Well today we are trying something new. Instead of just feeding Julia 2 oz of expressed breast milk at each feeding we are going to try letting her have as much as she wants until she stops feeding. I know that sounds pretty simple but for the past week every 'expert' I have asked said she only needs 2oz at a time because her stomach is very small. Well I keep feeding her 2 oz (every 2 hours) and then she still cries and is obviously not quite full and isn't done eating. I was so worried I would hurt her stomach if I fed her more I kept with that 2oz rule. In fact, when Chad fed her more I would get upset that he would hurt her.
Well today my friend Sharon (who will be mentioned a lot in this blog because she is my 'baby-expert' friend) assured me a baby is not like a goldfish and will not eat until they explode. So for the next 2 days I will offer her 2.5 oz of breastmilk then have another half oz of formula standing by. If she doesn't need the formula then I will just throw it out (that way I'm not risking wasting any of my hard-won bm).
I've already done it for 2 feedings and the results have been dramatic. She ate until she fell asleep and seemed so content. It almost makes me cry when I think of how many times I have made her sleep with a tummy that wasn't quite full :(
I can't wait to tell Chad about it when he gets home. I'm sure he will be glad because it is basically what he has been saying since the beginning but I was too scared to try... Lets see how this goes...