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post #21 of 284

grace - can you get some "smooth move" traditional medicines brand tea? wprks sooo well.

sorry to hear about recovery. poor girl

post #22 of 284

Grace - for the stitched area... You can coat it with seaweed, if you have nori in the house, it works well.  You don't want a snack seaweed with added flavors and stuff, but a plain seaweed.  Get it damp, and then press it into place.  It helps the healing, and it'll protect it from sticking to your pad.  Alternately, you can coat it with (preferably raw) honey for protection and help with the healing. 

 

If you're using a paper pad and that's what you're sticking to, maybe try using a washcloth or something cloth (do you CD? pfs work well), which you're less likely to adhere to. 

 

As for the poop - I'd stay away from the excessive fiber, really, cause that can hurt on the way out.  But increase your healthy fats.  If you have coconut oil in the house, 2 Tbs of that twice a day should get things moving along really quickly.  Cook your eggs in it, put it into a smoothie, whatever you have to do to get it down.  If you don't have CO, use olive oil.  The bonus of using oils for this is that it comes out smoothly since it just greases the passages. 

 

Are you using a peri bottle or a sitz bath or anything of the sort?  That can help with the seeping, sticking and pain also. 

post #23 of 284

Grace, with the episiotomy & hemoroids I've had a lot of soreness too.  It's finally feeling quite a bit better at 10 days pp, although I got sore again after walking around the store today.  This recovery is taking way longer than my other babies. I used the peri bottle and put witch hazel pads on top of my maxi pad.  The first few days I sprayed that with a numbing spray the hospital gave me.  I've also taken Colace-a stool softener which helped a lot.

post #24 of 284
I'm day 7 pp now and my tailbone is finally not hurting so bad...or maybe I just don't notice it as much compared to the terrible nipple pain! Deacon is a great nurser, but he gradually makes his mouth smaller and smaller until he is just sucking on the tip of the nipple and I have to pull him off and re-latch him. He only eats for 10 minutes each feeding, but eats every 2.5 hours. Is that normal?! I seem to recall my others nursing for longer stretches at this age.

Re: pooping ~ I was terrified to poo also! I didn't have any tears but was so sore! at 4 days pp I hadn't gone yet and took Senokat stool softener and that made it much easier :-)

I'm exhausted. And moody. And my face is breaking out (yay hormones!). Started taking my encapsulated placenta yesterday so I hope that helps during this recovery time.
post #25 of 284
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Can we talk poop? Sorry :/ I've never had this problem before. Day 4 after the birth, still nothing but I think I might need to. But even sitting on the toilet makes my stitches hurt (damn perineal tear- that's a first, too!) so the idea of trying to do anything to get anything moving seems unfathomable. If I just take enough stool softeners or something like that, would it just.. you know.. happen by itself? I'm eating a lot of high fiber foods and drinking tons of water but nothing is moving along all that quickly.

 

Also- these stitches or the tear or whatever REALLY really hurt. I thought they'd get better, but I think it's about the same. Every time i move they pull and the tear seems to stick to the pad so whenever I stand up I need to pull it off. This recovery is brutal, I still feel like I've been hit by a truck and need to nap at least twice a day and usually try to go to bed really early- tonight is a fail, DH is gone for the evening and getting everyone to bed myself did not go well.


Do you have any coconut oil? I put it on religiously and did not even get stitches but had a small tear. Helps a ton keeping it all moist. Also for BMs make a compress from a couple paper towels and support your perenium with them.

post #26 of 284

I'm having a hard time recovering from my SPD over here..
 

post #27 of 284

Thanks for the advice!

 

Cristeen, I do have nori- it works fabulously! I'm really impressed. They don't even feel as stretchy/burny/painful as they did before. I change the piece whenever I pee because it falls off (painlessly, which is great). I have raw honey as well, but I'm worried about it making everything feel sticky. Maybe honey and then nori on top? I'll experiment in a bit.

 

I'm going to add more oils into my diet, that's good advice too. I put about 2 tbsp of coconut oil on my pumpkin bread this morning for breakfast, and it was actually very tasty. Not sure if that's what helped, but I pooped today! It took me a long, long time (25 minutes or so in the bathroom, ugh) and now I feel incredibly light-headed. What the heck? Gonna take it easy for a bit. I'm also feeling really hungry. Apparently it was blocking things more than I could tell- what's one more pain when everything hurts?

post #28 of 284

I have PUPPS on my breasts! And it's no fun during feeding times. I can't put anything on it because I don't want to get it on the babe's hands, face or mouth!

 

Has anyone dealt with this? I also have it on the back of one thigh. Weird.

post #29 of 284
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I have PUPPS on my breasts! And it's no fun during feeding times. I can't put anything on it because I don't want to get it on the babe's hands, face or mouth!

 

Has anyone dealt with this? I also have it on the back of one thigh. Weird.

 

 

The 2 things safest for use right now would be coconut oil or lanolin, either of which is safe for baby.  CO is probably easier to work with.  Either would just offer pure moisturization. You can also do compresses with an herbal tea made from your sitz bath herbs, or use a spray of witch hazel and peppermint essential oil.  Those would also be relatively safe for babe - since they don't hang around on the skin like the oils do, and both would help to calm the rash (hopefully). 

post #30 of 284
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Originally Posted by Astraia View Post

Can we talk poop? Sorry :/ I've never had this problem before. Day 4 after the birth, still nothing but I think I might need to. But even sitting on the toilet makes my stitches hurt (damn perineal tear- that's a first, too!) so the idea of trying to do anything to get anything moving seems unfathomable. If I just take enough stool softeners or something like that, would it just.. you know.. happen by itself? I'm eating a lot of high fiber foods and drinking tons of water but nothing is moving along all that quickly.

 

Also- these stitches or the tear or whatever REALLY really hurt. I thought they'd get better, but I think it's about the same. Every time i move they pull and the tear seems to stick to the pad so whenever I stand up I need to pull it off. This recovery is brutal, I still feel like I've been hit by a truck and need to nap at least twice a day and usually try to go to bed really early- tonight is a fail, DH is gone for the evening and getting everyone to bed myself did not go well.

I was terrified to poop too, and I didn't even get stitches.  The whole pushing action is still a little uncomfortable.  Maybe it's psychological?  :( 

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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

I'm day 7 pp now and my tailbone is finally not hurting so bad...or maybe I just don't notice it as much compared to the terrible nipple pain! Deacon is a great nurser, but he gradually makes his mouth smaller and smaller until he is just sucking on the tip of the nipple and I have to pull him off and re-latch him. He only eats for 10 minutes each feeding, but eats every 2.5 hours. Is that normal?! I seem to recall my others nursing for longer stretches at this age.
Re: pooping ~ I was terrified to poo also! I didn't have any tears but was so sore! at 4 days pp I hadn't gone yet and took Senokat stool softener and that made it much easier :-)
I'm exhausted. And moody. And my face is breaking out (yay hormones!). Started taking my encapsulated placenta yesterday so I hope that helps during this recovery time.

Layla nurses for short periods, very frequently too.  Sometimes it's an hour, sometimes it's 10 minutes.  But then she'll nurse for 20+ minutes and it'll last her for several hours.  We just go with the flow.  You can't over feed a breastfed baby can you?  lol

 

Did you post your birth story yet?

 

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Originally Posted by poppyseed2012 View Post

I have PUPPS on my breasts! And it's no fun during feeding times. I can't put anything on it because I don't want to get it on the babe's hands, face or mouth!

 

Has anyone dealt with this? I also have it on the back of one thigh. Weird.

That's the worst.  :(  I would do CO too.  I don't know if it'll help, but it won't hurt to try it.

post #31 of 284

Sadie nurses ALL DAY LONG like 3hr block feeds 2x a day and otherwise every 30 mins to an hour but she is STTN already too. I am in shock as DD1 didn't STTN until about 26 m/o...
 

post #32 of 284
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Sadie nurses ALL DAY LONG like 3hr block feeds 2x a day and otherwise every 30 mins to an hour but she is STTN already too. I am in shock as DD1 didn't STTN until about 26 m/o...
 


Oh, man, I'm so jealous. Aria is nursing all the time day and night. Last night she let me sleep for two whole hours and it was heaven, lol. My son nursed like clockwork every two hours during the day and every four hours at night, so I was very, very spoiled. This little girl is not happy unless my nipple is in her mouth!

post #33 of 284

Nursing almost the entire day except for a 3-ish hour block during the day (1-4 pm, usually) and then I can usually sleep from 11 pm - 2 am, then after that we're nursing every hour or so for about 20 minutes, but recently I'm exhausted enough that I sleep through almost the entire feeding, I just wake up enough to latch him on. Oh co-sleeping, such a lifesaver. I'd be in a complete fog otherwise.

 

He's STARTING now (at 5 days old) to be able to be awake for 10-15 minutes without nursing and without screaming. It's a big improvement. The midwife came over yesterday and seemed surprised when I said he's nursing all the time- nutritive sucking probably once an hour or so for 10-15 minutes, but he's always on the boob. I don't know why that's surprising. He's also back ot his birth weight at 4 days after birth, which I guess is pretty good?

post #34 of 284
I'm jealous of you moms with babes that nurse all the time - I'm getting a bit worried because Deacon nurses 10 min every 3 hrs! Why won't this kid eat more ?! He also spits up a lot. I was going to wait until he was 3 weeks old to take him to his first pediatrician visit but I think I'm going to bump it up to early next week. :-( My little guy is 10 days old today!
post #35 of 284
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I'm jealous of you moms with babes that nurse all the time - I'm getting a bit worried because Deacon nurses 10 min every 3 hrs! Why won't this kid eat more ?! He also spits up a lot. I was going to wait until he was 3 weeks old to take him to his first pediatrician visit but I think I'm going to bump it up to early next week. :-( My little guy is 10 days old today!


Can you weigh him? I was worried about Sadie STTN so I asked my MW to stop by and we weighed her 8lbs 13oz so she's gained 5oz. She actually gave me a scale for our house to borrow too.

post #36 of 284
I need to get a scale. I dont keep one in the house (especially when pregnant! I don't even want to know lol) but I wish I had one now. Actually the wii fit has one but I want something more exact/accurate to weigh Deacon. That's the main reason I was thinking about heading to the pediatrician this week. I'll feel much better if he is gaining weight.

Any of you mamas have a recommendation for a good baby weighing scale? I might order one online.
post #37 of 284

I bought a fish scale from the hardware store- up to 50 lbs, I think? It has a hook at the end, which I looped through a pouch sling and weighed baby in it. It was quite accurate- we'd go to the dr. to get a weight, and weigh again when we came home and it was always pretty close. I think it cost us $25? I use it on the bigger kids too, and they love to hang in the sling for a few seconds. It also weighs kg and oz, and has a tare option, which is handy for smaller weight gain.

 

Diaper output is a good measurement too. 8-10 wets a day. If he's an efficient nurser and can get what he needs in 10 minutes then that's awesome! I hate the constant nursing, it makes me feel touched out and irritated (and HOT!) after the first... oh, hour or so....

post #38 of 284
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Originally Posted by poppyseed2012 View Post

I have PUPPS on my breasts! And it's no fun during feeding times. I can't put anything on it because I don't want to get it on the babe's hands, face or mouth!

 

Has anyone dealt with this? I also have it on the back of one thigh. Weird.

 

Are you sure it's not a yeast thing? 

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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

I'm jealous of you moms with babes that nurse all the time - I'm getting a bit worried because Deacon nurses 10 min every 3 hrs! Why won't this kid eat more ?! He also spits up a lot. I was going to wait until he was 3 weeks old to take him to his first pediatrician visit but I think I'm going to bump it up to early next week. :-( My little guy is 10 days old today!

 

My third baby hardly nursed.  She would even get a let down going, and then just lay back and lick milk from the stream!  10 minutes every 3-4 hours was her thing, too, and she never comfort nursed.  And, self-weaned at 14 months.  But, she's always been my chubbiest baby.  She started at 9lb6oz, and is still rounder than the rest, though at 27lbs, is small for a 3yr old.  Funny how she's so pudgy looking, but not overweight.  Anyway...point is, he's probably fine.  Some of them are just like that. 

 

Last night I thought was a good night for us, but this morning I realized that we had been awake off and on for most of it.  Baby nursed just about all night.  This morning I figured out that she'd been a popsicle...I snuggled her up in a blanket, and she passed out for 3 hours.  Then, she nursed and slept for another 3.  I felt so much better after sleeping all morning.  Tonight, I'll be smarter!

 

Everything about her seems "slow".  Her birth was fast, but slow at the same time.  My milk came in gradually over 48 hours, and is already seeming to stabilize.  (Instead of the BAM! MILK! I've experienced with the others...and the "broken glass" phase usually seems to last at least a week.)  I dunno...it's nice to have a calm one again.  My last one was...is...not.

post #39 of 284

Meredith - you can also rent baby scales.  Same places that rent Medela breastpumps often have scales.  Or call your ped and ask about just stopping by for a weight check, they don't usually charge for it.  Although I'll say that the Wii Fit scale is all we had in the house, and that was what tipped me off to our problems with DS when he was a NB - so don't discount it.  Are you letting down?  Def check his weight, but if his weight is good, he may just be an efficient nurser/not a comfort nurser.  Some babies are like that.  If his weight isn't all right, get an IBCLC in there ASAP, or call your local LLL leader and ask for a home visit.  Is he fussy between feedings?  DS was always really fussy, it turns out because he was literally starving. 

 

The excessive spitting up may be reflux - try feeding him at a more upright angle and keeping him upright for 10 minutes after a feed, see if that helps.  It may be overactive let-down (which would also contribute to a fast feeder).  Or it could even be a food sensitivity, which may eventually necessitate an elimination diet. 

post #40 of 284

I got frustrated last night. it was 3 hours straight of nursing and when i would put her down she'd wake and cry. DH had to work and DD2 would wake & start grouching...so  there was no where i could go without bothering someone, the frustration passed quickly but all I could think of was how much easier bottle feeding is.

Managing the nipple shield and the baby and keeping the shield attached - so frustrating sometimes.

I really need to find a way to get an electric breast pump.

 I loathe dealing with the WIC dragon lady. but I think I will call tomorrow morning just so I can get some milk stored up too.

 

made it 10 days ebf though!!

this is all new to me, and I am just thankful I have not had the skin crawley feeling I've had with the other three.

oh, question!


She passes a spot of blood in her diaper and has a swollen lump on her chest - she getting my overload of hormones?

 

doing better today. even got some dishes done and dinner cooking (just a casserole. some scary combo of shepards pie and tator tot casserole)...oh and 3 loads laundry done. i feel almost normal today.

i need a new sling. i like the moby, but i like the ease of the sling at this stage.

 

Ok I am going to get a shower. I have had a nice 30 minutes with both of my hands and so now I will see if I can squeeze a shower in before dh gets home from work!

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