Emergency surgery and now I need help!!!! - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-06-2010, 03:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
jeliphish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,892
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Last week after some severe cramping, my gyn sent me to ER after WBC came back high. What they thought was appendecitis turned out to be a several hour surgery to remove a minorly ucky appendix in addition to several inches of small bowel that had a ruptured lesion. It is stll in pathology a week later. 5 days were spent on a morphine pump (set for every 10 minutes), an ng tube for 5 days, and no food for 5 days. Thank god for my bff who pumped and rounded up several other woman to pump, as they fed DD2 the entire week. I pumped and pumped and pumped in the hospital and was lucky to get 3 oz a day. I think my body was in shock and still is.
Now dd2 has never been the comfort nurser that dd1 was and she has depended much more on pumped milk while I am at work. She is still nursing the same but I am concerned for her when I go back to work next week. As wonderful as my friends are they can't keep pumping for me so I am stuck either doing formula (she has never had a drop) or whole milk. Physically, I cannot get milk in enough amts. I am eating a small diet and dealing with soft bland foods and if I don't I get sick. I am 15lbs down (whoohoo haha) but at an awful price.

So which? Whole milk or formula. She will of course still nurse at night and in the morn hopefully as long as dd1 did.

Tia!

Blessed with two BEAUTIFUL little girls: Kylie (09/06) and Maggie (4/09) :
jeliphish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-06-2010, 03:12 PM
 
dachshundqueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCal Dreaming
Posts: 2,038
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You haven't mentioned your regular work routines (how long are you away from the child, do you pump, is child brought to office, etc.) or your child's state of health.

Without that information, it would be difficult to make any suggestions.

Liz

Wife, and mother to a small fairy, a demolition expert, a special new someone this fall and a small dachshund.
dachshundqueen is offline  
Old 04-06-2010, 03:12 PM
ssh
 
ssh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,681
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
From your signature it looks like your DD is about a year old. I'd continue nursing her and then supplement with whole milk.
ssh is offline  
Old 04-06-2010, 03:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
jeliphish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,892
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I work 8 to 5:30 M-F, everyother Monday off. My mom and grandmother watch the girls. She eats about 2, 4oz bottles right before each naptime and she LOVES them. She is an extremely healthy child, had a cold or two and just had Roseola.






Quote:
Originally Posted by dachshundqueen View Post
You haven't mentioned your regular work routines (how long are you away from the child, do you pump, is child brought to office, etc.) or your child's state of health.

Without that information, it would be difficult to make any suggestions.

Liz

Blessed with two BEAUTIFUL little girls: Kylie (09/06) and Maggie (4/09) :
jeliphish is offline  
Old 04-06-2010, 03:56 PM
 
BetsyS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: world of craziness
Posts: 5,307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had surgery when my youngest was 9 months old (hospitalized for 5 days with pancreatitis, then gallbladder surgery). I had never pumped before, and my supply took a HUGE dive.

Add to this, my baby wasn't a huge comfort nurser, and he had always been on a routine (since birth) of just nursing after he woke up. That week, he dropped from 3 naps to 2. So, when I got home from the hospital, he wanted to nurse 4 times a day, plus once a night. Not enough.

I added back nursings before naps, as well as after. That upped us to nursing 6 times a day. I also added another night feeding (I woke him at 5am, to get one drowsy feed in). So, he was nursing 8 times in a 24 hour period. That was enough to get my supply back in about 10 days.

I did have to supplement a little bit during those 2 weeks, and I chose to use whole milk. Well, not much of a choice. My child refused to drink formula.
BetsyS is offline  
Old 04-06-2010, 05:08 PM
 
dachshundqueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCal Dreaming
Posts: 2,038
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When you are able, perhaps you could try eating a nice bowl of oatmeal a day. Watching for adequate water intake when you return to work is important too.
Supplementing your pumping with whole milk in the short term and nursing as often as possible at home seems like it could be your most viable option. If co-sleeping would work for your family, it might help to increase your hormone levels and the proximity might encourage your little one to nurse a little more.

Best wishes,

Liz

Wife, and mother to a small fairy, a demolition expert, a special new someone this fall and a small dachshund.
dachshundqueen is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off