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boobs, uber car, formula and hippie moms

i went to the photog meetup yesterday and people were surprised to see me. but it was only for an hour or so and i took an Uber to get home. Ubers are awesome! i'm surprised since their owner is such a dbag, but the whole system was great. it shows me the driver (which was a woman) and where the car is.

thank you to the parents that responded with support for me and breastfeeding. we actually do use formula as well. her weight dropped over the 10% point, so she was born 10 lbs 1 oz and her lowest weight was 8 lbs 15.5 oz.

we use fancy formula that has to be exported in through UK and it's from Germany, it's called HiPP. there's a strange monopoly going on with US formula companies and they don't allow the sale of foreign formulas here. and europe has tighter non-GMO and organic certification.

so yeah, i don't even know how people exclusive breast feed. that's like every 2-3 hours where they're hanging off your boobs. that's 40 hours a week. that's a full time job. so basically right now it's a part-time job for me. i still pump and breast feed, just not for 40 hours a week. if that works for you, great.

it's basically how we're approaching most of the hippie parenting precepts. we cloth diaper. we also use disposables when i don't want to deal with it. and andy does elimination communication (diaper free).

we co-sleep or co-room.
yesterday on the 8th day, we finally put her in the crib in a room alone, and andy slept in the living room with the door open. it's the first time she slept in a room alone.

whatever works.

what i'm finding is that the hippie mom is way more judgey then mainstream moms.



Aug. 22nd, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah the SNS system was a pain in the butt, we were supposed to use it with my nipple but it left baby and me frustrated.

Andy uses it with his finger. Poor baby has sucked on his finger for hours now.

But definitely not a babysitter friendly option, so I'm thankful she is willing to take the tommy tippee.

Aug. 24th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Glad to hear she's able to switch back and forth between nipple, bottle, and finger! We finger-fed with an SNS for the first week or so with A. He lost more than 10% body weight too, so we followed each nursing session with finger-SNS until his latch got better and was able to nurse enough on his own. Getting his tongue tie snipped made a huge difference. You're absolutely right about exclusive breastfeeding being a full-time job, though. My first photography session after giving birth was at 4 weeks and was only a couple hours for an e-session, but it felt like a huge (and luxurious) amount of time away from the baby.
Aug. 24th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeah I think she has a tongue tie.
Aug. 24th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooooh. Ok, yeah, that can make nursing a royal bitch. Painful *and* ineffective. Does her tongue make a wide "V" or heart shape when she cries? Were you at least offered the option of having it clipped? A's was done in a physician's room at, like, day 4? day 5? with basically a pair of scissors. They offered to refer us to an ENT if we wanted, but having it done that early, a doctor at the local breastfeeding center was able to just go "snip" during an office visit and it was done. Almost no bleeding, and the difference it made in nursing was apparent within 24 hours. We were able to stop finger feeding and after two days, I wasn't crying after nursing sessions from the pain. If you're at all on the fence about having it done, I can say that we (both A and I) benefitted immensely from it and would highly recommend it. (I've even heard tell that midwives used to keep one fingernail extra long and sharp to swipe tongue-ties as soon as the child was born.)
Aug. 24th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
hmm it doesn't. but one LC noticed she doesn't stick her tongue out.
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
If she has a tounge-tie, get it fixed as soon as possible. I went seven months before getting LP's fixed and nursing was sooo different afterwards. I wish I'd had it done much sooner.

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
So I ask the ped, and she said that the baby has a very minor tongue tie. so now i'm not sure what to do.