Starling: I like the third trimester theory, too, mainly because it makes me feel free to do whatever feels best for 3 months without any thought about patterns, routines, habits, etc.
Seraf: I love those sling pics, and I'm eager to check out the links. Thank you. One question: in that last pic, how does the sling stay up? It looks like it isn't around your shoulders at all. I can see how it would be super comfy...I'm just not sure how it works.
We had a great presentation from a lactation consultant at the birth class today. Wow--I really wish I'd known her when DD was born. Based on the latest research (she is earning a PhD in lactation--didn't even know that was possible!), the most useful things she said were...
1) In the first 6 hours after birth to establish milk supply. Otherwise, milk supply can be delayed by a few days or more. So if the babe is very sleepy, drugged out, or whatever, and not into nursing yet, insist that the hospital get you a pump and pump on each side for 15 minutes.
2) Work hard on the asymmetrical latch. In other words, the babe's nose should line up with the nipple, so the babe should not come at the nipple straight on but rather have to lift hir head slightly up and over the nipple (with help from head support, obviously, at the beginning) so that the lower jaw is working the tissue behind/under the nipple (not on or very near it!).
3) If you do have to supplement in the hospital, throw out most of the 2oz bottle they give you; babes a day old only need 1/2 oz at a time, and if they have too much, they'll go into a sleep stupor and not be interested in nursing again any time soon.
4) Nursing should never hurt. If it does, get help from a lactation consultant (not the nurse).
5) If you do need to pump to establish supply, rent a hospital grade pump, since they are many times more effective than even the best pumps on the market.
6) If you are unsure if your baby is getting enough milk, rent a baby scale and see for yourself.
7) Hormone-induced lactation recedes around 3/ 1/2 mo (when many moms go back to work), at which point milk supply is maintained "mechanically," not hormonally. If you experience a drop in supply at that time and/or have a hard time getting milk with your pump, rent a hospital grade pump for a few weeks to get through the transition.
So that's what I learned in breastfeeding class today.
My GTT is tomorrow morning, so I'm officially fasting and really hoping for a good result tomorrow.
Update: my grades are in! I'm not teaching again until mid-January--so excited! Now the pressure is on to get my book proposal and revised sample chapters out to publishers before the babe shows up, but I'm ready for it. I'm just relieved to be off the hamster wheel of the semester.
Oh--and my doula felt my belly and is sure that as of today, the babe is head down and back out (anterior, right?).
Edited by AmandaHope - 5/15/11 at 8:44pm