Thanks for your encouragement about the switching to formula thing. I've done straight formula since Thursday afternoon/evening, and the difference is night and day. Night and Day. It is amazing. Jonah is eating peacefully and quickly. He'll take three ounces no problem in about 15 to 20 minutes, and most of the time he wants to eat four to six ounces. He's never wanted to take more than three. So I guess I'm making the switch... as much as it breaks my heart.
And yes, I could go no dairy, and maybe it would make a difference, but here's one thing I know about me: I can't go no dairy. As much as I would love to be that selfless, I know my own limits. A while back I tried no milk out of the jug, no cheese, and no sweets, and it did no good. So I know it would have to be SERIOUSLY NO DAIRY, and even then I don't know if it would help. (Question: What foods contain dairy? Answer: Every good food on the face of the planet.) And I barely have the time or energy to figure out what I'm going to eat as it is, so major food restrictions would definitely send me over the edge.
Don't judge me. I can only do so much.
I am continuing to pump, though, until I speak with his doctor and a lactation consultant. I do want to talk to them about the benefits/risks of mixing in small amounts of breast milk.
I called his nutritionist to get the recipe for the increased calorie per ounce formula now that we're taking away the breast milk. The recipe is one cup of formula to 20 ounces of water. That makes about 24 ounces mixed. That will maybe get us through one day. Guess how many cups of formula are in a can? TWO. That means that with his increased caloric needs, one can of formula is only going to last us two days. That means we'll spend about $100 a week on formula. Holy Cow. And they call breast milk liquid gold. So… I went on Similac and signed up for coupons, applied for the Target Visa (which we’ll pay off every month) so we’ll get coupons and discounts there, checked on eBay where it seems I’ll be able to get it for about $15 a can instead of $25 (if I buy in bulk), and will talk to the doctor about writing a prescription for it (although I have no idea if Jonah’s insurance would cover it or not.) So if you have/find Similac coupons you aren’t going to use and wouldn’t mind sending them our way, that would be so great. And if you know any other way to get it cheaper, please let me know. You guys have some great tricks. But it boils down to this… if Jonah is eating better, more peacefully, and the formula is decreasing his pain, then Amen. Hallelujah. Praise Jehovah. AND, it’s worth every penny.
As far as the gdiapers, someone sent me some inserts that I’ve used. But when I looked online for them, it’s significantly less expensive to buy cheap store-brand diapers and cut the elastic out than reorder the gdiaper inserts. So, cut I will.
Jonah’s trying to get on a schedule – waking up around 7, eating at 7:30, taking a short morning nap, starting dressing change between 11 and 12, eating afterwards, and then sleeping from 1:30 or 2 until 4 or 5. I want to be able to move his bedtime up, but so far he refuses to go to sleep before 11, and last night it was midnight. I’m happy it’s a semi-schedule though, and things seem significantly easier than just a few days ago. I’m feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. (And I’m so afraid that putting all of this is writing is going to totally jinx everything.)
Better run. Dressing change calls.