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#1 of 18 Old 07-25-2014, 07:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Henry Cullen

Henry made his way into the world today with a perfectly shaped noggin at 7lbs 3 oz. I'm in love with the little breech baby. He's comforted when his body is in the L shape.

He latched on right away in the am, but since then hasn't been quite as cooperative. The nurse I had all day didn't seem too concerned but the new nurse on duty is a bit pushy and fed him some formula...not the end of the world, but kind of annoyed. She made it seem like his blood sugar would be low but then told me that c section babies have amniotic fluid in their tummies making them typically less hungry.

Already been up and going which they seem surprised by. Eaten a bunch. They're really pushing pain medicine. I want to leave tomorrow, we'll see.
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Welcome Henry! Mama, you are a rockstar! Make sure you rest!
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So good to hear - you sound happy I can't believe they gave him formula! But you're very right, not the end of the world. You'll get out of there and things will be a whole lot smoother. I love his name!

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Yay! Happy that you and Henry are both doing well. Congratulations!
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congrats! glad he is here and you are all well! i was surprised how pushy they were about formula at the 'baby friendly' hospital i was at, too. just don't let them convince you your milk isnt enough. it takes a little while to come in, and he doesnt really need food until it does--more that you need him to latch on so your body knows to start production. I hope you get to go home soon and enjoy your first days bonding with little Henry!

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Prettyisa- did you end up using any formula at the hospital?
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They had some when we went in a couple days later for jaundice, we had to do it at home. I just stopped as soon as possible

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And so are the boys!
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Congratulations, farmes! I second what prettyisa says -- formula isn't the end of the world, but do latch him on frequently so that your milk gets the message. How is he doing now? Still at hospital?
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Congrats and welcome Henry! Our little guy had low blood sugar too and they kept telling me I would need to give him formula if it didn't go up. I had a lot of colostrum though and since he was too sleepy to nurse very well I hand expressed it and gave it to him with a spoon. It sounds like you are recovering well and hopefully are headed home soon, if not already. A little formula isn't a big deal at all, I hope he was woken up a bit and is latching on and nursing better.
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Oh, congrats! I'm so happy baby made it here safely ad that you are recovering well. The hand expressing and spoon feeding like redrockband mentioned work well for us too! It gave my little one the a boost to wake up and feed better. I hope you are able to head home soon and settle in. Feeding may fall into place much easier once there.
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With Clementine I had to pump and finger feed for a week or two while she learned to latch better (she wouldn't open her mouth enough, initially, and had jaundice). Breastfeeding seems like it should come easily, but that isn't always the case! Just know there are lots of resources for you and you both will get the hang of it in no time. Thinking of you!
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Thanks, everyone. We've all been home since Saturday night. It's been great being at home. Husband and I have been double teaming feedings by getting Henry to latch to my breasts then using a special syringe/straw to supplement with formula to keep his his sugars up until milk comes in. Today I've started only finger feeding as my nipples need a break; have some blistering going on which is super painful. Thought he'd been latching pretty well, but will be going in for the newborn check tomorrow and will hopefully get some more tips. He's not directly on the nipple so I don't think that's the issue, but he does have a crazy strong suckle, the little barracuda! Been pumping every two hours as breasts are engorged! I read breastfeeding would be challenging, and challenged I am. I didn't know my breasts would hurt more than my C-section, which has been bothering me way less than I'd ever envisioned. Other than getting up and being careful not to laugh too hard, pain is minimal.

Redrock- How are you feeling a month or so after surgery?
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Congratulations to your Henry Cullen! What a cute little fella!

Breastfeeding can be very challenging at the beginning. I remember it took us about 6 weeks to get all issues taken care of and be nipple pain-free. The 2nd was faster and now with No. 3, the first 2 weeks were tough and now all is good. So hang in there, make sure he latches on correctly. If you are unsure about it then make sure you get help from your midwife, LLL or whoever is active in your area.

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congrats farmes, so glad you finally have your little guy. love the name! will you call him hank? i love that nickname for some reason. I hope the nursing gets easier for you soon. it sounds like you and your dh are a good team though and are getting through it...and getting the help and advice you need. you will soon get through to the other side, just keep up what you are doing. You all look so happy! and I love seeing the little chickens in their big car seats! just love him up, rest up, and savor every moment...it all flies by so quickly.

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Congratulations! Hoping your breastfeeding relationship works itself out soon.
Welcome, little Henry!
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Congratulations :-)
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farmes: I would say by 3 1/2-4 weeks I was feeling pretty much 100% recovered from the surgery. I still get random pain occasionally, but otherwise feel great. I get worried about lifting heavy things but I'm sure it would be fine. How are you feeling? The first 2 weeks were the hardest for me.

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Min- thanks for the encouragement; things are coming along. We're getting to know one another and I suppose that's what it takes.

Turtle- I agreed to the name Henry as long as my husband promised not to call him Hank, haha. Unless he becomes a a baseball player.

Redrock- I'm at 10 days and feel great. I've been going on walks, and lifting things, doing housework, etc. I know I'm not supposed to be lifting (light items) but it doesn't hurt- if it did, I wouldn't push it...I want to ask doc if I can start up yoga again (carefully and within reason).
What pain are you still feeling?
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