Postpartum Thread! - Page 4
Michelle I have a couple of those swaddlers too. I wondered why the hole. Interesting.
I'm having such a hard time dealing with a possible low milk supply again. Right now Linnea is gaining but a bit slowly and meeting diaper counts but barely...and she's only 6 1/2 pounds... So I'm worried that I really won't be able to keep up as she grows. I SO just want enough milk to feed my baby for once :-( I've tried everything under the sun with my other babies and nothing ever helped. And any time I mention it somewhere someone always asks "have you tried fenugreek?" "uhh, no, I've never thought of that (dripping sarcasm)" sigh. :-(
Taryn sorry to hear this!
OK so I'm actually sitting here in front of the computer sans kids - in like ever. Speaking of scream tests - DS is finally asleep after 3 (4?) hours of crying. The dreaded six-week "fussiness". Lida - we had something similar on the weekend. Everyone up and crying - including me at some point, especially since the next morning we invited a few friends for brunch and I had nothing prepared so I had to get up early (why do I do that?!). Now I'm using my free 10 minutes to complain. DS throwing up everywhere, DD peeing everywhere and oh I miss showering properly, I miss looking put together (I walked out the door the other day with my sweater inside out and only noticed when I came home - an hour and a half later ), I miss proper food, and I miss not bleeding or spotting (seriously when will this stop? It kind of stopped and then I tried to work out for a couple of days which started it again...)
On the bright side, lots of baby snuggles.
At least this time around I know this will NOT last forever - 3 months is the magic number
Edited by Taryn237 - 1/7/14 at 8:45pm
Taryn, sorry things aren't going well right now. I hope your supply is able to keep up with you LOs needs.
Today DD has been really fussy. The only way she's happy is if she's nursing or I'm holding her. I haven't been able to put her down at all. She'll be 3 weeks tomorrow-they usually have a growth spurt about that time right? She's been really fussy in the evenings the last few days and wanting to nurse constantly. I don't think it's because she really needs to eat, she does a really shallow suck instead of the long deep suck and swallow of eating, then she spits up. Sometimes it seems like she gets mad while on the breast but doesn't want a pacifier either. I'm not really sure what she wants.
Onto a cloth diapering question. I exclusively breast feed. dS2 has been exclusively cloth diapered for the last two days since CDs fit him better than the disposables ihave. I read somewhere that breast milk poop is water soluble but it seems there are putty/clay like residues in his diapers after I washed them in my high efficiency wash machine. is this residue from the few mL of formula he had in the hospital that is working its way out or something weird with my breast milk?
Taryn, thanks for the suggestion about tongue-tie. I hadn't even thought about that! I did have my doula take a look and I don't think that's the problem. We tried a couple of simple positioning changes and it seems to have helped.
The birth center where we went for all of our care, provides us with 15 hours of postpartum doula support. I have to just say, it's really the best! We've only had one visit, but it was so great to have her in our space where I could ask all of my specific questions, have her look at our sleeping arrangements, watch me breastfeed and provide me with some reassurances and answers. For a new mama, this is an invaluable support!
Lida, I found a posting on diaperswappers.com that talked about using the "bulky" setting on a HE machine to get more water in the barrel. I did that and the "putty/clay" residue disappeared. I had used the rinse/spin cycle with cold water, then did the "bulky" setting with detergent and hot water. I then washed them one again with my other light clothes to see if I could get more of the EBF stains out, didn't make a difference, but it looks like I need to hang my diapers in the window to "sun them" since I am not going outside in the subzero weather.. Today I didn't do that, just put them in the dryer without any dryer sheets/fabric softener.