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post #21 of 37
Thread Starter 

I need to get a new carseat badly for D. Of the safest ones, what is the most inexpensive, yet comfortable?

 

Also,

she is getting up on hands and knees and rocking (and face planting)...Also she was getting up on her toes and hands today too. I am NOT ready for a mobile baby. I love this squishy sweet infant.

Any one elses wanting to fly?

 

How is postpartum healing going for every one? I must admit I got attacked by the 'body fuglies' for about the last 6 weeks...I bought a skirt that fit nicely and I have to say that really began helping.

I've been getting little tinges of light red here and there (wouldn't even notice them really but I always wear a pantiliner) and my stomach has been cramping..I had the worst PMS kind of rage about a week ago...I think my body is trying to start its period again...Can any one tell me what the first postpartum period is like? Will I be crazy in hormone city the longer it delays?

post #22 of 37

It's been such a long time since I've had time to post, but I've been reading along when I can.

 

I went back to work full time at the end of August and it seems like everything is a blur.  I usually don't work Sundays and Mondays.  Tuesday-Thursday DS goes to my inlaws in the early afternoon, DH picks him up in the evening, and then usually I get a chance to do a feeding and a bit of cuddle time before he goes to sleep.  Fridays DS comes to work with me!  My business partner also has a son, 5 weeks younger than DS.  Fridays at the dance studio are always interesting now!  Some of our older students baby-sit the two boys as a work study scholarship.  Saturdays DH is usually home with DS unless he has to work, then I bring DS to the studio with me and a parent watches him for me.  All of this is not so conducive to a regular schedule for DS, but we do what we can and one upside is he is very comfortable being with several different caregivers so that's nice.

 

I have total mommy brain.  I have to write everything down or I'll forget.  Of course I frequently forget where I've written things down. :)

 

DS is generally a great baby.  He sleeps 6-8 hours straight at night.  (Mamas who have to get up many times a night please don't hate me!)  We had some very bad gas issues for awhile.  I cut out dairy and he's been much better.  I also try to eat very limited gluten (DH is GF) but sometimes I just NEED a piece of bread or some awesome store bought cookies. winky.gif  DS is a spit-up king.  I'm trying to feed less, more frequently to see if that helps, but I think he may just be one of those babies.  He's small, but continues to grow so I'm not really concerned.  He has had some crazy diaper rash lately.  I'm trying to do as much diaper free time as possible - or at least leave the cover off.  I also ordered some weleda calendula cream.  That comes on Wednesday so hopefully that will help.  DS doesn't seem bothered by it, but his whole bottom is rashy. greensad.gif

 

My MIL only makes me crazy about every other day.  I'm trying to be really good and appreciative of the free childcare, but some days I just can't help it.  (No, my baby does not need water and no you may not give him lime water in the bottle if he has gas!)

 

So that's where we're at these days.  This time a year ago we were just finding out I was pregnant.  WOW!

 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall so far!
 

post #23 of 37
Thread Starter 

Lime water for gas? Hmm, thats a new one I'll have to try for myself *lol*

It is no small wonder lifes been a blur for you M. Thats a busy, busy schedule.

I was wondering how your blister thing turned out and did you try the nipple shields?

 

I am happy to announce that this week baby girl started latching about half the time without the shield. So maybe I will be able to get rid of it here in another month or so. My nipples never stretched, but she knows enough to know thats where the food is...so we will see.

post #24 of 37
Thread Starter 

Has anyone got their period back?

post #25 of 37

Apparently lime water is some kind of family thing that was used with the previous two generations.  Who knows!

 

BFing is going really well.  Around 10 weeks everything just kind of worked itself out and I've been blister and issue free ever since.  What I had were actually nipple shells, not shields.  You can look them up on Amazon if you're curious.  Medela makes them.  What was happening is my nipples hurt so bad that my clothing was chafing them.  At night I still sleep with nothing on, but during the day I had to wear clothes of course.  It was excruciating and it got the the point where I couldn't hold DS up against me.  So, the shells were like a protective cup for my nipples.

 

That's awesome that your little one is starting to latch without the shield Onemore!

 

No period for me yet.  Thank goodness!  I am not looking forward to that!

post #26 of 37

No period for me yet either.  Layla is sleeping longer and longer at night, so I'm sure it'll come back soon.  :\

post #27 of 37

Mine showed up today. I figured it would be coming once the baby stopped nursing at night (something she gave up on her own). Ironically now that she's sleeping "through the night" (12am to 5am) I'm actually expressing more at night since I usually wake up to pee and then have to pump because I can't sleep on full boobs. 

 

I'm really tired of nursing. She eats every ~1.5 hours, both sides, and it's exhausting. I don't think it's a supply issue, I'm going to bring it up with her doctor when we go next week. It seems *really* frequent.

post #28 of 37
Thread Starter 

KM, D ate like that too. you have my understanding and sympathy! now we can  go 2-3 hours since I started feeding oatmeal. shes happier too.

 

ok gals - be back in a couple weeks. off to Sukkot!

post #29 of 37
Kusha also eats frequently, just about every two hours. I can express at least 3 ounces per breast, so it's definitely not a supply issue. I think he's just a hungry baby.



what I thought was a period at 8w pp definitely wasn't. no period here yet, and wouldn't be surprised if it takes its time to come back. he nurses 3-4 times through the night (which is usually ok since I feed him side-lying and I barely wake up; the issue now is that he's been cranky/crying at night lately for no apparent reason).



he's finally rolling over (thanks to lots and lots of naked time), but only back to belly. once he's on his belly, he tolerates it for a few minutes and starts bawling. we help him get on his back again, and he almost instantly (and very deliberately) rolls back onto his tummy. he's a silly kid.
Edited by maryamrose - 9/30/12 at 8:39pm
post #30 of 37

Kai has been eating like that too, KM. (see other thread about being a milk cow! haha)

its not supply... except I have hear that supply can temporarily dip when your period comes back? I didnt get mine til DS1 was 9 months and on solids for real last time so I dont really remember a supply dip but I have heard that to be common.

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Mine showed up today. I figured it would be coming once the baby stopped nursing at night (something she gave up on her own). Ironically now that she's sleeping "through the night" (12am to 5am) I'm actually expressing more at night since I usually wake up to pee and then have to pump because I can't sleep on full boobs. 

 

I'm really tired of nursing. She eats every ~1.5 hours, both sides, and it's exhausting. I don't think it's a supply issue, I'm going to bring it up with her doctor when we go next week. It seems *really* frequent.

post #31 of 37

I've definitely had a supply dip, I hope it's just because my period has returned. We give her a bottle before bed so my husband can have a turn at feeding her, and then I pump right afterwards. I was previously getting 3-4 oz (which we'd then feed to her the next night) but now I'm getting barely 1 oz. During the day she's nursing pretty much constantly, and still seems hungry afterwards. It's frustrating. I'm going to talk to her doctor tomorrow about a contingency plan should my supply not come back in a few days.

post #32 of 37

interesting. it's like so many things are happening all at once though - your period could be causing a supply dip, but babe is also getting bigger/hungrier -- nursing around the clock SHOULD bring your supply back up - if it's a growth spurt... I am not sure why I don't remember this phase from the first time around, but it feels very intense - 5 months - like they are about to explode developmentally and eating, sleeping, it all is getting crazed. I dropped off an emergency bottle of formula with the usual 3 5 oz bottles at daycare today. AND I started him on a very small amount of solids - I did Happy Baby Oatmeal + Breastmilk at first but that seemed so boring. So I added some pureed sweet potato. It did nothing to change his nighttime sleep (lack thereof even though he was literally sleeping from 7 pm til 5 or 6 am for WEEKS prior....), and his ravenous monster nursing at 2am. He still seems hungry. But he is also rolling everywhere, and trying so hard to crawl. Already.

DS1 was a big baby too but I don't think he was so ready to MOVE like little Kai is. It's just feeling very intense, that's honestly the only way I can think to describe it.

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I've definitely had a supply dip, I hope it's just because my period has returned. We give her a bottle before bed so my husband can have a turn at feeding her, and then I pump right afterwards. I was previously getting 3-4 oz (which we'd then feed to her the next night) but now I'm getting barely 1 oz. During the day she's nursing pretty much constantly, and still seems hungry afterwards. It's frustrating. I'm going to talk to her doctor tomorrow about a contingency plan should my supply not come back in a few days.

post #33 of 37

I know a "dip" is normal when you get your period, but I seriously feel like I'm drying up here. I'm nursing constantly, and added a pumping session at night when DD is asleep, and all day she was hollering at my breast for milk that wasn't coming. I finally gave her a bottle from my freezer stash, and she transformed into a happy baby again. Meanwhile I'm pumping every hour and getting about 1/4 to 1/2 oz. I'm frustrated, she's frustrated, we're all frustrated.  

post #34 of 37

I've heard that supplementing with calcium helps prevent that dip. this is exactly what happened before I started spotting (when I thought I was getting my period) - a major drop in supply for 2 or 3 days beforehand. Kellymom says 1500 mg calcium w/ 750 mg magnesium is a good dose to aim for. I take a little less and hope I make up for the difference with diet.

 

sorry mama :( that sounds really hard.

post #35 of 37

Oh no, mama. I'm so sorry this is so hard! And the stress doesn't help with making more milk either. Have you checked out this website http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-diet.aspx? I have been grabbing a handful of raw almonds, trying to eat oats, etc. But if you scroll down there's a list of all sorts of other foods to eat too -

My advice to you would be to eat the lactogenic foods, keep nursing her around the clock, and if necessary, feeding from freezer stash -- I'll bet after a few days your supply will pick back up.

Plus the calcium/magnesium - that is also excellent advice.

You must be exhausted. hug2.gif

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I know a "dip" is normal when you get your period, but I seriously feel like I'm drying up here. I'm nursing constantly, and added a pumping session at night when DD is asleep, and all day she was hollering at my breast for milk that wasn't coming. I finally gave her a bottle from my freezer stash, and she transformed into a happy baby again. Meanwhile I'm pumping every hour and getting about 1/4 to 1/2 oz. I'm frustrated, she's frustrated, we're all frustrated.  

post #36 of 37

Thanks everyone. That's a good point about supplements, not only is AF here but since my husband has been out of town my eating habits have been in a slump. I need to start eating my fruits and veggies again, and take my vitamins!

 

We saw the pediatrician today for the 4 moth checkup, and talked about the supply issues. She suggested slowly trying out a few solids (rather than formula), and continuing to pump hourly any time I'm not nursing to help my supply rebound faster. She told us to start with veggies, so we got some sweet potatoes for her to try. It's earlier than I'd originally planned to start solids, but I'm even less enthused about giving her formula.

 

The good news is she's gaining weight and has lots of wet diapers each day, so it's not a "true" milk shortage. But I'm hoping the little bit of veggies will help her feel full a little longer, giving me a little more time to catch my breath between feedings.

post #37 of 37
KM, I got into a slump too, and like you, it was due to diet (and being too busy to notice). Another thing to note besides vitamins is hydration. The biggest factor in my case was being negligent about water. Good luck!
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