Sebastian was born on Friday night. On Monday, we took him into the pediatrician for his first visit, and he had lost 10% of his body weight. (Born 7lbs 9oz, went down to 6lbs 12oz).
This was concerning, and indicated that he wasn’t getting enough breast milk. Throughout the first few nights, he was fussy every 15 minutes or so, and we barely got any sleep. The pediatrician (Dr. Janet Ma) recommended that Mary immediately start using the breast pump, measuring both the pumping output, and the drank milk. Quantify, quantify, quantify.
Obviously we were frantic. We went home and I tore the breast pump out of the packaging. I’ve never read the manual for a piece of electronics that quickly before.
After getting it set up, Mary pumped 100mL out of her left breast, and 2mL out of her right. Her breasts were very engorged and painful. We immediately fed Sebastian 7mL, and then 20mL an hour later. Then he chilled out and slept like he’s never slept before. He was literally starving to death the first few days of his life, and this was the first square meal he’d ever gotten.
We continued to marathon feed Sebastian and pump Mary for the next 18 hours.
We had a followup appointment the next day at 11AM. Dr. Ma came into the office specifically to see our baby, so I guess she was as concerned as we were. Thankfully, he had regained a lot of weight and was back at 7lbs 1oz.
And then Mary and I both thanked Jesus. And then I took it back because I believe in Science.