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#31 of 51 Old 06-21-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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DD sometimes loses the nipple too. Sometimes it takes her a few tries.

I agree Tanya, the noise thing hurts. The smacking sound. When she does that I try to get her to relatch.

I love ring slings too, and I just put DD in mine for the first time yesterday. It is really big and I thought it would swallow her, but it didn't! I have been using a wrap mostly, which she LOVES and instantly falls asleep in. But I have a really hard time nursing in it. I can't get her low enough.

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hi june mamas~!!!

i'm a may DDC mama, but i went two weeks over and ended up a june mama instead so i have been lerking here because it seems more in line with where i am right now compared to the may mamas. hope you'll welcome me here....

we had an amazing birth in the pool at home on june 7th at 1:27pm! all is well here, he sleeps ALLOT...and nurses the rest of the time. went through allot of feling like i am not enough for him in the milk dept, which i delt with dd and this one seems to be doing the same. nurseing all day long between naps, if i take him off even after hours he will root around like crazy and then begin to cry..... i hate it!!! not sure why it is, he is poopind three or fours times a day and tons of pee diapers, gaining slowly, infact i need to weigh him again to see but it is not so fast, although he never lost from birth....well....not really able to tell sice we weighed him on a different scale. anyway... that is my rant.....thanks for listening ladies\!!!

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Hey Mamas!
Its been awhile. I'm so happy to check back and see that so many of you have had your babies!!! Since I was one of the first to go (May 25th) I thought I would wait a few weeks before starting to go on and on about how amazing my baby is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linnea really is SO, SO, beautiful and perfect. She is four weeks old today and doing just fine. She's nursing great, although I have some overactive letdown issues so I have to be careful to help her not drown/choke/sputter. She has had some pretty bad gas issues but I cut out dairy and that is really helping. For a couple weeks she was crying a LOT, like 6 hours a day or more, but now that I stopped eating dairy (and beef) she has relaxed SO much more.
We've given her several baths and finally she is starting to really like them and realize how relaxing they can be. So that's good.

As for me... I'm feeling much much better. I had some nasty tears, on account of pushing her out in like 4 pushes, but they are pretty well healed at this point. My bleeding finally started to subside a couple days ago. I'm feeling better physically too. The first week I had some serious baby blues and was crying every day and feeling overwhelmed beyond belief. Luckily on day 7 or 8 the depression just lifted and I started feeling much, much better. Fortunately by that time I had already convinced DP to take another week off from work (originally he was only taking ONE!) so we had a nice week together becoming a family. It's been lovely....

Anyway i'm looking forward to continuing our DDC as a forum for discussing our babies!!!!
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We're doing pretty well here also. Fiona is 2 weeks 1 day and is a pretty easy baby. She sleeps well at night and takes a few good naps a day. For her wake periods she's usually content to sit in the bouncy seat for a little while if I need her to, which makes everything so much easier. It's just too hot in the house to wear her while I try to take care of my older kids and the house.

After losing too much weight, she's now gaining quite nicely. Once again, I'm dealing with excessively low supply, so she gets most of what she needs through the Lact-Aid. I was determined to wait a few weeks before introducing a bottle, but I was feeling really trapped.. between the Lact-Aid and me being overweight and only able to nurse using the football hold, it's impossible for me to nurse discreetly. So I bought a few bottles on Friday and she's had two so far. I've vowed to only use them while we're out in public, though.. I know it's a slippery slope.

Last week was my first week home by myself, and it went okay. My mom was supposed to take a bunch of time off and help me with cooking, laundry, etc, but didn't. Hmph. So I ended up doing too much and started bleeding more than I had been, although my 'too much' still wasn't enough to keep the house clean. I had a talk with my husband and after both of us working to get the house clean this weekend, he's going to try to do more to help me maintain at least the kitchen and the toy clutter.

My almost-three year old hasn't really had any trouble adjusting, but my 4.5 year old has. It's mainly some rudeness and limit-testing that started a few months ago, but has really taken off in the last two weeks. I feel badly for him, but my patience has been at an all time low, so we're struggling with that a bit. I'm trying to make time for us to spend alone together, but it's hard.

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DD sometimes loses the nipple too. Sometimes it takes her a few tries.

I agree Tanya, the noise thing hurts. The smacking sound. When she does that I try to get her to relatch.

I love ring slings too, and I just put DD in mine for the first time yesterday. It is really big and I thought it would swallow her, but it didn't! I have been using a wrap mostly, which she LOVES and instantly falls asleep in. But I have a really hard time nursing in it. I can't get her low enough.
The smacking/clicking sound I just found out is a sign of a tongue-tied baby. She's not severely tongue-tied (as far as we can tell), but she can't stick her tongue out past her lips (just to her lips). So, when she's nursing, you can't see her tongue under the breast. Now, normally this is a problem as baby won't get enough milk and won't gain enough - this is definitely NOT a problem for my nearly 11# baby! But, it could be contributing to her wanting to nurse all of the time. We're seeing our ped and my MW this week - hopefully they'll be able to help!

I rarely use my wraps when I know baby's going to want to nurse a lot. While you can definitely tie baby so that baby's lower on your baby (making it easier to nurse), this is really bad on your back. IMO, a ring-sling (padded especially) is always best for babies who want to nurse constantly.
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this one seems to be doing the same. nurseing all day long between naps, if i take him off even after hours he will root around like crazy and then begin to cry..... i hate it!!! not sure why it is, he is poopind three or fours times a day and tons of pee diapers, gaining slowly, infact i need to weigh him again to see but it is not so fast, although he never lost from birth....well....not really able to tell sice we weighed him on a different scale.
Welcome!

A baby wanting to suck all of the time does not necessarily mean baby's hungry. It's called "using mom as a pacifier"! LOL! Some babies simply need to suck all of the time. I guess you could say I've been blessed with several of these babies!! We've started trying to use a nuk/pacifier this past week and it's helping some (when she'll take it). It at least gives dh somewhat of an opportunity to comfort her (works well in the car, too) and my sore breasts a break (at least for 5 minutes, enough time to wolf down a meal or pee).

So, if baby is wetting/pooping/gaining weight, yet still wants to nurse a lot, this is okay. What you want to do about it is up to you. Most professionals will say don't introduce any sort of artificial nipple for at least 6-8 weeks, but if you're confident you can notice the signs of nipple confusion (meaning you have to stop the artificial nipple ASAP), then you might consider it.

Some people really hate the ideas of pacifiers, but our rule has always been that baby has to be held if they have one. It's not used as a replacement to loving arms. The only exception is use in the car.

Good luck!
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We've given her several baths and finally she is starting to really like them and realize how relaxing they can be. So that's good.
Juniper LOVES the shower!! I wasn't able to shower with her as early as I did with my others, but we've taken two showers this week and she loves it. She's so totally calm and peaceful and awake. It's been wonderful. She loves the sound of running water, though - it's sometimes the only way we can calm her down (we ran it pretty much full-time the 2 nights we were in the hospital - I figure, they made us stay there, we could run up the water bill).
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Llewellyn will be a week old tomorrow. I can't believe how time flies. The last couple days have been kind of hard, mainly because the older kids are getting restless that mom is still not her active self and dh is getting drained (although not complaining) but he has rhuematoid arthritis and a week of intensity and taking care of everything (and he has done an awesome job!) is wearing on him. He goes back to work tomorrow but my mom will be able to swing by some and help out. The midwives wanted me to wait atleast a week before coming off bedrest but that just seems impossible. I've been getting a little bluesy so I did finally come down today and sit outside and it really helped. I also took time this weekend to actually take naps. We've been having so many visitors that I really haven't had much just sleeping time. Otherwise I feel tired but not too sore anymore.
Llwellyn is doing great. Nursing like a champ. Nighttime I wake him up about every 3-4 hours because my boobs get so engorged and uncomfortable. My other ds and dd are totally in love with the baby and don't want to leave his side although the 3 year old has been acting out in other ways. Lots of throwing things and yelling at dh, big ds and I. Hopefully this will stop once we get back in our normal routine.
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It's so great to hear how everyone is doing! It has been hard to get on the computer and type anything. Levi is doing great! I can't believe he's a little over 2 weeks old now!? Time really has flown. I still have a little bit of bleeding, but at least I am not so crampy - I had really bad afterpains with him, don't remember them at all with DD. Nursing is going great - he nurses A LOT when he is awake - it seems like he wants to nurse practically the whole time (a few hours with teeny breaks). Then he sleeps for a few hours. My left side is a bit sore, but getting better - I think it is sore from a bad latch the first day that caused some irritation.

How often do you wear your LO in a sling??? I'm dissapointed that he doesn't like to be in a sling more - but he seems to rest better if I put him down. (I have a little boppy bouncy). Also, he seems to like daddy slinging him better than me? He wants milk when he is with me and I have NO IDEA how to nurse him while in the sling - unless we are sitting down and I rearange him quite a bit... I have a pouch and a wrap sling - any advice?

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How often do you wear your LO in a sling??? I'm dissapointed that he doesn't like to be in a sling more - but he seems to rest better if I put him down. (I have a little boppy bouncy). Also, he seems to like daddy slinging him better than me? He wants milk when he is with me and I have NO IDEA how to nurse him while in the sling - unless we are sitting down and I rearange him quite a bit... I have a pouch and a wrap sling - any advice?
What pouch and what wrap do you have? You'll have more luck with the pouch than with the wrap for nursing. My recommendation is to put baby in the upright tummy to tummy position (sit down throughout this), you'll nurse on the breast opposite of the shoulder you're wearing the pouch on. Easiest to do if you have a wrap shirt or shirt you can get access from the top (this will keep your tummy covered and you don't have to bother with pulling a shirt up).

This tends to work best with people who have shorter torsos as it's easier for baby to reach your breast. Once baby's in the TtT position, jump up and down a bit to get baby to sink far down into the pouch, head at breast level, in the crook of your arm. Tilt your breast up to reach baby's mouth. Once baby's latched on and nursing well, then you can get up and go.

I'm all for babywearing, but I do wish my baby would sleep in bed during the day. She absolutely will not, not for more than 5 minutes. But, if we wear her, she'll nap for 2-3 hours at a time. I keep trying the bed, but unless she has my breast as a pillow, it won't work! She also loves the sling with dh, but doesn't mind me wearing her, although I do usually nurse her.

LMK if you have any other questions, I can probably help!
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I still can't feel when I have to pee. Anyone else? Prolapsed bladder possibly?

Baby still has no name It's so hard with her. She has gained 11 ounces in two weeks, though. So I'm happy about that.

She sleeps from 1am to 10am and wakes up once around 6 for a feed,.... So, I'm happy about that too!!!

I'm tired ALL the time though. I've been taking naps and she's obviusly sleeping good and I just can't figure out why I'm so tired!

Anyways, how is everyone else?
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I can't feel when I have to pee either....can't pee, can't poop and my pelvis still hurts.
Bebe is good though. I have lots of milk and he is an awesome nurser. He was 7"5 last Tuesday and 8"1 this Tuesday. 12 oz in one week!
We are co sleeping which is working ok for now....I would really like to get him into the side carred crib. For now, he will sleep on his own during the day, but come night he wants to sleep with his head on my boob.

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one week today:
Wow that was a super fast week. . .did I mention I wasn't preggo o it feels soooooo gooooood!
Anyway June is amazing. I'm so in love with her, I love newborns! I love my children it's the best so much worrying and whining the whole pregnancy for pure bliss We are eatting good, pooping good, sleep well who needs that
Just trying to pace myself because I feel so good I tend to do to much. Looking for a side sleeping arrangment co-sleeping for now!

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We're on day 5 today and things are going great. My milk was in a mere 36 hours after I had Claire! Her weight was up to 8#2 at her 2-day weigh-in (from a low of 8#1.5 oz at 1 day) - pretty impressive!! I think she's going to be a nice chubby baby.

Still working out the sleeping arrangements - she wants nothing to do with our co-sleeper but is happy to sleep on our bed - even not touching me. I think maybe she just likes the softer mattress? Going to try putting a softer blanket on top of the co-sleeper mattress to see whether that makes her a little happier.

Every day her schedule gets a little more regular. I think she's been having some trouble latching on my left side (my son never liked that side either) but once I switched her to a football hold she drained it a lot better and so she's been eating larger and less frequent meals now. Sometimes 3-4 hours at a pop!!

It's amazing - she just seems like a much more robust baby than James ever did. It's probably partly that she's 1 lb bigger and 2 weeks later at birth, partly that she was born vaginally (!!!!!) so her lungs aren't full of crud, and partly that I know what I'm doing. Makes a huge difference.

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Still working out the sleeping arrangements - she wants nothing to do with our co-sleeper but is happy to sleep on our bed - even not touching me. I think maybe she just likes the softer mattress? Going to try putting a softer blanket on top of the co-sleeper mattress to see whether that makes her a little happier.
It is probably the smell. Try putting one of your shirts under her. DD likes our bed better too, but is fine in the side carred crib because it smells like me.

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I'm all for babywearing, but I do wish my baby would sleep in bed during the day. She absolutely will not, not for more than 5 minutes. But, if we wear her, she'll nap for 2-3 hours at a time. I keep trying the bed, but unless she has my breast as a pillow, it won't work! She also loves the sling with dh, but doesn't mind me wearing her, although I do usually nurse her.
Have you tried putting her on her belly? DD won't sleep more than 5 minutes on her back, but hours on her belly. Depends on your feelings of SIDS, but I don't really buy back-to-sleep.

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I still can't feel when I have to pee. Anyone else? Prolapsed bladder possibly?
I just in the last few days stopped peeing on myself. It was a big bummer, I'm glad its over.

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It is probably the smell. Try putting one of your shirts under her. DD likes our bed better too, but is fine in the side carred crib because it smells like me.
Wow I tried this last night and it worked like a charm - thanks Karen! Claire slept straight through in her co-sleeper until 2 AM when I woke her up to nurse because my boob was going to explode. Then slept straight through until I woke up in the morning.

I've *never* had a newborn sleep as well as she does (ok, so sample size is only n=1, but still... it's wonderful).

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Have you tried putting her on her belly? DD won't sleep more than 5 minutes on her back, but hours on her belly. Depends on your feelings of SIDS, but I don't really buy back-to-sleep.
Oh, yes, she will only sleep on her tummy for long periods! She's doing better. Had a 45 minute nap and a 2 hour nap in bed yesterday (granted the 2 hour one was with me, but still). Sleeping 3-4 hour chunks at night in bed.
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Thanks for the advice Kylaroo!
What pouch and what wrap do you have?
I have a moby wrap, hotsling pouch, and kk adjustable fleece pouch
I tried the tummy to tummy position and it worked!!! : I do wish there was an even more inconspicuous way - for when I'm out and about, also, if DS falls asleep TtT, is there an easy way to keep him in the sling (since his head is out?)

In general, things are going really well all around - It's so interesting to watch dd become a big sister! It makes me want to have more babies!
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I do wish there was an even more inconspicuous way - for when I'm out and about, also, if DS falls asleep TtT, is there an easy way to keep him in the sling (since his head is out?)
Well, once baby is done nursing and is asleep, I just center her head between my breasts and use the outer fabric of the pouch (the fabric coming down from my shoulder) to support the back of her head. Completely hands-free!
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