I used those shells last night and it was a disaster! They drew out my niples but DD was having a rough night so she screamed on and off for hours and the shells were filling up with milk and then my shirt, bra, pants and part of my bed got soaked with milk! And I still couldn't get her to latch! I tried again this morning after I had pumped for a few mins and she still wouldn't latch. I have two friends that are LLL leaders so I'm going to try to see them this weekend to get help.
Im also going to check in to renting one of the hospital pumps. I'm pumping enough for maybe 1 1/2 feeds but I'm concerned that if I don't get her nursing my supply will dry up and I want to be able to give her BM at least until after her next surgery which could be 6-8 months away. With the hospital pump, I was pumping enough for three feeds so I could freeze most of it.
Oh man! The shells do fill up fast, don't they? Im sorry you had such a rough night. I hope your LLL leaders can offer some help with latch. It will take time, but you know it's totally worth it. Hang in there mama!! Definitely rent a pump! It will make that worry the last thing on your mind!!
I'm ready for the drama to be over! LOL! I'm ready to not get texts every morning from 3 people, my 2 friends and my MIL, asking, "How are you feeling?" as if I feel any different. I'm not going to forget to tell them I'm either in labor or had the baby! I'm ready to hunker down, nurse, change diapers, and get on with life!! This limbo SUCKS.
Although, today I feel oddly at peace. Having a nice, slow day with DD, just enjoying her and having fun. She's being really cute today so it helps. It doesn't hurt that everything is just...ready. I should wash the shower curtain but other than that, the house is ready for a birth!
I made the shopping list for the week and DH was like, is any of that urgent or can it wait til tmw at lunch for me to run out (I make the list and he runs out to get the groceries lately, makes my life easier). I looked at the list and looked at him and I said, "Well...no, none of this stuff we necessarily need tonight but if I go into labor b/w now and tmw...we're basically screwed! LOL!" He laughed and was like, ok, ok. Gotcha. Then he was like, "Maybe I won't go and it'll make things happen." Hardy har har mister! But I admit part of me wants to risk it.
Have you guys heard of this "labor line" as an indicator of progress? The dark purple line that goes basically up your buttcrack the more dilated you are? It's a way to check for dilation without actually checking. I peeked today after I got out of the shower and mines very dark purple -- and maybe like half way up? 3-4 cm? Ha - I wonder if it's true. I still haven't had any internal exams.