The first 2 weeks home with my newborn was the longest and toughest for me. All 3 times. I basically lived on our couch. My husband is a truck driver, so I never woke him up to do over night feedings. I breastfed all 3 boys. They are now 11, 7, and 2. They are different in so many ways. But the one thing they all had in common is that they loved to eat when they were babies. Especially when they were newborns. It seemed that they wanted to eat every hour for about an hour. In an effort to let my hubby sleep and so baby would stay asleep, or sleep feed, I lived on the couch & continuously fed him all night long for the first 2 weeks. After that, they seemed to ease up and go longer between feeds, especially at night. But it was gradual. Then by the time we got into a good routine, they would take that growth spurt and here came the cluster feeds. These were around 3 weeks, and again at 6 weeks for each. Then, it seemed liked it happened every month to 6 weeks after that until they were around 6 months. With my first baby, this was a totally new learning experience. Each one after, I was a little more prepared each time.
Here are some things that I learned about how to prepare for these first 2 weeks home, and even after, for feeding times. It does not matter if you breastfeed or bottle feed. These helpful tips can be used at any feeding time. You will want to make sure that you have a designated area for feeding time. If not, have a portable caddy or cart prepared to roll with you wherever you choose to feed. Be sure to have healthy snacks and plenty of bottle water for you, Mama. You will want to have a few diapers, changing pad, wipes, and anything else you might need for diaper changes. If you are night feeding, you will want to keep the area/room as dark as possible, with just enough light to be able to see what you are doing. This way baby can sleep feed and not fully wake up. Make sure to have a couple of blankets handy. I love the muslin blankets for summer and the warm soft fleece ones for winter. You will want to make sure you have extra blankets, onesies, burp clothes, and anything of that nature. You never know when there will be an accident, such as a blow out or spit up. Trust me! It happens! You may want to have an extra T-shirt or nightgown and blanket for yourself, as well. Most importantly, enjoy these moments with your little one! The rough parts are temporary, and these babies do not stay little forever!
What about you, Mama? Do you have any advice or helpful tips for feeding times? Rather it be the first 2 weeks home or beyond, do you have a story to tell? We would love to hear from you!