You trusted your body and did the right thing, and that is what this is about. Congrats, Tiff!!
~Ayelet & Yoram
NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13
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Things are still going ok here, though I now suspect that Willow is very tongue tied, but its hard to tell as she just won't extend her tongue out (hence the suspicion) so I'm hoping the ped can tell us tomorrow. It would explain her difficulty with nursing. Whenever she sucks on my finger, or when she tries to latch, she looses suction as soon as she tries. Once she has the nipple a bit more stimulated or I put my finger in further, she's good to go. I know she's feeding well as she's had a ton of wet/poopie diapers so I'm not worried, but if she is tongue tied I think I'd go talk to the LC for suggestions on how to make things easier for her (besides tongue clipping). DD1 is tongue tied, but it wasn't much and now you can't even tell. Willow's tongue doesn't look like it could even touch her bottom gum.
I know this is off topic of baby but DH and I have been talking this week about the house going up for sale in a few days and we've decided that we're going to talk to our real estate agent about post poning for another 3 months to possibly next years tax return. The house is so close to being done, but now that Willow has finally arrived things are going to go so slow in getting done, esp the rest of painting. So we just want to see what she thinks would be best.
The kids are loving Willow, esp DS. Every time he sees her he comes over, hands out and says "My turn" It's too cute. We of course tell him he needs to sit if he wants to hold her and he does a terrific job. Actually they both love holding their newest sister and no longer hand her back after 10 seconds. DD was holding her while they watched Mickey Mouse yesterday and it was so cute. Don't worry I'm always there with the job of watchful mom and baby head support
As for recovery, man I forgot how much a c-sec hurt and I'm pretty sure its worse this time. Usually I'm good with just he motrin but not this time. This time I've had to add percoset which I hate taking as it makes me so tired, but its the only thing that'll take the edge off. I've even had a few headaches (never had before with just motrin) so definitely more pain this time. Just another reason we're postponing the house sale.
Tonight I was totally surprised by how much milk I pumped out. Willow has a couple of long sleeping stretches in the evenings and while I was sitting on the couch I felt my left breast was crushing me so I decided to pump it and I got 5.5oz I was so tempted to do the other side but didn't want to mess up feeding so I left it but I don't think I've ever gotten that much out of one breast ever!
I didn't mean to go on and on, but I had a lot to say/share tonight apparently.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
I'm so glad that things went the way they needed to for you and Willow to be safe and healthy! That is awesome that you have so much milk. I had trouble pumping (but no problem actually breastfeeding) so I can't imagine getting that much! KUP on what the pediatrician says about Willow's tongue. Good luck figuring out everything with your house- I can't imagine having your house on the market when you have a newborn and are recovering from a c-section- it was bad enough when we did it during my first trimester! I think waiting a bit is totally reasonable.
So we had our 5 day check up today which went really well. She was 7lbs2oz, which was great. I asked about her tongue and the RN was stumped, lol. So we talked to the LC and she said she just has a square tongue, but its not tied though its stilll limited. She showed me the cross cradle hold and Willow's finally able to empty my breast, which was really nice. She was so happy after that first feed. As for the great pump, that's just due to milk still establishing itself, I won't be getting that for long, nor am I a big pumper.
On another happy note I got into my pp jeans today Considering I didn't gain much during pregnancy I'm not surprised and I'm loving the extra tummy support, I've had just about half the pain as usual today though I've still neede the percoset. There's this stitch in my left side (which I've had every time) and it just won't go away without the med. Hoepfully it'll be better before DH has to go back to work, but we still have time for that to clear up.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Yay on getting into your jeans! Isn't it weird how those things can really be such an emotional boost? I'm sorry you're still in pain, have you tried alternating tylenol with motrin? That worked well for me when I started weaning off the Vicodin. You might also ask your doctor to switch your prescription from Percocet to Vicodin because it's a bit less strong, might give you less side effects.
Tiven had a moderate tongue-tie when she was born. The stupid LC said it needed to be clipped or she'd never get the hang of nursing. The *good* LC told me to stick my own tongue out with a wide-open mouth, so that Tiven would mimic me, and then pop the breast in her mouth. It worked! I had to do it frequently for a month or so, but then her tongue loosened up & she was able to nurse without any trouble.
Another good breastfeeding hold that I discovered by accident shortly before Weston was born, and that we both just loved, is the "laid back" hold. You lie back supported with pillows or in a recliner, and put baby on her belly on your belly. I found the extra bit of weight helpful with the afterpains that were triggered by nursing, and it didn't hurt as long as my incision was protected with a belly wrap or folded blanket or something of that sort.
You sound great, keep up the great work, mama!
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Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
That's great that your DS and DD are so loving. Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job! Take it easy and let your body recover.
I'm apparently allergic to something. I have a rash in my nether regions, inner thighs and stomach and it itches sooooo bad! I don't know what it is but at the moment I'm eliminating pads at the moment as they're scented and after DD1 was born I had a sensitivity to scented tampons. But the rash has moved way past the pads (had one on incision to keep it dry). So next I'm heading back into L&D to see if its an allergic reaction or a heat rash. I'm just so tired of itching everything, lol. Sorry don't mean to complain, its just been a long last few days of almost nothing but itching myself.
As for Willow and nursing, I think I figured out the problem. Unlike my other 2 she doesn't wake up ready to nurse, she'd rather look around first. I find that when she wakes up I just need to leave her till she starts fussing and rooting and she'll usually latch right on first try, usually. Today was not that day. There could also be an additional issue that I tend to spray a bit and she might just be letting it flow and eating that way at first and then cutting off when need be.
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
I'm allergic to percoset. Took the meds L&D gave me and was knocked out for about 3 hours only to have the main itching area flip from lower regions to tummy so its a little better. Hopefully it'll be gone tomorrow
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04