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post #21 of 35
I went shopping and bought some maternity underwear today (since I always wear bikinis).

My hospital and my OB are very supportive of breastfeeding. I'll be able to breastfeed as soon we get to the recovery room. I'm really, really committed to doing everything I can to make it work. We are rooming in, so that should help. After everything else I've been through, if I'm unable to breastfeed successfully, I think I'll be totally at my wits end.
post #22 of 35
Tammy ... I had lots of hurdles thrown in my way about bfing and my ds, now over 5 mos., and I have a wonderful bfing relationship. I had the unplanned c/b, ds was severely jaundiced and lethargic (and under the bili lights), the hosp. was not very pro-bfing, I had no close friends or family who had bf, among other things, and through sheer determination we made bfing work. Find a lactation consuktant or local LLL leader now so you have someone to call if you need help when you get home from the hosp. It will work. It is extremely rare for someone not to be able to bf.
post #23 of 35
Thank, Henry's_Mama. Apparently the hospital I am birthing at is extremely pro-breastfeeding, from what I've heard from other people who gave birth there. I'm really pleased to hear that.

When my stepmother arrives (she's coming to help out right after), she and I are going to have have a little sit down talk though. Both my sister and sister-in-law had problems nursing and stopped within a few weeks. So anytime I even mention that I'm going to be breastfeeding, she always feels compelled to say "well, it doesn't always work out that way..." or something to that effect.

But I have a lot more support, both in person and online, than either of them did, and BF is far more important to me than for either of them. They both saw a lactation counselor - but only once - and didn't really have any other support.

I'm hoping/planning to have one of my homebirth midwives with me in the recovery room, to make sure that I get off to a good start. And I've got several recommendations for good lactation counselors in the area.

Some friends of mind had a whole lot of problems with their newborn not nursing. After a week of suffering, they took her for cranial sacral therapy, and apparently she's like a new baby! But most people wouldn't even think to try that.
post #24 of 35
Hi Tammy,

I'd love to bring you over some food or help out in any way that I can. Please feel free to call me for support if BFing is difficult (we're EBF at 2.5 yo and still going strong!). Lots of great LLL in A2. I'm going to PM you with my phone number. Please feel free to call anytime!

Best wishes for a wonderful birth ,

StillForest
post #25 of 35
Quote:
Originally posted by RacheePoo
don't forget to have someone take a picture in the OR once your baby is out...it's still a cute pic, even if it's a c/b!
And.....I'll probably get flamed for saying this but....your baby won't have that ridiculous looking cone head in his first pic!




I ditto the basket idea. I was in a home where the bedroom was upstairs. Honestly it was no big deal. I recovered well enough that I could do the stairs, slowly, without any difficulty. Obviously I wasn't going up and down all day, but I could move around. Also, my DH was home for 2 weeks so was able to hold baby for me, bring me food, etc.

But really, I didn't spend the days in bed. By the time I was home I was mobile - slow and careful, but mobile!

You'll do fine!! We'll all be thinking of you!! I had a wonderful C/S birth and I just know you will too! When you hold that gorgeous newborn you won't care so much what hole it came out of! :LOL
post #26 of 35
Hi Tammy,

You and I have a very similar situation. My little one also turned transverse but it wasn't until I was pushing...imagine my surprise. I had planned a homebirth and I really thought I would feel so depressed and like a failure. I recieved so much support from everyone in my life and on these forums that I haven't had really any very sad moments to speak of yet.

What to do about the stairs...
we spend most of our time in the basement but we sleep up stairs, also with an attached cosleeper for baby. For the first 2 days or so if I went down stairs I stayed there and only made 1 or 2 trips a day. It's been 2 weeks and I'm practically running up and down them. Just go where you need to go and try and stay put. Have other people bring you things. As for the cosleeper. I found it hard for the first couple of days to sit up in bed and grab the baby from the cosleeper. Luckily dh took time off work and was able to help me out during the night. Again this only lasted for a couple of days.

Best of luck to you and take it easy completely for at least a week after you get home and just enjoy your baby!!!

Amy
post #27 of 35
Thanks to everyone - reading back through this thread, I realized I'd missed some posts before, so I'm glad I did!

We're going to have a BABY today. Insert mixture of awe, anticipation and terror here.

I'm am very, very lucky, in that we will have tons of support. My husband has two weeks off work, and my stepmom gets here Wednesday. I live in a cohousing community surrounded by wonderful supportive folks who are all eager to help out. My DH already does most of the cleaning and tidying around the house, and we have a housekeeper every two weeks who does the rest. I have an incredible group of friends to draw on for support, including one who has already offered me breast milk from her freezer if I need it. And all of you, of course, with your excellent advice. Aas the queen of carbs and dairy - I've eaten 3 pints of ice cream in the last week (can we say comfort food?) - I especially appreciate the advice about avoiding those in order to reduce my chances of yeast/thrush.

We're gonna be fine. And we're gonna have a BABY!

Okay - off to pack for the hospital - we'll be leaving in about 2 hours.
post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 

Woo Hooo!!!!

Tammy, I am so happy that today is your baby's BIRTH DAY! I Can't wait to hear about your birth and I think it is AWESOME that you have such incredible support. Enjoy your baby moon~

Kim
post #29 of 35
Yay! I hope everything goes well and let us know the details when you can!! Enjoy your little one
post #30 of 35
Good luck! We'll be thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery! Enjoy that baby!
post #31 of 35

Hi There Tammy

Quote:
Originally Posted by tammylc
I went shopping and bought some maternity underwear today (since I always wear bikinis).

My hospital and my OB are very supportive of breastfeeding. I'll be able to breastfeed as soon we get to the recovery room. I'm really, really committed to doing everything I can to make it work. We are rooming in, so that should help. After everything else I've been through, if I'm unable to breastfeed successfully, I think I'll be totally at my wits end.
**I know how you feel. After being induced at 33-34 wks and having an emergency csection and having my baby flight for lifed away from me before even meeting him I was a t wits end. A birth doesn't always go as planned as I learned and all odds were against me bf'ing my 4lb baby on oxygen, etc. (per the medical staff) BUT I made certain I could. We didn't allow ANY formula to be given (donor milk was used) NO artificial nipples either. ON the 3rd day of his life we met for the first time and the little thing latched right on. The next 3 weeks were me bf'ing him and him being gavaged my bm until he was strong enough to just bf. It CAN be done and I think if we were successful anyone can be. From the failure of my pregnancy to the failed birth plan to everything I thank my mother nature I was able to breastfeed. It's the only thing that went right~
good luck hon!
Kimberley & Baylor
post #32 of 35
Tammy, I"m so excited for you! Best, best wishes for a happy and healthy birth. We'll all be waiting eagerly to hear your birth story, though I know you won't be able to post from the hospital - do ask a friend or DH if they can just post a quick update for you, if they can.

Go Tammy!!!!
post #33 of 35
Thinking about you today! Can't wait to hear how it went.
post #34 of 35

My advice (lived thru the emergency C and bf "problems")

Hi Tam-
I hope that this post finds you and your babe well. I am proof that anyone can breastfeed if you have the will there's always the way. My advice to you is not to accept even the idea of failure.

Hmmm... let me do this in list form:
1. Avoid pumping if you can. I didn't know left from right when it came to pumping or bf'ing and while in the hospital they gave me the pump- so I pumped... enough to fill thre mini-fridges, before a nurse finally educated me to the fact that I was convincing my body I'd just had sixtuplets and needed to NOT pump so much (my baby is a preemie so he was being gavaged my bm and nursing so I DID HAVE TO pump, but still!). Once home it became evident that pumping got in the way of his natural control over my milk supply. Problems were created via pumping.
2. Your nipples may be sore and burning but using that nipple lube will just delay them toughening up... I had to stop the stuff cold turkey and within a week they were pain free and I could wear shirts without that oily stain on each boob!
3. Don't worry about if your babe is getting enough milk. She is! Unless she's not peeing or pooping you need not be anxious about your production. It's a nat'l process that works so well!
4. your baby may nurse every hour for months... maybe every 3... to each baby his/her own desire. Don't worry if your babies schedule is different than another mother may report of her baby.
5. Be comfortable NIP'ing... do it often so it becomes a regular thing and not an uncomfortable moment.
6. If your baby is big enough nursing at night can be done while you rest! Lay on your side and lead babe too the nipple and latch on. She can wake and nurse to her desire and you can snooze during that time too!
Good luck!
Kimberley
post #35 of 35
Has anybody heard any news yet?????
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