rock_dr, we regularly forget A.'s name.
I think, if you haven't been using it during the pregnancy, that it is REALLY normal to do that. (I have to think so. We did it with both kids.
About back labor... I don't know if that's what I had this time! My mom says it doesn't sound like how hers was, but I definitely has something going on in my back. Basically, with each contraction, my pain started in the front (where I expected it), then it radiated around and back, but DOWN into my tailbone, where I had a horrible, resonating/twanging pain that died out, but much more slowly (and less completely) than the pains in the front. (Mom said her back labor was up in her lower/mid back, not down low.)
So, was mine back labor? Or am I the world's only woman to have "butt labor"?!?
I will say this. My first birth--in a hospital, with a doctor, requiring vacuum and episiotomy, and 11 hours instead of 5 hours from water breaking to baby's appearance--was much easier. At the end of my first delivery, I was on a super high and shouted, "I can do that again!" At the end of this delivery, I found myself thinking I couldn't bear to deliver any more children and I was so thankful it was over. Hmm...
Darling little A. has been latching on and nursing MUCH better still today. Thanks be to God!!! I'm taking a bit of a pumping rest today and plan to only do three sessions total (instead of my usual 6-7.) My right nipple has been hurting. I finally see the reason why--a little... well, it looks like a paper cut! A small "slice" but not bleeding or scabby or anything. I don't know if A. did it or the pump did it. That is my "good" side, where A. nurses for twice as long and I get twice as much out when pumping, so I must figure out how to fix this owie ASAP. I can't lose the GOOD side!!!
We're going back to the LC on Tuesday. I hope it is healed/healing by then, but surely she'll be able to help.
Did I mention yet that I scheduled and Early Intervention visit for A. also? The LC suggested they could help us evaluate if he really has an oral motor issue, as I've maybe mentioned I fear due to his vice-grip tight latch-of-boobie-doom. I was trying to find a cranio-sacral therapist who works with babies, or physical or occupational therapist, but Early Intervention is free, so it is a fine place to start, I suppose. I keep wondering if his super-short trip through the birth canal with his head thwacking my sacrum may have gotten his little spine out of optimal alignment or something...
Must go check on Mom and the baby now. Oh how grateful I am for the help, even though I get grumpy about SOMETHING Mom does every day!