A bit of background information so you can be appropriately ecstatic with me: Asher takes 45-120 minutes to eat every time he eats. Just stop for a moment and imagine that with me. Eight times a day, I sit on the couch with him and he sucks and sucks and sucks for an hour or two, depending on how tired he is. It takes up a lot of day and all the food he's eating is already used up because it takes so long to get it into his little body. End of background info.
The bad news is, Asher has not gained at all in the last week and a half. Hmph! The LC gave us a different bottle to try and we tried, hard, for five days. Asher hated it. He only ate half as much with it and mostly pushed it around with his tongue. So, I stuck him back on the bottle he's been using since he was in Children's and he started to eat voraciously. There you go, he likes his bottle and that's it.
The good news is, the LC said why don't you use a bit faster flow of nipple on the bottle. (Insert light bulb here) I felt a little foolish never having even thought of trying that, considering that's why she gave me the different bottle in the first place. Chalk that up to sleep deprivation.
So, Asher and I went shopping today. Lo and behold, when I fed him tonight he drank his bottle within 25 minutes, including stopping to burp and getting more milk to put in! Of course, he spit up a good portion right after. Note to self: stop to burp more often. But still, that is pretty good improvement! He immediately fell into a very deep and peaceful sleep. I'm sure his little body is so happy to have all that milk in his belly without having to fight hard to get it in there!
I feel like this is a miracle for him and for me!
We haven't given up on nursing but we have to take first things first. So, happy birthday to my little hardworker and here's hoping he'll soon have a beautiful buddha belly.
Part of the celebration, some brother love. Enjoy!