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post #21 of 27
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LCs no longer suggest this becuase there is debate that it "works" to relieve engorgment becuase it acually reduces milk supply...
Huh, interesting - I never heard that.

I've used cabbage leaves for engorgement and I will say that it DOES work (crack the spines first). I don't recall any supply issues as a result, but I suppose I used the remedy sparingly. And would be even more careful about it now knowing this tidbit - especially if I was already having supply issues...
post #22 of 27
bumping up...

ne other sitz bath 'recipes' ?? I wasn't impressed with just plain water.

Tip DON'T use always weave type pads if you have stitches... youchers.
I learned that the hard way last time around. We are not so bad this time. (Plural, huh, it felt like between that and my breast issues last time, they had taken on a life of thier own.)

Use your breastmilk before and after nursing on the nipples and after, let air dry a bit.

Last time I went out and bought a donut pillow at a pharmacy to sit on.


Okay, vent....
I'm still a little uncomfy this time, but nothing like last time. I'm so mad my midwife gave me an eipisotomy last time. 6 lbs 6 oz the first time compared to 8 lbs 1 oz and with the hand to her face this time.... and I tore along my scar line so who knows if I would have even tore this time or this far if I had not been compromised the first time.

This time 2nd degree tear and I'm not in 'pain' just discomfort. Frist time 3rd degree with pain for weeks. Uugh.

Jessica
post #23 of 27
i took some arnica every few hours and had much relief with soreness, etc.

my peri wash recipe that feels like heaven: witch hazel, Eo's of myrrh, chamomile, and lavender ( 30-40 drops of each in half bottle of witch hazel)
Mix in an irri bottle 1 oz. and fill the rest of the way with cool or warm water and squirt on perineal area after using the bathroom or when bathing or whenever you want. Feel so nice and helps heal the area.

also, froze some pads with squirts of witch hazel instead of water.

herbal sitz bath: goldenseal, myrrh, chamomile, lavender, comfrey (i think that is all- bf brain: ) also good to float baby in and heal his cord
post #24 of 27
For a sore perineal area, I got a kitty litter pan (NEW) which I will use as a home made sitz bath. I will add some witch hazel to it (just some of the stuff you get at the store), plus I have some comfrey leaf tea steeping in the fridge which I will strain out and put in the sitz bath, along with some epsom salts and some hot water that I add yarrow flowers to.

I also got some overnight pads that I put water on and froze, this is supposed to help with the swelling...don't know if any of this stuff will work, but that is what I have ready for me.
post #25 of 27
Afterease update: At least for me, the stuff really works. I've been taking it when I nurse the baby, since that's when the cramps are the worst, and it either lessens or stops them right away.
post #26 of 27
Sore breasts...

lots is coming back from my bad experience w/ Josh, and we are doing fairly well but she still has a latch that needs to be tweaked so I have a litte pain (but nothign like w #1)

Ok, for air drying those sore nipples... when you cant just walk around with your shirt off

Use a styrofoam cup as a shield, cut off the bottom so it is open and then adjust the height to what works for you. Edited to add, I wear a sleep bra to keep it on.
It holds your shirt away from the nipple, yet allows the air to flow.
And would make madonna's cone breasts jealous
Warning you might leak a little from the pressure, but the breast milk is probably good as that is so good for healing too

(Yes, make sure you use breast milk on your nipples to help heal them, and before and after nursing... I always did this and then applied any nipple apno, cream or lansinoh/lanolin)

The other tada solution I thought of today was to use the Avent bottle caps that can be used for bottles or bottle storage (a flat plastic piece pops in where the nipple goes).

I didn't have any cups I could cut and I snagged those, popped off the middle and walked aroudn with those on. I can't stand having my shirt or my son or Rebecca against me so I need a shirt as a barrier. I leaked a little, and leaked a little less when I turned them around. That way the flat part distributes the pressure a little bit better.

Some leaking... and this may or may not work depending on breast/nipple size, but may be worth a try.

Hope that makes sense.

Just make sure you remember you are wearing them. I am amused to say that I saw my neighbor and went out to tell him we had the baby- and about 25 minutes later after I got inside realized that I had had them on. I also had leaky milk stains on my shirt, which I could care less about... but the obviious odd shapes protruding from my currently huge breasts were probably quite freaky... even most people familiar with bf'ing may find it quite strange, dh's going to find it amusing, I'm sure (my breast shields and my fumble).

OOps.

Off to nap...

Jessica
(Stylin breastfeeding momma)
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by jessjgh1 View Post
Just make sure you remember you wear them. I am amused to say that I saw my neighbor and went out to tell him we had the baby- and about 25 minutes later after I got inside realized that I ahd had them on. I also had leaky milk stains on my shirt, which I could care less about... but the obviious odd shapes protruding from my currently huge breasts were probably quite freaky... even most people familiar with bf'ing may find it quite strange, dh's going to find it amusing, I'm sure (my breast shields and my fumble).

Ok, that is stinkin' hilarious!

Clever Idea, though!

Alayna
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