As I said in my last post, I have gone back to work. I wish I could stay home instead and maybe someday that might happen. For now, though, I work. Fortunately I have the best possible situation for working outside the home. Little man gets to go to work with me. This means no need for pumping at work. I just breastfeed him when he gets hungry.
Going back to work is exhausting. Thankfully this hasn’t affected my milk supply. I am actually finally starting to even out. I don’t have the oversupply I had before and no longer need to pump before bed or in the morning. Not building my stash was a little scary at first, like pulling out the safety net. But I’ve gotten used to it and it feels so freeing not to have to think about pumping all the time. I have pumped occasionally but it is becoming much more rare.
Little man has some “nipple confusion” now. But he’s confused as to what a bottle is for not my breast. It’s like backwards nipple confusion which kinda makes me chuckle and cheer a little inside. It’s like giving my body a big stamp of approval. You are better than a bottle! *applause* Thank you. Thank you. *more applause* Oh, you don’t have to do that. *the crowd roars* Oh, sit down.
We have continued with the massages but can go a day or two without them now. I guess this means he is learning to use his muscles correctly so he doesn’t get the tightness he used to have.
We met with a speech therapist to make sure I am doing all I can for him even now. She gave me some exercises to do with his cheeks. He has some sensitivity and weakness on one side. This could be why he doesn’t always open his mouth all the way. He doesn’t like his cheek stretching out. I have noticed a slight improvement in his mouth movements since starting these exercises.
He has been sticking his tongue out a lot. I love it. So so much.