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Babies and postpartum chat - Page 6post #101 of 2449/2/13 at 8:32ampost #102 of 2449/2/13 at 8:41am
oh my goodness - my MIL is freaking me out. Every time a baby cries "i think he's still hungry" my little guy spit up well, vomited more like, in the middle of the night because she stuffed him so full last night without burping and then wouldn't eat anything for 5 hrs he was so upset. now my big guy nursed and took a bottle and fussed for a little "he's still hungry" no he's not! So after a few min he was fine being in moby but I was at a horrible deficit the last couple of days, I have to thaw my sister's milk in the freezer and seriously we're going to need formula by the end of the week and it just stresses me out even more. Now I'm pumping and she's telling him how starving he is and I just can't stand it.post #103 of 2449/2/13 at 8:43ampost #104 of 2449/2/13 at 9:31amThanks, ladies. I took her outside and took a good look inside her mouth in daylight. The midwife warned me that gentian violet can cause little ulceration a in the mouth and bingo! Callie has irregularly shaped discoloured areas. So I think it's a side effect of the thrush treatment. At least the thrush is gone. Hoping I won't have to pump more than a day or so.
I'm almost relieved. I can at least see a cause. I'll offer the breast every time but give the bottle after a few tries. At least I know my breasts/milk supply is ok and baby still wants to nurse - just can't.post #105 of 2449/2/13 at 9:38amQuote:Gus had jaundice from day 3 to around 12. It was a giant pain in the butt, with 5-6 trips to the hospital lab for blood draws and a bili-blanket for about 5 days. In the end, it wasn't a severe case of jaundice, but my ped wanted to make sure that his bilirubin levels were dropping instead of rising. That's no fun at all, Banana! Has your DS had his blood tested?
Edited by thecoffeebean - 9/2/13 at 10:10ampost #106 of 2449/2/13 at 10:12amNo, he was born at home so I typically don't see our doctor until later on. MW wasn't concerned. He seemed a little sleepy on day 4 so I woke him up often and made drink as much milk as I could! He has seemed to wake up (well, for a newborn) since then. But I didn't realize it took that long for the color to fade.post #107 of 2449/2/13 at 10:58ampost #108 of 2449/2/13 at 11:04amBanana, I think they are more conservative here than most places- maybe because of the high altitude? Anyway, you can try and nurse him stripped down to just a diaper several times a day in a sunny window. That should help, especially if you expose as much of his skin as possible. As long as you keep an eye on him and make sure he's not getting more sleepy and lethargic, he'll probably be fine.post #109 of 2449/2/13 at 11:07amDD1 was yellowish for 5-7 days or so and she wasn't jaundiced, her bilirubin levels were not very high at all. She just had lots of milk (bottle at the time - I started out pumping) and it cleared up.
DD2 was only yellowish for 36 hours or so even though her bili was higher than DD2's was. I think babies are just different. Unless baby is too sleepy and not nursing much, id probably just try to get a little sunlight on him and not worry much.post #110 of 2449/2/13 at 12:34pmSkycheat: I was just going to say that was us last night and suggest starting with a bottle and switching to breast, but it sounds like you figured out the reason. Maybe a little bit of a bottle will get her settled though anyways.
Edelweiss: your mil sounds like my own mother. She still reminds me about how I "starved" ds1 while seeing if my milk came in. It makes me furious! Maybe you can remind her that the babies might be fussy for several reasons, and to please try other ways to soothe them first? And give her all the options (like swaddling, rocking, pacifier, whatever you do). Also would it help if she asked you first before giving more milk? That way you can give approval or not, and communicate with her about other things she's tried first and decide what to do next?post #111 of 2449/2/13 at 12:45pm
Yeah we need to talk to MIL. It just makes me so stressed out and I know I need to be relaxing (if I'm on the computer it's bc I'm pumping and hearing stuff like that just makes it harder to pump or nurse). A few of the times she hasn't been feeding them at the time it's just hearing "oh I think he's hungry. Oh look he's crying, you need to feed him" junk that sets me on edge. I know it's made worse by the fact that my supply has been even worse the last few days and they're eating more and we're going to likely be using formula within the week which really saddens me even though I know logically it's what we need to do to feed them when I'm exhausting myself from pumping and nursing anyway. Sometimes I tell DH he should make them milk, not really trying to be funny but to kind of just say I can't make any more, they're gaining very well and wetting their diapers great so why does everyone have to say they're starving?post #112 of 2449/2/13 at 12:49pmpost #113 of 2449/2/13 at 2:08pmpost #114 of 2449/2/13 at 2:24pmpost #115 of 2449/2/13 at 2:59pmpost #116 of 2449/2/13 at 3:36pmpost #117 of 2449/2/13 at 6:32pmpost #118 of 2449/2/13 at 6:54pmpost #119 of 2449/3/13 at 7:22amQuote:
I was nervous at first that I wouldn't like this DDC as much as my first from September 2010, but I feel a lot closer to y'all and like I know you better; I wish I had a club for every major thing in my life! Handy having y'all in my pocket! I talk about this group all the time to my DH; I'm sure he is sick of it. Ha.post #120 of 2449/3/13 at 3:37pm
aww. I actually only just joined mdc while I was pregnant! I had been to the site a few times but mostly on la leche league's forum. Definitely appreciate you all and glad for all the support during a challenging pregnancy, pre-term birth, NICU stay and now all the joys and trials of twins and figuring out breastfeeding with them! Phew!!
OK so tandem nursing isn't so great because they don't always latch that great and I need that 1:1 time to get it just so but I have mostly mastered tandem pumped milk in a bottle feeding. Yep. DH is back to work from the holiday wkend and I don't want my in-laws feeding the boys so I have my nursing pillow and hold them just so and burp them together and everything. Give them an ounce and then they're satisfied enough that one can wait his turn to nurse while brother nurses.
I was up every 2 hrs last night to pump. I lost 3 lbs yesterday. I was so stressed out I barely ate and I know that didn't help my milk supply so today I took my oatmeal milk-making bars (baked oatmeal with flax and brewer's yeast) and filled a plate in front of the computer - my pumping station. My in laws are here but I had the take DD to the zoo this morning and gave them a list of chores that needed to be done, said they didn't need to do them all but to pick and choose and they did some. They were of course sitting around when I got up from nap. my FIL especially just sits around reading the newspaper one day then I threw it in recycling. Then he got the mail and just sat around reading a magazine that came. Oh well....
oh and I finally ordered domperidone. I hope it helps. It will be up to a month till it gets here though. Yesterday was crazy with not enough milk and thawing my sister's and being over 4 oz behind. We have barely any milk left of hers and her daughter is almost a year so she is probably done pumping. I dread having to buy formula but it looks like that's where we'll be in a few days.
Edited by Edelweiss98 - 9/3/13 at 4:41pm
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