Oh Cristeen! I totally stand them on end and freeze them! I have NEVER thought about laying them flat- that's genius! I have the lansinoh bags and yes, they are great. Thank you for this piece of advice :)
Originally Posted by cristeen
And just a tip for those mamas who have never pumped/stored milk before. Shop around for the Lansinoh bags, they hold more than the Medela bags, and they're made of a softer (more resilient) plastic. The Medela ones are so prone to springing holes. And then once you close them, lay them flat in your freezer. I couldn't tell you how many mamas stand them on end to freeze and then realize they're really difficult to store that way. Around here I think Target has the best price on the big pack of bags, but I can sometimes find them at CVS, too.
OMGOMGOMGOMG- I heard the "words" when pumping in the hospital! I told my husband and he looked at me like I was NUTS! The woosh of the motor definitely sounds like words- you are not crazy!
Originally Posted by Masel
I think what bugs me so much is the sound of the pump. Late at night I'll hear each pump sound like a word. Sometimes it's a good word and sometimes it's not. LOL I must sound crazy.
YAY! Onemore, you should feel very proud of yourself!!!
Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway
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.
Ok Meredith, I have had the exact same problem with my first two babies and I have managed to correct it at the very beginning this time. I am going to message you on fbook this afternoon as I don't have the time to type out my suggestions now. I was scared that you were going to end up with mastitis (like I have several times) and reading your post further down, it sounds like you have. I really want to help you out so I will write later.
Originally Posted by MeredithA
Sosu, what does pumping do to mess up supply? I have a forceful let down & Deacon sometimes starts choking/coughing when he starts nursing & I thought it might contribute to his gassiness. So, I've started block nursing (nursing on one side for a few feedings and then switching to the other side for a few feedings) & I'll pump the other side & freeze the milk in case we ever need it. I've been doing this for a couple days w/ no problems but now I'm curious ~ should I not be doing this?
My baby also had low blood sugar (which is odd because he was my smallest baby by far and even my 11 pounder could regulate her blood sugar) and it came down to the last straw and he had to have formula supplementation in the hospital for two days- only 5 ml through a tube attached to my nipple at each feeding for 48 hours but I felt so guilty too as my older two have never even tasted formula. This also lead to jaundice with the baby and it was high but we avoided the bili lights but we had to get his blood drawn about 8 times with repeated trips back to the hospital. He is now nursing exclusively and I am thankful for that and I wish you luck in getting Patrick back on the breast but like Sandy said "be gentle with yourself". HUGS!!!!
Originally Posted by JynxGirl
My physical recovery has been awesome this time around.
It's my mental recovery I'm worried about. :(
Patrick had to be taken to the NICU right away after birth because of low blood sugar. (1.6mmol/L.. really really low). Then he wouldn't nurse effectively and developed jaundice. Between the bili lights and the nurses pushing me to give him formula, we ended up having to use bottles and formula to get him healthy enough to come home.
Only, now he won't nurse at all and just screams at the breast, I'm pumping, but not enough to keep him satiated, and having to use formula is making me feel so guilty and horrible because he just sucks it back with such gusto.
We've rented a hospital grade pump, and I'm pumping roughly every two hours. I'm just getting really exhausted physically and mentally. Right now the routine is feed the baby, pump, clean the bottles and the pump, sleep for about an hour, and start again.
Someone needs to tell me this will get better and mean it. Because I need to know that this is doable long term if that's what it takes. :(
See what I wrote above- I am so sorry that you are going through this. I have been there and it's awful!
Originally Posted by MeredithA
AFM, I woke with a 102.2 fever, shaking, and red streaks on my right breast. Cabbage, garlic, and compresses didn't seem to help so I just called the midwife and am getting a prescription for an antibiotic. I really didn't want to take medicine (I haven't had so much as a Tylenol the entire pregnancy!) but it seems necessary at this point. I guess block nursing & pumping was a bad idea after all. I sent DH for probiotics ad yogurt as well ~ I'm worried about baby getting thrush. My sister had the same thing happen and her baby got the worst case of thrush :-( plus I have been trying to cut out dairy because baby Deacon is so gassy, but I have always eaten yogurt daily while on antibiotics so ... I don't know... Maybe I'll just stick w the probiotic capsules.
Yup- I am there with you thinking that DH will die. I am also thinking that the older two kids will die but I'm not worried about the baby dieing this time around. I also think about all the little tings too and it makes me sob!
Maryamrose- I am terrified of DH getting in a car accident. I won't let him take the older two kids anywhere without the baby and I right now. Its INSANE but I keep thinking that I would rather have us all get in the car accident together rather then get the call about him and the older kids. This always happens to me right at the end of a pregnancy and into the early PP days. It will get better :)
Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway
As for panic and worry...I find myself to the point of tears thinking of something happening to my husband. It is so odd that it isn't focused on one of the children, but on my husband. Like I feel that if something happened to him I just couldn't go on. I definitely feel a vulnerability that I have never felt before. And now the morbid thoughts are focused on him - like today I had tears welling up watching him getting dressed and ready for work. I was thinking how if something ever happened to him how I would miss witnessing these small rituals I've watched for more than a decade. His hair and how it always needs cut and I am forever nagging him.
Ok..tears again. LOL
Originally Posted by maryamrose
my husband dropped my mom off at the airport today and I spent the entire time he was away worried that he'd get into an accident. he's also pretty sleep-deprived, so I guess it makes sense, but I'm definitely more protective of him than usual. of course when he got back, he had to tell me that his uncle got into a multi-car wreck today and that his car flipped over (thankfully he's ok!) this did not make me feel very good about letting my husband out of the house.