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Sleep Schedules for Babies

I’m learning so much along this parenting journey!  Right now, I’m just trying to read as much as I can in preparation for the next step.  Arden is 5 weeks old and we’re managing to keep the sanity around here.  Improving our sleep would be a huge bonus for us — so maybe sleep schedules are the place to start.

From Diary of a Fit Mommy
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On Sunday, Feb 11, we welcomed our Mini: Arden Elise Campbell.  She arrived with a conehead after 27 hours of labor at 10:09pm.  She was oriented OP, and I got my epidural at 4cm around 9:30am from one of my colleagues, Shiyin.  The epidural was perfect — it was so nice to have to take the edge off the pain.  However, because she was OP, I was still having quite a bit of back/bottom pressure from her head coming down and placing a lot of pressure on my tailbone.  We tried multiple maneuvers to get her turned, but to no avail.  My OB, Kim Washkowiak, came in on her day off to deliver Arden (that’s a huge deal and wonderful favor from my OB).  Around 9pm, she was 10 cm and complete…and it was time to push!  After an hour of pushing an OP baby… we met our sweet Arden bug.  She was 7lb 3 oz, 21 inches long, and absolutely perfect.  She had a great latch, and we started breastfeeding immediately.  Of course, it would take almost a week for my milk to come in.  We supplemented with formula and breastfed as well as pumped to increase my milk supply.  She’s been a wonderful journey so far.  We’re learning new things about her and us everyday.

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I’ve heard that breastfeeding is tough.  The 1st month can be outright brutal.  Why does such a natural process give so many new mothers problems?  So, I’m researching and looking into this.

Exclusive pumping for a newborn

WHO: Optimal timing for exclusive breastfeeding

Exclusively pumping and nipple pain

Sample pumping schedules

FAQ: Medela Pump Advanced in Style

Medela: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Willow Pump

Important Links:


I’ve been thinking lately (I’m 37 weeks, 6 days)… can I get a head start on breastfeeding to induce labor?


UPDATE: February 26, 2018 post-partum

Breastfeeding is hard.  The first week after Arden was born was a really rough one — lack of sleep, whole new routine/schedule, physical pain, soreness, learning new parenting skills, etc.  It took a while for my milk to come in… almost a week for me.  Once it did, it wasn’t much.  So my pediatrician recommended that we start supplementing with formula as Arden had lost 10% of her birth weight.  This made me so sad as I was committed and ready to exclusively breast feed.  But, my body was not ready.  So, I continued breastfeeding her every 3 hours (we set alarms to make sure I was on time) while also supplementing her with 2 oz. of Enfamil Premium Newborn.  I started going to a breastfeeding support group which is so wonderful because it connects mothers with other mothers and helps us all troubleshoot our breastfeeding challenges.  It’s interesting to hear other moms speak of their troubles because everyone seems to have different questions at various points in their baby’s life.  After doing a week of formula supplementation, I went back to the pediatrician and Arden not only met her birth weight but also gained some as well.  This made me feel better as a mom because she was getting the nutrition she needed despite my best efforts at breastfeeding.  But, I wasn’t giving up on the boob.  The more I searched the internet and asked at our breastfeeding support group, the more I learned and started brainstorming to see if I could get my body to produce more breastmilk.

Week 1:

Breastfeeding 10 minutes on each breast every 3 hours (starting from the initial feed, not at the end of the feed).  Nipples were extremely sore.  Arden had a great latch and would suckle vigorously.  I even considered a nipple shield for pain.  I used breastmilk and lanolin around the nipple after each feed.  This was the most painful week.

Week 2:

I started experimenting with pumping as there was one day where my nipples were too sore to allow Arden to breastfeed.  I still went every 3 hours on the breast pump (Medela In-Style Advanced). After 1 day of pumping, I revisited trying to breastfeed her and my nipples felt better.  I read somewhere that I should try and pump at the halfway point of my breastfeeding times.  So, I would pump 1.5 hours after I started breastfeeding.  This helped increase my milk supply.  I went from doing 0.5 oz per breast to 1oz per breast.  I think this more closely mimics a cluster feed and helps the body adapt to feed a hungry baby.  Halfway through week 2, Arden started doing 15 minutes at each breast.  I would often see milk in and around her mouth, so I know she was getting some breast milk.  The biggest trouble was getting her to stay awake at the breast.  Burping her and changing her diaper helped wake her up for the 2nd breast.  Towards the end of the week, Arden started only taking one breast at each feed.  She would pass out at the breast and even when we tried burping her and changing her diaper, she was satisfied enough that she did not want the second breast.  This was a new behavior and I’m not sure what to do.  So, I would pump the second breast…and then start her on that pumped breast at the next feed.

Helpful links:

Week 3:

The start of this week, Arden is feeding every 1.5 hours.  Is this a growth spurt?  She’s still getting 2oz (sometimes 3 oz) of supplemental formula.  This article from KellyMom was a wealth of info for me.

One of the days, Arden fed 12 times in a day.  My nipples were incredibly sore from the constant feeding.  I called three different local board certified lactation consultants to help — currently scheduling when that will be.

Also, I found out the Medela phone app has a video call to board certified LCs — I’m excited to try this out.  It’s for a fee (not hefty), but they’re available 24/7.

When the breastfeeding baby falls asleep before they’re full

Week 4: Dialing it in this week!

45 min – 1 hour
1) Undress Arden down to diaper to feed and feed every 3 hours or sooner if she cues.
2) Use Breastfriend pillow to get her to nipple height.  Turn her tummy to tummy.  Firm up nipple.  Touch top lip, wait for wide open mouth and bring her to you quickly. (RAM = rapid arm movement).
3) Stimulate breast (5 o’clock position) for squirt to wake her at breast.  Feed effectively for goal 15 minutes (ok 10-15 min) on one breast.
4) Burp her in front position.  Change her diaper.  Then offer second breast for 10-15 minutes (goal 15 minutes).
5) Handoff to help when available —> Supplement with previously pumped breast milk first, then formula to meet goal of 2.75oz (full feed goal).
6) Pump while help in supplementing her.  Do 15 minutes of pumping both breasts simultaneously directly after breastfeeding (or after supplementing if no help available).  Every 5 minutes: increase the suction as tolerated and hand massage both breasts simultaneously and lean over for another letdown.  Don’t need to hit the letdown button on Medela pump if just came off breastfeeding bc Arden already stimulated the letdown.
7) Save what is pumped from breasts for supplemental feed the next time at feeding.
8) Journal all feeds, supplement, wet diapers, stools, spit ups, behavior, etc.
Key Points:
  1. Feed baby
  2. Establish milk supply
    1. Double pump
      1. Never uncomfortable
      2. High suction
    2. Galactogogues
      1. Fenugreek: 3 capsules, 3x/day = 9 capsules/day
      2. Milk tea: 2-3x/day
      3. Oatmeal
      4. Multigrains
      5. Lactation cookies
  3. Breastfeeding going well
DOB: 2/11/2018 —> 7.3 lb
D/C: 2/13/2018 —> ?
1st Peds: 2/14/2018 —> 6.10 lb (10% drop)
2nd peds: 2/20/2018 —> 7.1 lb
LC help: 3/6/2018 —> 8.6 naked, 0.6 pampers diaper, 9.2 with fresh diaper
Both breasts for feed —> 0.7 oz
Goal full feed —> 2.75 oz per feed

Week 5

Things are going better with the combo breastfeeding, pumping, and supplementing.  Arden seemed like she had a growth spurt a couple of days ago that left her almost inconsolable and crying and fussy for most of the 2 days.  Her intake has gone up (and that’s self-guided by her).  The pump output has increased (but I’m still popping the galactogogue pills and cookies/drinks).  The tatas are sore, but not like week 1 or 2 sore.  I’m slowly becoming okay with the reality that she may be a formula baby.  But, I want to give her the best I can.  The other change that happened this week is that I rented a hospital grade breast pump for a month –> Medela Symphony.  I like it…. it is definitely bigger than my small portable Medela In Style Advanced and I think the Symphony has better suction capability.  Perhaps that is really helping to increase my supply and the other pills/cookies/drinks are just placebos!
More breastfeeding info:

Week 6

For the first time, my letdown has ejected milk from the other boob while Arden is feeding on the opposite boob.  I got the NatureBond Manual breast pump to place on the “free” boob while Arden is nursing and it collected 0.8 oz of liquid gold!  This is a new thing for me and I’m so stoked to be able to collect every single drop!

Looking back at what I have taken consistently to get to an increase in milk supply:

And we’re already thinking of traveling with Arden soon!!

EatingRichly: Traveling and Pumping



Posted in Family, Life, Relationships, Review, travel, Wedding

2017 in Review

A brief year in review…

January 2017 was a stressful month for us as we were getting ready for our February wedding.  I remember the calls, appointments, dress try-ons, tastings, dance lessons, etc… there was always something to do or plan.

Our wedding on February 4, 2017 went off without a hitch.  It was such a wonderful day and it seemed to be a fun time had by all!  We had a mini-moon to Santa Barbara right after our wedding for a couple of days.

We celebrated Ross’ bday in Mammoth with a group of friends.  It had been years since both of us had snowboarded, but it was a great time for all and no one broke anything!  Such a fun time and group of people!!

Ross and I dabbled in skateboarding and ukulele.  We got some awesome Carver skateboards that’s supposed to simulate surfing on land — Ross is a natural and has enjoyed skateboarding with me while I take a walk around the neighborhood.  The ukulele has been a musical love of mine for a while and I finally pulled the trigger to get more into it.  My piano and violin background have helped in picking it up… the uke is such a happy and portable instrument!

We took our main honeymoon at the end of April to South Africa and the Maldives. Check out our itinerary here!

After we got back from our honeymoon, both Ross and I were extremely drained.  We weren’t sure if it was from the jet lag or work (this had not happened to us before and we had made multiple international flights before!).  Little did we know that time of conception may have been somewhere around mid-May 2017!

And the biggest news of 2017 — our pregnancy!

We had a fun trip to Seattle in July (The Mini was 8 weeks!) to wine taste (this trip was booked before we found out about the pregnancy), watch a concert (Train and some others), stay in a yurt, and SUP the waterways of Washington!

Our last big trip of the year –> the Azores!  We traveled when I was 16 and 17 weeks pregnant, which was a good time!  It was the last time I would surf for this pregnancy as my belly was starting to get in the way of laying on my stomach for a paddle.

We started looking at a small house remodel by adding an accessory dwelling unit to our first floor with a separate entrance.  We made plans with the architect and interior decorator, however, once we got our permits submitted to the city…. we discovered they wanted a lofty fee for an accessory dwelling unit that wasn’t mandated by state law.  We’re hoping this fee gets amended or better yet dropped as we have our permits for a year.  So time will tell!

NYE was a busy day!  I worked from 7a-5:30p and then went out to a nice 7p dinner with my bear at our first date spot Cucina Enoteca.  We got home around 9ish and tried to stay up but we passed out on the couch from then until midnight!  Thank goodness for DVR bc we could rewind the NY ball drop and watch it and celebrate!  We opted for a new year tradition: planting one tree/plant (indoor or outdoor) each year!  This year we planted three indoor palms (chamaedorea costaricana, howea forsteriana, chambeyronia macro) and one outdoor palm (from our wedding: the blue green palm — butia capitata blue).

Happy New Year!!

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Wireless phone carriers

Ever since Apple came out with the new iOS for iPhone, it’s made my phone extremely slow and drains the battery life.  Thanks Apple.  This led me to consider doing a phone upgrade, but my phone isn’t that old and it works fine (I have an iPhone 6).  Currently, I’m on AT&T bc it gives me the best cell signal at work.  But, the more I’ve been researching…. the more I’m leaning towards T-mobile or Google Project Fi.

The Data:

My Conclusion:

We would definitely have more opportunities and data options on T-Mobile.  Question is whether it gets good signal in the places where we want to be.  If T-Mobile does get a good signal, it’s a no-brainer for us to switch to T-Mobile.  Google Fi is a strong contender, but I don’t know much about it and there aren’t many reviews on it… and I don’t know where the coverage will be the best for us.  There’s a lot of great perks, but I think at this point we need to go with longevity and data and good customer service that’s known.  Google Fi is only available for android phones so we’d have to switch from iPhone to Android.  Whereas with T-mobile, we could take our existing iPhones to make the switch.

Winner = T-Mobile or Google Project Fi (uses T-mobile, Sprint cell networks)