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post #41 of 55
Mine is only 11 hours old, but I think it's going well. The afterpains aren't as bad as after my second (whew!), and I'm trying to be more conscientious about putting lanolin on after every session. I forgot last time (thinking my nips were used to it from nursing my first- not so!), and OUCH. It took over a week to fix my poor, blistered nipples from slacking on lanolin for just 3 days. She keeps trying to slip onto just the nipple, but we're working on it.
post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by hempmama View Post
Mine is only 11 hours old, but I think it's going well. The afterpains aren't as bad as after my second (whew!), and I'm trying to be more conscientious about putting lanolin on after every session. I forgot last time (thinking my nips were used to it from nursing my first- not so!), and OUCH. It took over a week to fix my poor, blistered nipples from slacking on lanolin for just 3 days. She keeps trying to slip onto just the nipple, but we're working on it.
:Congratulations: I am envious......Mr. J was fussy and impatient (like his father) and it took a bit of time for him to calm down and wait for the milk.
post #43 of 55
AKA - my first son was like this (we had latch issues and had to use a nipple shield). What I found that helped, even though he screamed, was massaging the breast until I was expressing milk, THEN latching him on so it was more about instantaneous gratification (like getting the bottle). Really warm compresses and massaging the aerola area until it wrinkled helped express the milk quicker. good luck!

Baker - that sounds normal. DS1 has a dairy allergy and it was green mucousy diapers. It looked like the stuff that blew out of your nose, but in his diaper instead. Yellow is good!

DS2 is 6 days old and is a quick nurser. He's on the breast 5, 10 minutes tops and is done (and usually only on one side). I'm not concerned about weight gain, as he'd regained his birth weight by monday (he was born last thursday), but OMG the engorgement pain from the other side is about killing me. Besides cabbage leaves and hand expressing, what else can I do?!
post #44 of 55
Yea! My plugged ducts are gone.

Now I'm trying to figure something else out. Ivy will root and suck on her hands like she wants to nurse but when I give her my nipple she will just hold it in her mouth and not suck. She still nurses plenty other times. I'm just not sure what this is about.
I'm a third time mom and LLL leader but I still get stumped sometimes!
post #45 of 55
Joining this crew finally! I am REALLY REALLY hoping to make this breastfeeding relationship work after a near starving disaster with my DD. I am going to be monitoring much more closely this time around, but Ethan seems to get latching and staying on much better than his sister. She was a distracted nurser and I could never get her to eat for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, no matter WHAT I tried. Ethan on the other hand seems content to stay on for a long time, just relaxing and eating. YEAH!

He is having some spit up issues and back arching though. I am making an appt with the chiropractor ASAP to get him adjusted and hope that helps. I am trying to burp him more often now, but he is at his day 2 sleepies, so he isn't nursing as vigorously, but he will come out of that. He is still tired from a long, intense labor..but all in all, we are doing good so far! :
post #46 of 55
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He is having some spit up issues and back arching though. I am making an appt with the chiropractor ASAP to get him adjusted and hope that helps. I am trying to burp him more often now, but he is at his day 2 sleepies, so he isn't nursing as vigorously, but he will come out of that. He is still tired from a long, intense labor..but all in all, we are doing good so far! :
so funny you mention this, but we are having the same problems... I know my baby had to be turned a bit during delivery and my MW told me to have him checked by my chiro. I'll take him Friday.
post #47 of 55

going great

Gannon was born 8/11/08 at 11:11 pm (9.2 lbs, 22 in long and 1 week overdue) a wonderful birth at a birth center here in Anchorage.

He latched right on after he was born and has been nursing ever since. My milk came in yesterday afternoon (quick!). I had to pump most of Monday to get my labor going because it kept stalling out and I didn't want to have to go the the hospital (my water broke early monday AM and I was GSB +) so I'm thinking that might have helped my milk come in so quickly - I was getting a lot of colostrum Monday.

I wish you all the best with nursing your babies.
post #48 of 55
Hi everyone, I posted this as a separate thread and then saw this one...

I've been reading Monique's postpartum threads to see if anyone has encountered this issue (by the way, Congrats to Monique on getting K. to stay on the b! That is great and must be a relief to you).

I was wondering if anyone else here is having issues with spit up with their newborn.

My sweet boy is a mellow fellow who has been beyond easy (from what I hear from friends, he is my first). His only "issue" is that he spits up A LOT. Thankfully it does not cause him pain and seems to just be spit up--not reflux or projectile vomiting. However, I just feel awful when he loses all that milk ( I know that it looks like a lot more than it is...but still)and gets his neck "washed" in milk...And I'm not going to lie, it would be nice not to have to change his clothes so often!!!

I have tried going to one-breast feeding and I think it's helping, but I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this. I also have put his bassinett at an angle, use the bounce chair A LOT to keep him upright, and try to hold him upright after feeding at least 10 minutes before putting him in either the bounce seat, or in the angled bassinett... The biggest spit up issues seem to happen after his first morning feeding (the one right before we "get up for the day"), so I'm wondering if it has to do with moving him around, changing after this feeding. I don't think it's that the milk is too fast or full, bc as the day goes on the spit up lessens...and the time btw feedings is pretty even thru.out the day---I'm feeding on demand, but he usually goes about 2.5-3 hours. Any advice is welcome!! Thanks in advance.

Glad everyone seems to be doing well.

R
post #49 of 55
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Hi everyone, I posted this as a separate thread and then saw this one...

My sweet boy is a mellow fellow who has been beyond easy (from what I hear from friends, he is my first). His only "issue" is that he spits up A LOT. Thankfully it does not cause him pain and seems to just be spit up--not reflux or projectile vomiting. However, I just feel awful when he loses all that milk ( I know that it looks like a lot more than it is...but still)and gets his neck "washed" in milk...And I'm not going to lie, it would be nice not to have to change his clothes so often!!!

I have tried going to one-breast feeding and I think it's helping, but I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this. I also have put his bassinett at an angle, use the bounce chair A LOT to keep him upright, and try to hold him upright after feeding at least 10 minutes before putting him in either the bounce seat, or in the angled bassinett... The biggest spit up issues seem to happen after his first morning feeding (the one right before we "get up for the day"), so I'm wondering if it has to do with moving him around, changing after this feeding. I don't think it's that the milk is too fast or full, bc as the day goes on the spit up lessens...and the time btw feedings is pretty even thru.out the day---I'm feeding on demand, but he usually goes about 2.5-3 hours. Any advice is welcome!! Thanks in advance.

Glad everyone seems to be doing well.

R
Hmm..do you have over active let down? It might be worse in the morning because your breasts are the fullest and he's gulping air as well as milk hence the spit up. Have you tried feeding him at an incline, or in different positions to see if it helps? Also, are you burping him a lot? That might help with the spit up issue as well. Those are my thoughts, hope you find a solution soon!
post #50 of 55
dd actually spits up more if she's moved upright after eating.


I've got the same issue this time as last time and that's oversupply. I know it may not seem like a problem for those dealing with low supply. Luckily I have a plan to help me deal with it. Oversupply can cause me a lot of pain because my breasts, especially the right one, become over full and it feels like engorgement all over again. Each night I pump off about 4oz in less than 5 minutes from the right one. My plan is to keep some in the freezer for dd "just in case" and donate the rest. I was able to give my milk to a friend's dd last time and it was so appreciated. I'm glad this drippy, painful problem can help another baby at least!
post #51 of 55
No milk yet at just under 48 hours - come on milk! Latch is great and strong once I get her on. She seems pretty happy still, but I'm eager to get her some fat on!

She's spitty, too, but the ped. at the hosp. didn't seem too concerned. She'll see her ped. tomorrow for a wt. check. My 2nd spit up a LOT, too.
post #52 of 55
I have another blocked duct, now on the right side. What the hell?

I was trying to feed every two hours but Jack's not having that. He eats every three which is fine with me. I woke up only once last night and didn't have to fight him to eat. I fed at midnight, 3AM, got up at 6:30 and stayed up. yay
post #53 of 55
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I have another blocked duct, now on the right side. What the hell?
try varying the positions you hold him while nursing to properly drain all ducts.
post #54 of 55
[QUOTE=not now;11966635 I fed at midnight, 3AM, got up at 6:30 and stayed up. yay[/QUOTE]

Jack and Kendall must be on the same schedule because those are the times I'm up too. Like Megan, kendall will root and try to eat his hand, but once I put the nipple in his mouth, he sucks or chews on it and spits it out. I'm sticking it out.

Alathia, I've tried the pumping and expressing the milk but he still doesn't want it. I'm going to keep trying though. Tomorrow is another day.
post #55 of 55
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Yea! My plugged ducts are gone.

Now I'm trying to figure something else out. Ivy will root and suck on her hands like she wants to nurse but when I give her my nipple she will just hold it in her mouth and not suck. She still nurses plenty other times. I'm just not sure what this is about.
I'm a third time mom and LLL leader but I still get stumped sometimes!
Not sure if anyone responded to this yet, but Seraphim has done this a few times. I believe it is all about being close... After having Seraphim the placenta was taking time to detach completely and hubby thought I was bleeding too much (it had been an hour and tried massaging and some breastfeeding, she latched right away but I was unable to move into a comfy position and handed her off to my mom against little Seraphim's wishes) and the paramedics were called, while getting me to sit on the chair to be taken down the steps it detached. I felt great but they insisted on taking me anyways. Anyways I was gone for about 3 hours and when I came home she fussed and was put to the breast and she just wanted to look at me. She did this the rest of the day (must've gotten filled up just before popping out ) Two days later I began to feel very out of sorts and was taken my paramedics to the hospital again found out I was anemic and my levels were 8.8... again I was away from her for about 3 or 4 hours and even though she was filled with formula when I got home, hearing my voice she got fussy again and once at the breast just watched me.
She knows she should be next to me and cuddled with me at the breast and I think sometimes she just longs to be close...
Anyways that's what I think (she hasn't done this since I've been strictly breastfeeding the past couple days).
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