Finally have my hands free for more than a second.
We had a horrible time in the hospital trying to figure out the whole breastfeeding thing. He wasn't latching right, and I was only producing a few drops of colostrum. I had the lc's there try to help out, but I got the feeling they just weren't listening to me. Ray ended up losing about 10% of his body weight those first couple days and they were threatening keeping him there another day to help clear up his jaundice and get him eating better. Luckily that didn't happen. But I did end up supplementing him after feedings with about an ounce of formula with one of those little cup things. I sucked at doing that and most of the time he would end up spitting it up an hour later... Luckily, he's exclusively being bf'ed now. But it's been a bit of a struggle. First I had no supply, then he wasn't latching properly, then I got cracked nipples, then one breast wasn't really producing as much as the other, then one of my montgomery glands got blocked, then I got mastitis.
Finally we are on the mend. My one breast ended up getting an abcess that drained last Friday, and now I am able to nurse on both sides without too much discomfort. And I also got new flanges today for my breast pump so I can pump and not have the nipple rub against the side. Things are definitely looking up!
Ray's doing great now. He seems a lot more interactive with us and as of several days ago, his vision seems better and he seems to be taking in his surroundings more. He is pretty good at night actually. He will sleep several hours at a time, wake up to nurse, and then go back to sleep. During the day when I've been home by myself, I hardly ever put him down and he nurses fairly long and frequently.
My recovery's been pretty OK. I had a 2nd degree tear and a ton of stitches. I actually thought that was going to be more uncomfortable than it turned out to be. Healing from that hasn't given me many problems at all. The problem I'm having now though is with constipation. It totally sucks!
: I'm taking a prenatal with iron and have been on colace, but it doesn't seem to be working at all. The pain from trying to go is worse than my labor was (of course, I didn't go natural either, so I can't really compare how it would have been
). I need to talk to the doctor about maybe switching things up because I'm not sure how much more of that I can take.