It has been almost exactly a month since Savanna last ingested baby formula. At her 4-month check-up this week, we learned that she is still on her growth curve at the exact same percentile. That means she has been putting on just the right amount of weight.
Thanks to her refusal of a bottle, we no longer have to buy any baby formula. That translates to over $50 a month we no longer have to spend. Savanna is saving us money!
On a more serious note, I cannot get over how fast she is growing. I try so hard to savour every moment with her, try to remember how little she was, try to memorize the feel of her little hands and feet, but she still keeps on growing like weeds. I am so afraid that tomorrow I’m going to wake up and realize her baby phase is already over.
Since I last wrote about Savanna rejecting most of the bottles we offer her, she has now further rejected the last bottle at night too. So for about a week now, she has not taken an ounce of formula. She couldn’t be tricked into even taking one sip from the bottle. To make up for the lack of milk production, she feeds 11 or 12 times a day (compared to most babies this age feeding 6 or 7 times a day).
I was worried because she went from taking 350 ml of formula a day to taking none. What if she is not getting enough? I certainly did not feel that I was making that much more milk to make up for the shortfall. So the public health nurse came last week to weigh Savanna. It turned out that she had been putting on weight within the healthy range. There was really nothing for me to worry about. The nurse said I probably produce more milk than the past even if I didn’t feel the difference.
I went from being worried to being totally ecstatic. From the time I had Joshua, I’ve always wished I could exclusively breastfeed my baby. That never happened with Joshua for whatever reason, possibly because he just had a bigger appetite and I couldn’t catch up to his demands even with all the nursing and pumping. When it didn’t happen with Savanna for the first 3 months, I settled for breastfeeding and supplementing. But there was always that innate desire to exclusively breastfeed. It’s probably not a big deal to someone if she has always been able to exclusively breastfeed, but I’ve always been a bit envious of the moms who could.
Now I truly got what I wished for. It’s a huge deal to me!
The frequent feedings result in less sleep for me at night, but I wouldn’t trade what I have now for sleep. Before I know it, Savanna would be starting solid food and the time to sleep more will come with that. It’s all too soon these little beings grow big and grow up.