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Portlandmama- I had that this time and it was scary. Lasted for about 8 hrs. MW told me I had a milk fever and to just drink lots of fluids and nurse, nurse, nurse. It went away with no harm done. I'm still getting the night sweats, but no fever or chills so that's good.

 

BaileyB- you know, I wasn't craving chocolate until you said something! lol. With my last pregnancy my mother in law brought me a lot of chocolate after my daughter was born- she said it would help my milk come in. I'm not sure if there's much truth to that, but it certainly tasted good!

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We're the big 01 weeks old today! thumb.gif

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Bailey-My mw (who is also an IBCLC and a HUGE lactavist) recommends nursing on one side only for four hours and pumping on the other side for comfort only to deal with over supply. It worked very well for me with my last when I had over supply issues. I hope the over supply clears up for you soon! It can be a huge PITA, I know! And no, I've not really had any cravings and I don't remember having any when I BFed inthe past.

 

kitkat-Hopefully they've just hit a bit of a growth spurt and your milk supply will catch up in another day or two!!


Thanks for the info. I read about block feeding yesterday and since I started it seems to be helping a bit so hopefully in a few days I'll stop spraying her in the ear, etc. haha.

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I'm so glad to be on this side now!!  As much as I loved feeling his kicks and movements...snuggling with him in my arms is much better!

 

 

Bailey - Our babies share a b-day!  Happy 1 week to our babes!

 

 

Glad I'm not the only one spraying milk all over the baby..LOL!!  I did with the other kids too...I don't remember when my supply adjusted. I got really engorged this time ... milk came in on the third day and I grew a golf ball sized lump in my armpit.  No fever or redness so my midwife told me to massage it, apply warm compresses and make sure I really empty that side regularly.  It's much smaller now so I'm glad it didn't develop into anything bad.

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We are at the 2 week mark today.  It is strange this time I haven't had any engorgement or oversupply or anything.  Maybe because I am older?  Who knows, but the little gal seems to be doing well.  I have to wake her up during the day to feed every 2 - 2 1/2 hours.  She goes longer stretches at night so I want to make sure she is eating enough.

 

I am amazed actually at how smooth things have been going.  DS2 is totally potty trained and DS1(soon to be 13) has been a huge help.  He even watches the other two younger ones so I can take one 45min nap a day.  Helps with cooking and playing with them.  Back to more school work next week for him though.  He will have to school all summer to make up for all the sick mama days we had.  :(

 

My recovery has been going pretty well.  I have been home since we came home from the hospital.  It has been way to cold to go out and I promised myself at least a month of no outings with this babe.  I am old and DS2 and DD1 can be a handful.

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no baby here yet but just thinking about what i did when all my kiddos were little and i had a new baby or babies to deal with.  what saved my sanity was MOMS CLUB but you dont have to join a group or anything.  find a park where you can bundle up the kids, yourself and baby, let the big kids play, bring tons of snacks and park yourself in a comfy spot with a book and a nursing baby........this might not work for those who are still experiencing winter like weather.  maybe find a childrens museum around and get a membership and just show up every day to let the wild ones run off energy while you sit back and enjoy baby.  i know being at home is ideal but for me it was worth packing everyone and just getting out, my house stayed way cleaner, the kids where so much happier and i didnt feel bad for coming home and putting on a movie and taking a nap because they had enjoyed themselves playing.  i am a bit afriad because we dont have any childrens museaums in town this time around, my kids are older so i'll be feeling like i should do school (homeschool) with them and they already seem to have a bit of cabin fever.  come on sun so at least they can go outside and play.  but if in the end they watch too much TV i am not going to be hard on myself!!!

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Just got back from E's 2wk visit- he's at 9lb now so he's pretty much gained a pound in two weeks. He's got a plugged tear duct in one eye- my first child had that and so I knew how to treat it, at least. What can't breastmilk fix? Seriously!!

 

My midwife had a lot to say about our homebirth. Apparently it really taught her a lot about pain management, even after 15 years of practice, and she said she felt it was important to carry this birth with her to all her future care. How cool! She also put all of our birth photos in their own album to show people- I guess so new clients can see that it really is possible to feel good at 8cm.

 

We had someone take video of the birth too, and though it was a perfect, ideal homebirth, I'm hesitant to watch it too soon. Anybody else have video of a child's birth? How long did you wait before viewing it?

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Dang, you've got a chubby little boy there! Speaking of breastmilk cures, I've got some awful styes (for whatever reason I get them after every birth...idky...) and maybe a few drops of breastmilk will cure it. I'd rather do that than abx ointment again!

 

I have to admit, nosce, your birth story is amazing and your pics are fabulous. Your friend is a very very gifted photographer! (Speaking of, how did your underwater maternity pics turn out? For some reason, that popped into my head earlier today!) I've never had a video of my child's birth, nor even had pics, really. Its just not something I want. But I have heard it recommended to wait a good six months before watching a video. Its still so fresh and new and a huge process. So  the theory went that waiting will give your mind time to process the whole thing and move away from it a little. Makes sense to me and I'd probably wait at least that long before watching it.

 

I'm still having pregnancy sized hunger. I know BFing requires just as many calories as pregnancy, but I don't remember feeling so hungry so often with my others. Its really kind of annoying! I want to start shedding pounds, not keeping them on! DH is going to pick up a Wii Fit in the next week or two, so hopefully that'll help the weight come off.

 

I had milk fever with Isaac. It was freaky! I had DH pile blanket after blanket on me and I was still shivering. The pain in my breast was awful, too. It lasted nearly 24 hrs for me. Never ever wanna deal with that again!

 

Bailey-Your welcome! Glad to help. smile.gif

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Today's his official due date, too. I keep looking at the size of his head and thanking him for coming two weeks early! 8lb6oz at 38 weeks is plenty big, thankyouverymuch. lol.gif

 

You know, I STILL have yet to see the underwater pics. It was our first time doing them- both modeling and photographing- and neither of us knew the best way to go about it, I think. Anyway, it sounds like Red wasn't too pleased with how they turned out and honestly I was more keen on getting him to show me ALL 400 photos from the labor and birth than the 24 underwater shots we did in January. I'll ask about them eventually, but I had bigger fish to fry, you know?

 

My husband wants to view the birth video NOW. I'm really not ready to. At the very earliest I think I would be in another week or two, but you're right- it's still so fresh and raw. Powerful. I mean, it was a great birth! It was flawless. But even looking at the photographs of my face while he was crowning, or even just transition give me chills. They're so primal and otherworldly. Birth takes you to such a different place. I'm not sure, while my hormones are still fluctuating so wildly from one moment to the next, that it'd be wise to expose myself to the birth again so soon, despite it being healthy and healing in a million ways. How do I communicate that to DH though?

 

Honestly I get even hungrier when I'm breastfeeding. When I'm pregnant it's like yeah I'm hungry, but I could skip a meal and not notice. Probably because I'm so cramped for room, you know? But about three days after Baby's born (I guess about the time the birth high wears off?) the hunger sets in for good. It's like instinctive. I'm starving, and I'm protective of my plate. I got really upset today because my 2.5 year old kept trying to eat off my plate and I was sooooo hungry! I felt guilty for not wanting to share with her- I mean my body made her too, and I nursed her too-- but this food was mine. I've yelled at my husband for picking things off my plate. I get super growly about food while breastfeeding- and it doesn't really level out until after about 18 months of nursing, either.

 

Gosh, the milk fever was insane. I didn't even realize I wasn't feeling well at first. It was my first day being alone with the kids and I was kind of dozing on the couch with Elliott on my chest. We were next to the gas fireplace which was turned on. My husband came in and found us huddled under a wool blanket and the house was 78*. And I freaked when he went to turn the heat off! I was freezing to death and dripping sweat at the same time, so bizarre. I think my fever was like 101.8 at the highest that day.

 

You should totally see if your milk helps your eyes- last time we used to keep some of my milk in the fridge and swabbed it on everything. This time I kind of just spray us all down lol. That overactive letdown is good for something lol! It's funny how desensitized my husband is about my milk this time- he asks to have breastmilk put on the cracks and cuts in his hands and stuff, where last time I squirted him once just because I could and he was totally horrified.

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so I am no longer just dealing with thrush........now I have mastitus (sp?) too. Ten days of nasty antibiotics.

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Babe is wonderful, couldn't be more blessed.   But, I have the baby blues:-(  I think I'm feeling sad since I know this is our last.  Finding it difficult to find the right IRL person to talk to.   Sorry abrupt - typing 1 handed.

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so I am no longer just dealing with thrush........now I have mastitus (sp?) too. Ten days of nasty antibiotics.



Oh man, that stinks :( Hope it clears up quickly.

 

I'm now having a problem with Isaac's latch. He won't fully latch on most of the time now, just gets my nipple and kind of sucks it in out and out and it hurts, plus it gets milk everywhere. I think giving him a bottle a few times has messed it up. It sucks cuz my nipples are already cracked and painful and his poor latch just makes me want to scream. So we're working on that. Luckily Caleb still nurses fine so I'm trying to nurse him on the more painful side since it doesn't hurt as bad. This sucks. I've dealt with mastitis twice (with DS#2) and would honestly prefer that again over this cuz at least with the mastitis I felt better after a day.

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I'm still having pregnancy sized hunger. I know BFing requires just as many calories as pregnancy, but I don't remember feeling so hungry so often with my others. Its really kind of annoying! I want to start shedding pounds, not keeping them on! DH is going to pick up a Wii Fit in the next week or two, so hopefully that'll help the weight come off.

 

Me too! Not as large of an appetite but I'm eating almost as often as the baby, although I am already down 20 pounds @ 1 week PP. Since it is still the dead of winter here I am not even going to worry about how much more comes off until after my 6 week PP appt, since I can't do much as far as walking etc. outside and we don't have workout equipment.

 

Nosce - We went out to eat for the first time since delivery and I got really growly when my husband started picking at my fries. I think he was surprised that I was still eating a full portion of food since usually I have a very small appetite pre-pregnancy.

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Kara, we're having latch problems, too. It's so frustrating. My little guy likes to clench his jaw and it's hard to get him to open his mouth wide enough when latching on.  I'm going to take him to a chiropractor/cranial-sacral therapist to try and figure it out. I had an LC come over, too, and she was fabulous.  Things have improved SO much. I don't fight the urge to scream and swear any more. redface.gif  Good luck to both of us!

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Sorry that you are having a hard time with the blues mama. You should check out the postpartum depression forum here. Everyone is really great and can relate to what you are going through. I haven't delivered yet but did have PPD last time around and so I am preparing for it this time. Feel free to pm me if you need to chat one on one love.gif
 

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Babe is wonderful, couldn't be more blessed.   But, I have the baby blues:-(  I think I'm feeling sad since I know this is our last.  Finding it difficult to find the right IRL person to talk to.   Sorry abrupt - typing 1 handed.

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We went to our 1 week visit today ~ gained a whole pound since leaving the hospital!

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Debra-I'm also feeling a little sad that this is probably our last. I highly doubt DH will go for a fourth and I'm really not sure I want a fourth anyway. Its kind of sad, but a little exciting at the same time. All the new fun things kids grow to do, kwim??! Hugs, mama. I hope you're feeling better!

 

We had our two week followup today. Goodness, I can't believe its already been two weeks!! Little chubchub gained 1lb 4oz since birth making him a full 8lb 6oz. Otherwise he checked out just fine. The little snip was such an easy procedure! Lucas seemed more upset about being held down than the actual snip. Course he was numb so I'm sure that helped! So far he hasn't seemed to be too bothered by it. A few times while he was nursing he's gotten a little fussy but not too bad. His latch is sooo much better now. MW said that his lip was one of the tightest she had seen. Glad to have the procedure done and over with and glad that it was worth it.

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Just wanted to say hi. I feel so out of the loop now. I haven't had time to write a birth story. I am just trying to enjoy every minute of newborness and keep the other kids happy. I think this is going to be my last too and it feels so bittersweet. I am so in love with this little girl, but it is so much harder with her being #6. Sigh I hope I can post more - I miss it. Off to post some pictures.

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Clara is 5 days old now...someone just reassure me the cluster feeding stops eventually :(   I am so tired...she is only content when "dozing" while being held or when she is on the breast. Before last night, she was at least giving me an afternoon nap and some sleep at night, but last night anytime I tried to *not* be holding and/or feeding her, she was woke up rooting and crying. A tight swaddle, side lie, attempting a paci are all were unsuccessful last night.

 

maybe last night will be an anomaly and tonight will be better....

Don't feel too bad, I didn't even know about cluster feeding until my Claira jumped from 2 oz every 2-3 hours to close to 5 oz at a time. I was like, "what is going on?!" We, too, enjoy our 1:00 naps and a tight swaddle with off and on offering bottle and paci and rocking have been getting less and less effective at night. I just started reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". I hope it gives some good info. Right now she's got me wrapped around her little finger and has been trying to convince me that she can only sleep when snuggled up to me in bed, which means the two of us sleeping on the futon and daddy sleeping in our bed next to the empty crib...

 

***Is anyone else craving having another baby already? I think the hormones are effecting my logic. haha. She's less than 2 weeks old, but now that my PP bleeding is done and my over supply is under control I feel like, 'Oooo, let's make another one!' I'm crazy...***
 

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I've gotten that feeling after all my kids!!! DH is DEFINITELY done but I feel we are too young to make perm choices on that so I am gonna go on the mini pill for a couple years and see what happens and see how we feel in a couple years.

 

 

Clara is giving us nice stretches at night now!!!

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I've gotten that feeling after all my kids!!! DH is DEFINITELY done but I feel we are too young to make perm choices on that so I am gonna go on the mini pill for a couple years and see what happens and see how we feel in a couple years.

 

 

Clara is giving us nice stretches at night now!!!


Good! I'm glad she is giving you longer stretches. I think our Claira is transitioning to that since she has only been sleeping 20 - 30 minutes at a time today.

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