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After years of wearing a "breast is best" in KiSwahili baseball cap and living in places where everyone on the bush taxi is a lactation consultant (seriously), I thought breastfeeding would be a fairly straightforward exercise. Alas, it is not the case for us. Having a c-section affected my milk supply, and in addition Baby Z was born tongue-tied (i.e. the real thing, not the idiom) so we had to see an oral surgeon to correct his condition. Basically the strip of muscle under his tongue was so extended that he was unable to latch. Luckily the specialist used a laser so no blood and a short recovery time, though poor Baby Z was an unhappy camper for the day. We already started him on formula, which I supplement with my own breastmilk through pumping. He also likes using a pacifier, another hospital habit. I've been seeing a lactation consultant, which has been helpful and encouraging, but doesn't make it all any less of a trial. So there's hope but also a lot of work for both of us. I'm hoping to get this all resolved by the time I return to work.

MoBob left on Thursday afternoon for France to pick up my sister-in-law and returns this afternoon. His absence made the past few days a little rough, especially at night, but I was lucky to have a lot of support. I had visitors scheduled every day, and Baby Z has been pretty good for the most part. Actually, since we've come home, MB has taken on the bulk of the childcare, and so this is really the first time that Baby Z and I have really hung out on our own.

waking up and taking it easy
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On April 22nd, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC), jandjsalmon commented:
SO COMPLETELY PRECIOUS AND ADORABLE!

I hope you get everything resolved soon too. *hugs*
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
He is simply devine. 2 of my 3 were horrible at breastfeeding...seriously...it's not the end of the world you have to bottle feed...there is too much to enjoy to get bogged down by maternal guilt.
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC), curieuse commented:
He's so, so sweet!! Love that picture!! He looks like he's holding back a bit of a joke. :)

As hard as it is in that maelstrom of hormones and emotions please try to remember whatever happens will be okay. Pumping is a lot of work but any milk you can get to him is a plus. I take my hat off to you for trying so hard, it will be okay no matter how it turns out! (I remember people saying that to me and it seemed like they were full of it, but it was totally true. It will be okay!)
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC), themenow commented:
He's such a chill baby. I love his Jedi-In-Training suit he has on there! (Can you tell I'm an only child with no knowledge of babies?)
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
He. Is. So Cute!!!
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
He is just beautiful, so glad he is doing well. Wishing all three of you a long, happy, and healthy family life!
Sarah Ford
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On April 22nd, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Wow I'm sure it's not easy but you sound like you're doing amazing considering what you have been through! Go Mama Pear! How are you enjoying your hanging out time?
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On April 22nd, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC), wunderbar commented:
I had huge breastfeeding issues, but you don't have to give up. Do try and relax and supplement when you're frustrated. Took me weeks of 1 bottle of formula, pumping and nipple shields until she started latching. Eat oatmeal and drink lots of water to increase your supply. Can your husband get any halba/fenugreek from Morocco? You can make a tea out of it or buy some capsules. Here's an awesome video on how to increase supply through pumping: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

Let me know if you need any help/advice. Took 3 weeks til mine got the hang of it. And I had a lot of good tips. LC can do wonders.
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On April 22nd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC), mortuus commented:
That face! *dies from the cute*

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On April 22nd, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC), mynuet commented:
He really is so incredibly cute. :D

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On April 22nd, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
oh em gee he's so adorable! I want to kiss his little nose!
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On April 22nd, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC), angevin2 commented:
omg BAAAAAABY
CUTIE PIE. LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE. And he has so much hair!
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On April 23rd, 2013 03:40 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
He's a beauty!! Hang in there with the bf'ing, it really does get hard but I'm sending you lots of love and encouragement. Had the same problem with my 1st. Had to have her tongue clipped! Then it was feeding her from a cup (pumped milk) after every bf session...lots of improvising and tears, but we figured it out and so will you. Baby has love that's most important!
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On April 23rd, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
He's so cute!!

Drink loads of water. It's what helped me. It's ok if you are running to the loo all the time, just keep doing it and your body will take over.
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On April 23rd, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC), sarafinapekkala commented:
So cute! I'm glad things are mostly going well so far, and I know you'll work out the feeding thing (whatever form the solution ends up taking).
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