastfeeding and he latches just fine, but he doesn’t nurse. The lactation consultant gave me some cups for him to drink out of so I can wean him off the special finger feeder, but it’s been an exhausting week so we’ll get started with that in a few days.
When the 5 suck specialists were presenting their findings to me I was moved almost to tears. A lot of breastfeeding moms at La Leche League, my midwife, the lactation consultant, a ton of you guys have told me I’m doing a great job with trying to get my son to breastfeed. It’s nice to get a compliment, but at some point it kind of goes in one ear and out the other. The suck specialists started out the results by saying, “Let’s go over Remy’s strengths.” I almost laughed. He’s 5 weeks old; his strengths are crapping his pants and crying. Do you know what Remy’s number one strength is? Invested family. Me and OccDoc. Somehow knowing that I’m considered one of Remy’s strengths really impacted me. Just reframing the whole ‘you’re doing a good job’ compliment totally made my day.
Once life calms down I plan on writing a post on Remy’s special feeder/finger feeder and the infant cups since most people have never seen them before. Thanks for your patience!