The Challenge that is feeding Zachary Harrison
I never thought raising a baby would be easy. I expected the lack of sleep to be tough. The constant crying and pooping seemed like obvious challenges. What I did not expect to be so difficult right away is feeding him. My wife is nursing our son and it seemed obvious that at every feeding our baby would pounce on the nipple and go to town. The reality is that it is not so easy and, if it were easy, there would not be a such thing as a lactation consultants.
- The first challenge is getting the baby to latch on. Latch on is a phrase every nurse, doctor and lactation consultant we have spoken to uses. They use the term as if you were snapping the baby on like a button. This sounded a bit odd to me but my wife says it actually feels like Zachary snaps on.
- Another challenge is that when the baby is born most mothers do not have their milk in yet. Their milk comes in usually within a couple of weeks but sometimes it takes longer. This phrase, “waiting for the milk to come in” is another odd one. They refer to the milk coming in as if my wife is a convenience store that forgot to place the milk order.
- I had mentioned in an earlier post the concept of nipple confusion. When the nurses at the hospital mentioned this I thought this was plain weird and not likely to happen. Because my wife’s milk has taken a few days to come in we had to supplement Zachary with formula last night. Drinking from a bottle is much easier for Zachary. At 5AM this morning we found ourselves cursing under our breaths as we realized that nipple confusion had happened to little Zachary.
You get the idea. And, Zachary would get used to where I was dabbing him so he would no longer wake up. So I would have to keep dabbing him in different places to shock him into waking up. I am pretty sure this same routine has been used in Guantanamo.