You girls are in my thoughts. I hope everything starts to get a little better for those of you having some issues right now.
Exciting that there will be another baby in 2 days.
We were told not to use the bottle for the first 4 weeks. Since it's easier for the baby to get milk from a bottle, the baby can start to prefer it over the breast and have BF issues.
Tomorrow is my last apt! (although we are having a blizzard tonight and tomorrow so I'm not sure my apt will still happen). I'm excited to see how dilated I am. I'm so excited to meet the baby and so scared for the labor.
I just saw my midwife. Little guy is still breech, she could feel his shoulders close to my ribs and thinks his head is tucked away in my ribs (he pops down occassionally to cause me discomfort) and the heartbeat was heard loud and clear in the same spot as last time up high.
I have blood tests tomorrow and drop off my strep swabs and my pee showed enough protein for her to add that to the tests as well.
Monday morning is the ultrasound and an appointment with the obstetrician at the hospital will be pencilled in for the afternoon if ultrasound shows he is definitely breech, to discuss c-section at 39 weeks. I made it clear that we are not willing to try an ECV to turn him as I have a fibroid and anterior placenta (both can make it hard for babies to turn) and she was fine with that, so hopefully she'll be supportive if the OB tries to convince us to go for an ECV.
Oh and also measuring 39 weeks now. I think he's just got no space in there to turn around
It looks like my go at breast feeding is over. Christian lost weight again and he needs to be put on formula. The dr said he needs to be back at birthweight by two weeks, and he doesn't have much time left. I so wanted it to work this time.
If it does not work then it does not work, don't beat yourself up.
How much is he feeding per day? Sometimes early babies sleep through feeds that older babies would wake for because they have less energy to wake even if they are hungry.
Does he fall asleep after a feed? He might not have the energy to stay awake and work for a whole feed. You could express after every feed and top him up with breastmilk after each feed which at the same time would increase your supply. Once he starts gaining good amounts you can cut out the top ups, which is what we did.
Is your attachment good? A bad latch results in little milk getting in the babies tummy and results in a mumma with a poor supply.
How many grams have you got until birth weight?
There are also breastmilk fortifiers to add to expressed milk.
He started off on me almost all day. When we got home, he was nursing every three hours, then DH would supplement him and he would take anywhere from 10cc to 60cc at each supplement (which lead me to believe he wasn't getting enough from me). He latched on really well from the very beginning (even the lactation consultant at the hospital said she was impressed). I decided to start pumping to see if that would help. The first time I did, I got 5cc, the second time, 1cc.
He weighed 6lb 1.8 oz at birth and is now 5lb 7oz. He needs to gain 10 ounces (more than half a pound) to be back up to his birth weight.
Ducky, there are some things you can do help with milk production other then just pumping.
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 Tbls. brewers yeast
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs, beaten slightly
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix buttermilk with oatmeal and flaxseed and set aside.
In separate bowl, mix together flour, brewers yeast, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
Combine flour mixture with buttermilk mixture and eggs, sugar and butter. Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill 24 greased muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 400 degrees
These are made to help nursing mothers milk supply. They taste great and really work.
I would eat 4 or more a day.
Servings: 12 dozen
1 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
2 T flaxseed meal (no subs)
2 Lg eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 C Thick cut oats
1 C Chocolate chips
2 T Brewers Yeast (no substitutions)
Preheat oven at 375.
Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended.
Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
Add butter mix to dry ing.
Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.
Pumpkin Lactation cookies: http://www.whyclothdiaper.com/2011/0...ation-cookies/
No Bake Lactation Balls
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2T Brewers Yeast
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. You can also mix in other things if you like use dried fruit instead of chocolate chips or rice krispie treats in place of coconut. Make it your own!
Emma Kwasnica's Groaning Muffins: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=192430844914 These are terriffic for post partum snack as they have ingredient to help your body heal and support you in lactation they're also a quick easy snack to grab while youre sitting and nursing baby so much!
There is also Fenugreek tea/pills. I like the pills cause the tea taste like maple syrup and its just nasty!
Also Mothers Milk tea. That stuff taste like black licorice. Taste pretty horrible too but works really really.
Oh and I forgot rolled oats too
Like Betheney said though, if you cant do it don't beat yourself up! You tried and thats good
I remember a couple weeks ago, like 30 weeks or so when it seemed we all started complaining about new symptoms and discomforts, and now right at the end it seems to be happening again, so many possible inductions! Its winding down tho, we'll be there soon.
Ditty- fingers crossed for you that everyone is healthy!
Ducky- like the other ladies have mentioned... Don't beat yourself up! I would keep trying ti bf and supplement but also know that if it does not work you have at least gotten the colostrum in and given your little guy a great start and besides- I was formula fed and think I turned out pretty darn good!! So there's no real wrong or right way as long as you're keeping your baby healthy and happy.
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