I don't count how often but
Aria poos every time I change her (before she eats) as of late. She used to around every other change and has recently upped it. Not sure if it's diet related or not. Maybe? Sorry I am not of much help but your not alone in the lots of poop spectrum lol.
Today we took Elliot to the ped to get his weight checked and get him established as a patient and all. He is now 6lb & 12oz (he was 7lb & 4oz at birth). The weight loss, so far, is in the normal range, so its not very fortelling on my supply. But it will be in the coming days. I believe my milk is in...but like my milk supply with isaiah, its hardly any at all...i think there is more there this time, so i think everything i did prenatally helped and stuff, but its not much...a "normal BFing" mom would never consider this engorgement...i was expecting this to happen, so im not surprised, but still...was nice to hope for. Who knows maybe it will increase....
Elliot is jaundiced So that complicates things even more...and it gives me less time to accomodate the IGT and see what supply i'll have, as its clear that he needs to be getting that milk to help rid the jaundice. We have been keeping him in the window all day...dont know how much good it will do since its the winter and its new england so its dark and grey out all day, not to mention its pitch black by 4pm...but i'll do whatever needs to be done...we went to the hospital and they checked his bilirubin levels. They did the heel prick and needed to fill 2 tubes worth Elliot did great and never even flinched! I was supposed to get the results back, but of course they never called
Then we dropped in to see the LC. The ped wanted me too meet with her, and since she's in the hospital i just dropped by. She was the one who helped with everything with Z....she told me to pump and all, but she didn't have time to do a eat&weigh in and all that jazz....which ended up being a good thing...well sort of...turns out that because i didn't deliver there, its hospital policy that i have to pay $300 per visit and it would NOT be billed to insurance ...so now she is way out of the picture, which sucks majoriliy! Im not too upset in the sense, that i know exactly what she'll tell me and i know the steps she'll want me to take...but what does bother me is i have no idea if 1.) i need to be supplementing yet or not and 2.) if i do, then how much. I dont want to ruin what potential supply i could have by supplementing too early, but at the same time he is jaundiced, and dehydrated ...he has had 3 diapers with the brick dust So...yep....not only jaundiced but also dehydrated....i took it amongst myself and begun giving him some mLs of the pumped colostrum. Im really glad i did that prenatally! Ive been nursing him as much as possible (not an easy task because he is so sleepy due to jaundice). Then i pump as well. And then i give him the extra colostrum. Its only about 10-20mLs per feed...i just dont know how much to give...hopefully i will figure more out in the coming days though....my precripstion hospital grade pump should be in tomorrow, so that should help, bc my cheapo one just isnt cutting it
sorry to hear of your struggles Guppy. Jaundice babies are no fun. but sounds like you're doing a great job! Is there any LLL leader local to you who could maybe help? I know the LCs around here can be a bit $$$ which was why I called LLL. so glad I did!!
yeah. im going to get in contact w/ one...although last time they couldnt help much bc IGT is out of their scope...so im not sure how that will work. It goes beyond the normal BFing issues, so i was referred to th LC (last time)...so....not sure how much help it will be but im still going to contact them bc they can be an excellent resource.
Girls thank you do much for your words of advice and encouragement. The sleeping has gotten slightly better. I'm at least able to dose off for an hour or do between feedings.
As for breast feeding, I'm gonna stick with it... It's just so much harder than I knew. My milk is starting ti come in and the engorgment is painful on top of the latching damage we're dealing with. I'm trying ti figure out how to deal with the engorgment. I have heard mixed reviews in pumping to empty them if he doesn't empty them enough for comfort... But with that I don't want to confuse my body and make it produce the wrong amount. And if I did pump do I do it before after he nurses?
I also read about cabbage leaves for relief, but on that hand I don't want to dry up my supply too much.
He is still not waking up every 3 hours like he's "supposed to" so we have to wake him to feed. Abd then he only latches on for like 10-15 mins total , usually about 10 on one side 5 in the other. I worry he's not eating enough but he has lots of wet diapers and poopy ones.
Any advice for dealing with engorgment? Pumping and saving the milk vs manual expressing and "dumping"? And when to do it, before it after he feeds
I'd express in the shower (hand express) for relief. I'd pump lightly for ten minutes on the side on which she didn't nurse, or both if it was between feedings and she hadnt eaten. During the day I woke her every 2 hours and then every 2-3 at night. I used a cool washcloth between feedings for comforts sake as well.
It totally sucks, I understand that completely. . but I hope this helps! Kellymom is awesome. I'd def pump on the opposite side if he only nurses on one, for your sake. Doesn't need to be for long - just for some relief. And I'd personally do it after he eats.
Good luck!! xoxo
Oh, and as long as the diaper output is good, I wouldn't worry right now love. It's unnerving not knowing numbers of what they're eating but if he's happy and pottying enough then he's obviously content.
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