So great, Mamamash!! I love the pictures- you have beautiful children. And you look pretty darn fantastic for a lady who just had a baby, IMO! :)
Violet is here! - Page 3
I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep up in any of the other threads. I hope you are all doing well. I check for birth announcements often and can't wait to see a ton more as we are heading into September!
I'm not too familiar with reflux except with my nieces and nephews who were formula fed and could take a special formula-but I recall seeing something in passing about breast feeding moms changing their diet helping with baby's reflux. Maybe that's an avenue you can explore to get her some relief?
I ha the baby blues to varying degrees with my kids. And two wicked bouts of post partum depression. Don't be hesitant to talk to your doctor, even if it doesn't seem like its bad. It bothers me how little care and attention are given to moms once the baby is born-which is really when we need it most. FWIW, when I had ppd after my son, my doc who was also an expert in breast feeding medicine gave me the choice between Zoloft, or committing to an hour of exercise each day, which had been proven to be as effective as Zoloft for depression. I went with the exercise, and it really got me over the hump and got me through til my hormones started to level back out.
More than anything, I think that a lot of other moms here would join me in stressing that even though we're just online, we're all here to listen when you need to talk or blow off steam.
Aw, poor Violet (and Mama!). Try feeding in more upright positions (reclining yourself a bit with baby straight up rather than horizontal), keeping her upright after feedings, sucking on an "empty" breast or a pacifier to keep the gut moving without adding more milk and offering small frequent feedings can help. Also consider that some evidence points to food sensitivities being a reflux trigger...the most common food sensitivity in breastfed babes is maternal intake of cow's milk proteins (both in actual dairy products and the whey proteins in processed foods). Other common problem foods are wheat, soy and eggs. I'm happy to talk more about this if you want...just PM me.
Here's a good, basic LLL article about reflux:
As far as blues/PPD go, I had PPD that manifested mostly as anxiety/irritability for several months. I didn't talk to anyone about it or seek treatment...it just didn't occur to me that I had PPD and nobody called me on it. Mostly, I was just emotional and didn't want to go anywhere or see people. I'd encourage you to talk with your doc soon if you feel it's not improving to a point that you feel comfortable with, or if you start having a hard time taking care of your baby or yourself. Try to be outside every day for a while, and start walking when you're cleared for exercise. Nourish and hydrate yourself and talk to people who care.
I know nothing of reflex. Mostly because I haven't had that issue until this last pregnancy. Gosh it sure is weird to say this "last" pregnancy. I do know that food sensitivities can cause reflux. Have you been eating a lot of dairy or gluten? Perhaps it's a surfacing food allergy in Violet. I've read a lot about how dairy can make fussy newborns with lots of spit up.
I'm sorry you are going through this. You are doing great! Wow recovery for you this time sounds amazing!
I'm feeling amazing physically too after naturally giving birth. But I'm also really getting emotional and sad about having a 35wk old baby. I don't want her to struggle and its not fair that she's out of the womb early! I wish there was something I could have done-- I'm blaming myself. So this is how I know the baby blues are setting in. Plus I cry every time I look at her sweet little face!
I'm right here with you!
As far as baby blues go, I'm actually feeling better. More cheerful happy moments less sad for no reason moments. I officially was able to stop taking percosets on Monday and that has significantly helped. I'm still needing ibuprofen and sometimes Tylenol to take the edge off. Hopefully in a few days I can stop those too. I won't hesitate to talk to someone if I feel like baby blues have turned into PPD. You sound like you're doing awesome Tilly. Don't blame yourself for her early appearance! Some babies just have their own ideas about when they want out.
Glad the reflux is getting better!! And I hope the blues do eventually pass on their own, but I also hope you will look for support and help if they don't seem to be doing that. Sometimes just being able to name them and get them off your chest to someone else really helps (well, I've not experienced post-partum blues, but with regular blues that's the way it works for me). If there's no family or friends nearby that you feel comfortable doing that with, remember that we are all here for you, too!! And if that's not enough, I'm sure there are other more professional resources around you, also. Take care and enjoy your day at the park!