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1610044 tn?1326170840

Recovering...

How is everyone doing after giving birth??? How are you feeling? How are the babies??? :)
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Micah has been good, he has had some scares but hopefully that is all over and done. He has a really bad case of baby acne which I guess is worse because of the heatwave we had for a few days but other then that he seems perfectly fine. I am doing good have been having a lot of stress with my living situation as well as other things but I am doing just fine. How are you doing Manderella?
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1610044 tn?1326170840
Oh well im glad he is doing good!! :) stress is def not a fun thing to deal with especially after giving birth, i hope that gets better for you.

Im good, still in pain my butt is still killing me, and i feel trapped in my house with this whole breastfeeding thing, i tried to go to the aquarium and spend an hr in the bathroom breastfeeding hahaha i recently started pumping so hopefully that will to just have it on the go.
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1356103 tn?1332593195
I am doing well. This is my first child so I'm adjusting to no sleep and jumping up for every noise he makes. He has had the baby acne also but it is clearing up, he also has a stuffy nose that we've had to use saline for...he did not like that. But it seemed to help his congestion. He has moved to the phase where he wants to be awake for 1-1.5 hours between feedings and naps. The doctor said that he is a week early with that, but I just hope that is the first step to sleeping through the night! lol

Manderella I totally understand the feeling trapped thing. I gave breast feeding a try but it was totally not for me. I take my hat off to you and every other woman who can do it!

The only down fall is that I now have cabin fever! I need to get out of this house to go to more than walmart and target! I need a vacation and some sun!
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I am right there with you Mandarella, I want to get out and do something for me but can't exactly do that while breastfeeding.
Micah now has cradle cap which my first had too and I hated because he lost a lot of his hair because of it.
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903040 tn?1285810947
My baby is 4wks old today and I am still struggling with my decision to feed her breast milk or formula. My little bundle of joy had a rough start and does not latch. In addition, my nipples do not pertrude enough so i have to use a nipple shield which shed does not like.

I have to pump every two hours then feed, burp and change her. By the time i do all that it's time to feed her again. I started supplementing with formula and am thinking about switching to formula full-time. i feel horrible about it but it's the only way i can get things done.
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1610044 tn?1326170840
Aaaahh ladies!!! I cant even pump anymore im feeding him like every hour its getting crazy!!! I am also debating to switching to formula, well for sure when i go back to work but im going to keep trying its so time consuming i have to stop by my moms before returing home from an outing just to feed him lol its out of control! But other then that i enjoy it. ,:)
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1328473 tn?1335874467
It's so good to see how everyone is doing!

I've been trying to adjust to having four children but the baby is so good.  I could not have asked for a better baby.  Healing is going ok, trying to take it easy and remember I can't do it all!

I totally understand the breast vs. formula.  We are going through it too.  I have had no problems with her latching but instead it's my supply.  We have been having a problem with her weight.  She is still not back up to her birth weight, 3 weeks later.  I have been breast feeding her and then right after she gets a bottle to increase her weight.  It has been so tiring to do that plus pump to make sure it is all extruded.  I started a herbal supplement but I dont see an improvement with my supply.  The pediatrician, the lactation consultant and the OB has been great, all very supportive.  I have to go back to work soon so I may just go to a total formula feed in another week or so.  It's hard because I love the bonding time but I am very worried about her weight.  
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Breast feeding is very time consuming and even though I sometimes wish I could go out and have some time for myself I need to breastfeed him because it is what is best and we just can't afford to feed only formula maybe to supplement when my milk isn't enough but that is about it.
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676143 tn?1312941771
Hey Gals - my little Camille is 2 1/2 weeks old now.  We're adjusting again to no sleep.  My 18 month old son is a great sleeper, thank goodness - and he stays asleep through her crying - phew!  

I breastfed my son and am breastfeeding her as well.  It's going a lot easier this time - though the first week to 10 days, it was really painful when she couldn't latch well and I did get bleeding nipples for a day or two.  I even pumped 3 times and fed her a bottle to give myself a break here and there. 52 I totally understand wanting to go to formula full time because it is a painful process to get started.  Luckily, she's doing a lot better than my son, so it hasn't been as hard to get used to, and I am making more milk this time, too!  Yeah! :-)  I had to supplement with my son, but so far with her, she is doing fine with just breast milk.  The biggest difference between nursing my daughter and my son is that my son took FOREVER to eat and would pacify on me for hours it seemed.  My daughter does not get away with that.  Now that I know the difference between eating and pacifying, if she's been on for more than 25 minutes, that's all she gets.  I remove her and let her have the pacifier if she doesn't fall asleep first.  I didn't realize with my son that he was just having a grand old time NOT eating the whole time, but now that I can recognize when she's actually swallowing and just sucking, I can remove her without feeling guilty that she is missing out on feeding.  A lot of the time, she just removes herself when she's done, so that's nice, too - something my son never did.  I swear I would spend over an hour with each feeding with him and I couldn't go anywhere that wasn't right by the house and we could only be gone an hour or less because I had to go right back to feed him again.  She doesn't take near that long, so I have more freedom to go out and about without as big of a time crunch.

My personal recovery from the delivery has also been better this time around.  Both of my children were induced at 40w4d but my son took 12 hours and I pushed for 40 minutes.  My daughter's labor only took 6 hours and only 5 pushes - so there was a lot less trauma to my woman parts - lol  My belly also seems to be going back to the way it was faster this time, too.  I didn't gain as much weight this time, though, because of the horrible "morning" sickness in the first trimester, so I didn't have as much to lose.  

I am glad to see how y'all are doing and glad to hear our little June bugs are all healthy. :-)
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1610044 tn?1326170840
Tasia • What is cradle cap?
Yeah my days revolve around breastfeeding, but at night oh my gosh its so nice, were co sleeping so its very nice!! Thats one thing i like i dont have  to make a bottle or go to him or anything. But I def think its getting easier.. But pumping isnt working out so well anymore so I stopped...

Angela • How can you tell the difference in if she is feeding or not, I wonder if thats what my baby does for hours haha :)

Llayton • Im sorry to hear about that, I hope things are working out for you now.

Tjimenez • So did you switch to formula full time? If so how did that work out for you?
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676143 tn?1312941771
Well, when she first starts eating, she takes these huge gulps, then if you hear like a "click" sound while they suck, that's a real swallow also.  If they make really short repeated *****, then they are just sucking.  But, they will make short ***** in between swallows - however, if it's been a few minutes and you haven't seen or heard a gulp or "click" sound - if you hear it, you'll know what I am talking about, then you know he's just pacifying.  The short repeated sucking isn't getting them anything - and if that's all he's doing toward the end, then he's probably just pacifying.  Oh, and I was told in the hospital they should get what they need in 20 minutes on one side - so if you do both sides, it shouldn't take more than 40-45 minutes.  That's the length of time it says in breastfeeding books, too.  I'd let my son stay on each side for 30-40 minutes or more sometimes, not realizing that he was just having a grand old time pacifying away.  I heard that boys do that more than girls.  Camille usually breaks off by 20 minutes time, and if not, then I take her off and she's usually perfectly content and falls alseep.  

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