I love Sam's male pattern baldness. :)
If you are one of those people who think what I write gets too personal or that I give too much information, STOP READING NOW. Hopefully by saying that I can save myself a few complaints.
Thank you to all of you who have given lactation advice. Here's my scoop. Sam wasn't latching right and because of that, caused some serious damage. I was raw and bleeding and in tremendous pain. I saw a lactation consultant and she said I was so damaged that she wouldn't even help me with Samson's latch. She wanted me to heal first. So I have been solely pumping, every 2-3 hours to try to sustain my milk supply. The thing that makes me so sad is that when I was REALLY damaged (things are finally starting to heal now), I went long stretches without pumping or feeding because it was way too painful. Ever since then, my supply has gone way down and I'm having a hard time getting it back up. I cannot keep up with what Sam needs right now. :(
I'm taking Fenugreek capsules and drinking Mother's Milk tea three times a day, in addition to pumping every 2-3 hours. I'm doing everything my lactation consultant has suggested and I'm still not seeing good results. Right now we are having to give Samson formula a couple times a day and I hate that. If anyone has additional suggestions for me, I would be happy to hear them!
Once I am totally healed, I will head back to my lactation consultant to get help with Sam's latch but in the meantime I need to make sure I'm producing enough to make it worth it. This has been the most difficult thing I've dealt with since Samson was born. If it weren't for this, I seriously would have no complaints. I love this little boy and am enjoying him so much. I am trying to absorb everything about Samson when he is still so little because pretty soon he will be jabbering and running around like his crazy brother.
Thanks for the lactation encouragement, everyone!