As mothers we worry about little things like, if we packed an extra bib in the diaper bag and the big worries like, is the baby eating enough. Now that I am a mother of three, I realize women must have some kind of gene that makes us overthink a lot.
I remember wondering with each newborn if they were getting enough breast milk with each feeding. When our youngest was born at three weeks early she weighed a whopping 5lbs 3 oz. Every time we took her to the doctor I would hold my breath as the scale numbers showed up on the screen. I silently prayed that my baby gained enough weight since the last appointment. Although I was trying to fatten her up as much as I could and she ate lots, she is known as the queen of spitting up! She would spit up after every feeding and keep randomly spitting up until the next feeding. I kept wondering how the heck she was gaining any weight if she was spitting it all up! Every doctors visit my doctor would say that she was growing fine and is what they call a “happy spitter.”
lf you breastfeed your baby, you probably wonder how much they are actually feeding your baby too. I definitely wondered during the first few months of baby’s life, but even more recently I wonder all the time with my eight month old. She is in the stage where she gets distracted by everything. She will literally eat for five minutes then sit up and look around at whatever is going on around her (particularly her brother and sister running around). I kept telling my husband how worried I was that she wasn’t eating enough because she gets so distracted. Fortunately, she is now eating solid foods as well, but I was still super curious about how much she is actually getting from me.
When Momsense approached us with their awesome product I was way too excited to try it out!! This product has a super awesome concept. MomSense comes with a set of earphones that you plug into your phone, while using their mobile app. The earphones have a sticky sensor that attaches right below your baby’s ear. On the Momsense app, you push start then you start feeding your baby. As the baby is eating you can actually hear the baby swallowing through the earphones.
Listening to my baby swallow seemed pretty far-fetched, but it is actually super cool listening to your baby eating. Weird, I know. My four-year-old likes to wear one of the ear buds and listen to little sister eat. Sitting on the couch together while I nurse makes it a cool bonding experience for the three of us, as cheesy as that sounds. When baby is finished eating, you take the sensor off baby and push stop on the app. Afterwards, the app tells you how much your baby ate!
I was super surprised to see how much my baby ate, it was way less than I thought. Now that I understand the actual amount of milk she is getting from me, I started feeding her more for her 6:30 feeding. I will also space her feedings out more in time so she eats more at each feeding. We have stuck to the same schedule since she was three months old. Now that she is older and eating more solids, it makes sense that we space her feedings more. We have also made it a point to have brother and sister try to be quiet during feeding so she doesn’t get as distracted (although this is sometimes wishful thinking).
One issue I had with the Momsense product is the long, wired cord. My baby is in the “grab everything” stage, so she often grabs the earphones in her tiny hands and pulls them out of my ear. One tiny hardship for peace of mind is totally worth it for me though!
I am grateful Momsense informs me on how much my baby is eating. With feeding information, I can adjust her feeding schedule and amount of feedings based on this product and app. If only I had Momsense sooner, I could have enjoyed a peace of mind with my newborn! I am super glad I have the Momsense product now for the feeding situation we are currently in.
Peace of mind is often invaluable to a mother. I super grateful for amazing products, like Momsense that help parents figure out this whole parenting thing a little easier.