First, an announcement for those of you who might not have heard already:
My son, Gabriel Russell Christopher was born Wednesday April 18th. His story and some pics are on my blog which you can get to by clicking "crazed knitter" in my siggy.
He's beautiful and latched like a pro less than an hour after birth. We have had a couple of issues with latch in the middle of the night, I chalk that up to both of us being too tired to remember what to do (I had the same issues with Grace in the beginning), but I'm sure we'll get the night feedings down soon enough. Meanwhile I'm producing enough for septuplets and go through several shirts a day. The urge to pump off just so I can be comfortable is very strong...but I know that if I do I'll keep producing at this rate and I will probably explode.
Since our most recent topic of discussion was bfing at the IWK, when we were in LDR the nurse asked me what my preference was for delivery, basically did I want him placed on my belly right away that sort of thing. I said I would like him in my arms as soon as possible, and that I wanted to put him to breast as soon as possible. The nurse made a note of that, then Phil also said that "Yes, we are a very pro-breastfeeding family, there is to be no formula even mentioned, let alone offered to the baby no matter what the circumstances. Talk of formula is simply not welcome." Not one of my nurses during my entire stay made mention of formula, not one interfered with my latching him on, they basically asked me how things were going and let us get on with it.
There was only one nurse that I had a bit of an issue with, she was an older lady who REEKED of cigarettes and Gabriel cried both times she handled him, and instead of taking him out of the incubator for me (he was jaundiced and needed phototherapy) tried to flip him onto his belly to quiet him despite my saying he does not like that. The third time she came in (to put him back in after a feed) I told her he was not ready and would not hand him over. I've actually been debating whether or not to call regarding this nurse...I really did not like how she smelled of cigarettes (I mean, come on! You're in the Family Newborn Unit, you should not be smoking on shift) and I really did not like how dismissive she was of my wishes, even though she was nice about it. I think the cigarette thing bugs me the most.
That all said, the girl who shared my room the first two nights we were in had had a c-section, and her mom had asked me if I was bfing, and I told her I was and that I had bf'd my daughter until she was not quite 20mos. Later I heard the girl telling a visitor that she had to give the baby formula because when the baby was born she did not have any milk. WTF?? Did no one explain how that works to her? I also overheard some of the staff talking about another mom (no names were mentioned) and that they should just give the baby formula because mom was exhausted and frustrated with bf. Maybe I misunderstood, after all I only heard part of a conversation, but it was fairly annoying to hear yet again that while the IWK is supposed to be promoting breastfeeding and the nursing staff do not all seem to be on board with it. Once again though, I have seen that you really need to be a very good advocate for yourself in order to get the care you want.
Oh, and that great breastfeeding resource book was not given out, I got a section of it that was photocopied...apparently the publishers have a hard time keeping up with the need for the book. I told my nurse I had a copy already at home so she could hang onto the photocopy for another patient. When the Public Health Nurse called this morning she asked me if I got the envelope with the books in it, specifically "Food for Year One" I said no I had not, so she put my name down on the mailing list for it, and mentioned the publishing thing again.
Sorry, this is turning into a book...
Speaking of the PHN...I told her that I had nursed Grace for a long time, and she said that was so great because she sees too often moms giving it up after a few weeks or months. So I mentioned that I was lucky enough to find a great playgroup, not an organized led-by-resource-centre group, but a community of families, and there was a lot of support for EBF and cloth diapering, etc. I told her about this site, promoted Tamara's business (they had tried to find info on CD in the city and all they could come up with the one diaper service) and let her know the info for the group...at her pre-natal class tonight she is going to pass on the info for moms who are interested.
And maybe I'm just feeling horomonal and sentimental...but I honestly attribute my success with bf and cloth diapering and my obsession with baby carriers to this group. If you guys had not been there, setting great examples and helping me get started with CD and introducing me to fun things like slings and mei tais, not to mention the great friends I've made...I'm not sure I'd be doing the things I am doing with my kids. I doubt I would have bf'd Grace beyond a year...I probably would not have gone the CD route...I would have abandonned the babywearing since the snugli I bought was so uncomfortable...so a great big THANK YOU to all of you