Originally Posted by DecemberSun
Its people like Rynna who hold thir boob out in public, affixing a nipple sheild when needed, to feed her new baby while her toddler and preschooler run around... You're a REAL mom, Rynn.
Wow, that's so sweet of you to say!
: Thank you, you totally made my night.
Nursing in NICU can be difficult, but I have to say that I got loads of support both times from the lactation staff, and the second time around the nurses were amazing, doing everything in their power to get Bella on the boob ASAP.
They were fabulous people!
Floravital-- I've come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, a necessity in our household, particularly for BeanBean and myself. I've had problems maintaining a reasonable (as in, I'm not angry, tired, irritable and weak all the time) iron level for as long as I can remember, and it only got worse when I started menstruating. BeanBean's got a genetic disorder which causes severe hemolytic anemia when he's exposed to certain chemicals, but also when he's under physical or emotional stress, so there's a wicked cycle at work-- he gets a headache, loses some iron, becomes irritable and stressed, loses more iron... and on and on. His hemoglobin can get rather low this way, and while the effect is only somewhat cumulative, it's hard to break the cycle without extra iron supplementation. I mean, he's three years old, and while he's very bright, he's still got about as much thought for the long term as... well, as a three year old!
I'm hoping that the Floravital will help with BooBah's PICA as well, I haven't been able to find anything other than anemia which might be causing it, and she has had problems with anemia in the past (big surprise, considering her family). For her, the kid's coffee is often enough to keep the anemia at bay, but it hasn't done much for the PICA.
Mike's the only one of us who *doesn't* need Floravital; he just needs more sleep and better control of his blood sugar.
So yeah, it's really expensive, but after just a few days BeanBean is an entirely different child, the circles under his eyes (which I thought were allergies) are fading fast and the sweet, helpful, loving little man I gave birth to has come back to replace what we like to call "Evil Empire Eli."
It's ridiculous, how much it helps him! I mean, it's downright scary. He'd been taking a Flintstones vitamin every single day, and while it does help his energy level, nothing's changed his behavior the way that the Floravital has literally overnight. Thinking about the difference in his mood and behavior, I feel like it would be more cruel than ever to deny him the stuff...
We've got to work it into the budget somehow.
Flax seed-- What coffee grinder?
Seriously, though; I don't drink coffee. I may, though, be able to get MIL to dedicate one to such a task, or borrow hers. She uses ground flax meal all the time, but I don't think she buys the refrigerated kind. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen the stuff in a fridge...
It's a good idea, and I will ask her. The trouble is, I don't do all that much baking. We eat oatmeal and cream of wheat, but I rarely bake anything.
That's the other thing about eating organic-- I hate baking and cooking. I only do it because I have to feed the kids, you know? When I lived alone, I lived on ramen noodles and eggs. When Mike and I moved in together, it was even worse-- I used the microwave to make 80% of my meals, and they weren't all that wholesome (but cheap!
) I'd never feed such junk to my children unless there was nothing else in the house or I was really tired. Outside of the third trimester of pregnancy, I haven't felt that pathetic.
Okay... so what's kefir, actually?
I've heard a bit about it, but I have no clue as to what it is...