Coming home with a newborn changes everything
Your schedule; when you sleep and eat, everything. I vaguely remembered the change. Our oldest is almost 5 years old. After arriving home with baby Jack it all started to come back. It was like walking into a wall, I knew it was there, but I forgot how it felt to hit it. The first night at home we got very little sleep. With my first son I pumped because he did not latch on, he was a preemie. Baby Jack was a full term 9 pound baby and he latched on immediately. I was told by the lactation consultant at the time that I should wait at least 2 months before introducing bottles. So that meant no relief in feedings it was all up to me. My husband was more than willing to help, he would rock baby Jack to sleep and change his diaper before he brought him to me to feed. I remember the first few days feeling a little overwhelmed. I was so tired! We still had our oldest son to take care, and despite the adage ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ I couldn’t catch any ‘zzzs’ during the day. After 4 weeks in zombie mode of little sleep, and dealing with cluster feedings I received the best news ever from the lactation consultant….we could begin using bottles!!! My husband immediately gave baby Jack a bottle and I had the opportunity to sleep for 3 hours straight! It was awesome. After that I went to bed early and my husband gave the baby bottles at night so I could sleep.