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03-18-2010 09:14 PM
NicoleS Oh cool then. Our church is doing a blood drive in June, I'll be able to donate then. I've wanted to since I found out I'm O+, but with the restriction I was misinformed on thought I couldn't.
03-18-2010 03:07 PM
hapersmion Heh, no, I wouldn't have been able to donate at all for the past four years if you had to wait until they were weaned! You do have to be extra sure to get enough fluids when you're breastfeeding, but I started giving blood again when DS1 was two months old, and never had trouble with my supply. I just drank even more than usual. If you have supply problems, of course, you might want to wait.

American Red Cross guidelines just call for waiting 6 weeks after pregnancy, regardless of breastfeeding. In Canada they say 6 months, in Australia it's apparently 9 months, and they do want you to wait until the baby is getting most of their calories from other foods.
03-17-2010 11:55 PM
Nicole730
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I meant for donating blood. I don't produce enough to donate breastmilk.
Ahh, yeah I see that now.
03-17-2010 10:35 PM
NicoleS
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Maybe it depends on where you donate. A friend of mine donated tons of breast milk to the hospital while her son was in the NICU.
I meant for donating blood. I don't produce enough to donate breastmilk.
03-17-2010 10:25 PM
Nicole730
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When I asked at the hospital when DD2 was little they told me that baby had to be WEANED at least 6 weeks?
Maybe it depends on where you donate. A friend of mine donated tons of breast milk to the hospital while her son was in the NICU.
03-17-2010 10:23 PM
NicoleS
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Originally Posted by hapersmion View Post
We were planning the same, but when the midwife looked at the complicated instructions for collection she didn't want to try. *sigh* In her defense, she was still pretty sick and feverish and just wanted to get home, but it was sad that it didn't get done.

I plan to make up for it by giving blood even more. You only have to wait six weeks postpartum! Thinking about milk donation, too, once the baby is a little older and I feel like my milk supply has stabilized.
When I asked at the hospital when DD2 was little they told me that baby had to be WEANED at least 6 weeks?
03-17-2010 03:31 PM
hapersmion
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So what is it in the placenta that supposedly does all this? The extra iron? The hormones? (Just curious, because I'm not having any of the symptoms y'all are describing when you don't take your pills so I guess I'm doing ok)

I'm a bit bummed. I was going to donate the cord blood like I did with my other kids, but they don't have anyone there to collect it on Friday evenings so it just went to waste.
We were planning the same, but when the midwife looked at the complicated instructions for collection she didn't want to try. *sigh* In her defense, she was still pretty sick and feverish and just wanted to get home, but it was sad that it didn't get done.

I plan to make up for it by giving blood even more. You only have to wait six weeks postpartum! Thinking about milk donation, too, once the baby is a little older and I feel like my milk supply has stabilized.
03-15-2010 10:10 AM
NicoleS
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Wow, that is really fortunate to not experience any "problems" post partum. Good for you!

I think the extra iron helps with the tiredness for sure, and probably helps with keeping a person feeling mentally aware. I'm guessing the hormones in it help with milk supply and stopping the bleeding sooner. Also with the baby blues and PPD.
My milk did take about 48 hours to come in - they said that was pretty normal when you have a c/s though. He never dropped down far enough in weight for anyone to worry. Only complaint was that I had spotting forever - I only had bleeding for maybe a week PP, and even that wasn't super heavy, but I had spotting for 5 weeks...I've never had an issue so far with PPD. And oddly I didn't get the baby blues this time around, and I'm not sure why. That's why I was asking if it was an iron thing or something else...
03-14-2010 10:08 PM
Nicole730
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Originally Posted by NicoleS View Post
So what is it in the placenta that supposedly does all this? The extra iron? The hormones? (Just curious, because I'm not having any of the symptoms y'all are describing when you don't take your pills so I guess I'm doing ok)
Wow, that is really fortunate to not experience any "problems" post partum. Good for you!

I think the extra iron helps with the tiredness for sure, and probably helps with keeping a person feeling mentally aware. I'm guessing the hormones in it help with milk supply and stopping the bleeding sooner. Also with the baby blues and PPD.
03-14-2010 05:20 PM
Ninetales I didn't get to ingest mine. My fluid was yellow, indicating that she'd passed meconium at some point back, so they took it to the pathology lab. They would have let me have it after they were done, but I wouldn't have been able to eat it after they messed with it so I just let them throw it away.
03-14-2010 04:58 PM
itsajenism
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I wish I had a food dehydrator, b/c the frozen pieces really gross me out.
Can you get empty capsules? Maybe putting the frozen pieces in a capsule would help?
03-14-2010 04:56 PM
itsajenism
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Anyone know if you have to wean your self off or just stop cold turkey? Just counted, I have 41 left.

One of my midwives, who encapsulated mine, said it's best to wean off of them if you take them in pill form. You'll be less likely to have a dramatic change in hormones.
03-14-2010 01:50 PM
aramat I had a raw bite the day after Juju was born; made a smoothie some weeks later but couldn't drink it; have swallowed some frozen pieces here and there but haven't noticed a difference.

My first two weeks postpartum were great; lots of energy and minimal crying and good milk supply, but i was walking back and forth to the hospital to see Juju then -- once I stopped that exercise, PPD set in. And at 5 weeks, my milk supply dropped (still don't know why yet).

I wish I had a food dehydrator, b/c the frozen pieces really gross me out.
03-14-2010 01:23 PM
northerngirl I had mine encapsulated by dh and a friend. I only ended up with 90 some caps. I thought it would be more than that. I have been taking them 3x a day 2 caps morn, 2 caps lunch, 1 cap dinner. I found that the very first time I took 2 I was slightly wired feeling and could not sleep. So I've been taking the 1 cap with dinner. Now that it has been almost 2 weeks I don't feel like I should cut back. I feel good, when I get enough sleep. Bleeding is pretty much gone. Emotions are fine, but I could see them going south. I am at a much better place pp now then I was with dd. Anyone know if you have to wean your self off or just stop cold turkey? Just counted, I have 41 left.
03-13-2010 04:09 PM
NicoleS So what is it in the placenta that supposedly does all this? The extra iron? The hormones? (Just curious, because I'm not having any of the symptoms y'all are describing when you don't take your pills so I guess I'm doing ok)

I'm a bit bummed. I was going to donate the cord blood like I did with my other kids, but they don't have anyone there to collect it on Friday evenings so it just went to waste.
03-13-2010 12:47 PM
itsajenism I had mine dried and encapsulated and started taking it on day 2.
I started out with taking 6 a day (2 x 3) for about a week and a half, then 3 a day (1 x 3) for about another week, and then cut down to one in the morning.
I haven't taken any for the past few days and am starting to feel the difference.

There was also two days in there where I missed taking them and could definitely tell (especially by the second day) how much of a difference taking it makes.

- I have massive over supply which is causing over active letdown. (I have yet to find a pump I will respond to so I'm trying to regulate it which is a pain in the ass). If I get a 4 hour stretch of sleep at night, I will wake up with my shirt soaking wet with breastmilk.
Baby never had jaundice and was up 2 pounds from his birth weight at 2 weeks PP.

- By day 2, before I started taking them, I could already go 12+ hours without changing my pad. Once I started taking them, I was pretty much only spotting. By week 2 I was done, minus seeing brown blood (a small streak) when I wipe really randomly.

- No baby blues or PPD.

- Energy!! I had to keep being reminded that I *just* had a baby and should rest.

- At my 4 week check-up two days ago, my midwives asked if I was sure I had a baby because of how quickly I've bounced back. My uterus is already back to normal and I don't feel like it's only been 4 weeks.



When I missed taking them for 2 days in a row early on, I felt much more tired and my emotions were all over the place.

Now that I've stopped taking them, I'm starting to feel a little more tired again and while I'm not overly emotional, I don't feel as "evened out" as I did while taking them and can tell it's getting a little worse every day (although, there are some other things compounding that).
I'm going to start taking one a day again.
03-12-2010 11:27 PM
Lillypop I ate mine in a smoothie right after it was out. DP hacked at it with our kitchen shears and blended it up (he used about 1/3 - 1/2 of the placenta, made 3 glasses of smoothie which I chugged). Tasted good (soy yogurt, frozen strawberries, orange juice, and the placenta).

I felt and still feel wonderful. After the first day or so the bleeding was minimal ... never a whole pad in even 6 hours. Bleeding stopped completely at about 3 weeks post partum. Mentally I am very clear and no crying jags or depression or feeling like I'm hormonally imbalanced or out of whack. My milk came in strong about a day and a half after the birth. I had oversupply with DS, and make tons of milk this time around, too (enough to feed my voracious 22 month old, the newborn, and I pump about 8-12 oz. on the days the 22 month old goes with his dad).

With DS's placenta, we kept it after his birth and when he was a year old we buried it in a big pot under a cherry tree sapling. My mom has it in her sunroom, and someday we'll transplant it into the yard.
03-12-2010 07:21 PM
TexasMum I ate it. It didn't seem to do anything. I'm just proud of myself for actually going through with it. I did the smoothie route. I still have a little left in my freezer. I want to bury it and have a plant or something on top that I can dig up and put in a pot to take with us when we get stationed. Anyone have any experience with burying their placenta or making a birth tree or whatever?
03-12-2010 03:13 PM
Nicole730 How did everything go with eating the placenta? What did you do? How do you feel?

I had some in a smoothie on the day she was born and the next day. Since then I've been taking 6 pills a day, but I'm going to cut down to 4 a day now that Elsa is a week old.

-My milk came in the day after she was born!
-I haven't had any baby blues - or urge to cry over anything
-Bleeding was down to a regular size pad lasting a whole 24 hours at 4 days post partum (I don't remember how long I bled a lot with DS, so I don't know if this is placenta related)
-I haven't had any "brain fog", like I had with DS for weeks
-I haven't been that tired...just normal tired - not like exhausted tired

What did your placenta do for you?
10-31-2009 09:41 AM
leila1213 I usually put avocados, greens and probiotics in my smoothies (along with bananas and strawberries), so the placenta color might actually make it look MORE appetizing.
10-31-2009 12:24 AM
boigrrrlwonder I'm going the smoothie route!
10-29-2009 01:11 PM
123 I did the placenta smoothie with my last one and made my sister's into smoothies when she had her son in May. I couldn't taste any difference and she said she couldn't either. I plan to do the smoothie thing again this time, it definitely helped last time.
10-29-2009 09:12 AM
Mommy2Austin Other than a slightly metallic taste, my placenta smoothies tasted just like a regular smoothie. I usually made a berry smoothie (strawberries, blueberries, etc) and it covered the color
10-28-2009 05:26 PM
itsajenism
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I'd like to do something more useful with my placenta this time around, but I haven't figured out how to get it out of the hospital yet.
I posted some information about this on the first page, along with some links.

You would have to check with your hospitals policies and/or sign a waiver to have it released to you.
10-28-2009 05:21 PM
MommaSomeday I talked to Garrin about it last night, and he (predictably) freaked and grossed out. I knew he wouldn't be able to wrap his mind around the idea. he agrees with my that encapsulation would be okay, as long as someone else does it. He couldn't handle the idea of touching it or anything, and asked em to stop talking about it.

Come to think of it, he's probably never seen one - he was already gone when I birthed Gideon's placenta. Poor guy.
10-28-2009 05:20 PM
Lauren31 Does anyone know if this is common in Europe??? I wish I could ask my doctor this without being utterly confused... I asked him WHERE the placenta was located on the ultrasound and he looked at me and smiled like, quiet you. I am not sure he understood what I was even saying. I wish I spoke German...
10-28-2009 04:18 PM
buckeye_bebe I'd like to do something more useful with my placenta this time around, but I haven't figured out how to get it out of the hospital yet.
10-28-2009 03:51 PM
Rikki Jean
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I've read repeatedly that there is no "placenta taste" in smoothies made primarily with frozen [red?] fruit.
hm, interesting...i guess i just assumed that it would taste gross!



i forgot to say that i want to do placenta prints. we did them with ds1, but it was with a stamp pad, and they look kinda cheesy. i love the one here: http://miracletome.blogspot.com/2009...ta-prints.html my friend who is a mw says that you can still encapsulate if you do prints, but i'll have to ask the encapsulation lady when i talk to her.
10-28-2009 03:40 PM
aramat
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Does anyone have any experience with placenta smoothies? Is there any way to make it taste...not like a placenta?
I've read repeatedly that there is no "placenta taste" in smoothies made primarily with frozen [red?] fruit.
10-28-2009 03:34 PM
hippie_mommy The prices vary so dramatically. We don't live in a particularly inexpensive part of the country, but the going rate for encapsulation by a midwife or apprentice is only about $65. Almost all of the apprentices here do it as a side source of income.
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