Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Can't Win for Losing

Sometimes you just can't win for losing.

This past week I've been trying to build up my milk supply. I'd like the babies to get as much breastmilk as possible and keep the topups with formula to a minimum. So I started taking domperidone last week.

It has a very bad effect on my bowels....an area of weakness for me in the best of times and a situation that already was tenuous after being on wicked antibiotics for 10 days. I have to stop taking it or I'm going to be in real trouble.

I'm losing weight like crazy and that's a bad thing. I ended the pregnancy around 154 lbs. Two weeks later I was 130lbs and my stomach was nealy flat and I was able to fit into my pre-pregnancy 'fat day' clothes. Now we're 5 weeks post partum and I'm down to 126lbs and can't keep food in my system long enough to gain the benefits of the calories. It's not a good situation.

Aside from my stomach skin looking a little different, my body is basically back to what it was before babies. It has happened so freakin fast, it's a little disorienting. Did that pregnancy really happen?! How could this be what I look like now?

So we will continue to breastfeed at each feeding and see how the babies do on limited formula top ups. I'll try to get healthy and eat and drink well and see if I can gain a couple of pounds or at least arrest the decline.

At 5 weeks old Rachel is 7lbs 3.5oz and Samson is 7lbs 2.5oz. They are gaining great and Samson is catching up really well. I've got a lot to be grateful for!

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