(Closed) March babies

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@zen bride:  thanks for starting this thread lady:) STILL waiting on our little man to make his appearance, but looking forward to learning some tricks of the trade from you momma’s:)

My mom is a lactation consultant and has told me that breasted or not, once babies reach 11-12 lbs their stomachs are big enough to get them through more than 2 hours or so without an additional feeding. How big is baby now?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@zen bride:  I’ve been having super painful breast feeding issues too. Any tips to share? I saw a lactation consultant at the hospital but it still hurts like crazy when she latches. Im not sure though if it just hurts because I’m so banged up, or if we’re just not 100% on the latching yet. I wish I could enjoy breast feeding a bit more, or at least get her latched on without screeching expletives half the time. How on earth will I ever feed her in public if that’s the case?! I’m thinking about getting a lactation consultant that does home visits so she can correct me in my chair and with my nursing pillow. 

Rose is climbing her way back towards 11lbs and yes, I think there’s truth behind bigger babies sleeping more. She can go about 2.5-4 hours between feeds. The biggest problem is actually getting her to stay awake during a feed to get a decent amount of food in her so she doesn’t need another feed in an hour!! Some nights are better than others, but even in the past couple days we’ve settled into a nice routine for timing. I feed her about 10 or 11, another feed around 1:30 or 2:00, and then the last about 5-6. I feel slightly human. 

@MRSLMA:  I’m jealous that your mom is a lactation consultant!! That’s amazing!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

hi!! i know i still need to post a birth story, but lo is sleeping on me so i’ll wait until i can reach the computer… someday. we love him so much and are soaking up all the cuddles so the comuper can wait.

breastfeeding is so much harder, stressful, and painful than i thought.

when my milk came in, my boobs werr like rocks and my son had such a hard time latching. i had to warm them up with a heating pad anf then pump them dry. it worked great and he can latch better. also, i found that i hated the boppy so much, but the mothers brest friend is awesome for us. it made feedings more comfortable. dont know if that info will be helpful for anyone.

any tips on how to relieve sore nipples? mine hurt soooooo much and the nipple cream isnt relieving it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@babybuzz Congratulations on your little one!!!!

 Here’s my natural birth story, that ended up not being so natural:

Last Thursday, at 12:30 at night, I was listening to my hypnobirthing cd. I was nearly asleep and then all of sudden there was like a weird pop down there and I was leaking. My first thought was, ‘I don’t think I’m peeing.’ I was so confused. I got up and then there was a GUSH. I ran to the toilet because I was still in a daze, then I had to run back to my bed to get my phone to call my Darling Husband home from work. He was shocked because I was about 2.5 weeks away from my due date. While he rushed home, I took a shower and then bounced on my yoga ball. When he came home, he was shocked that I wasn’t in pain-I had no contractions. We called our doula (who we just interviewed 2 days earlier) and she told us to go back to bed. I did, but Darling Husband works nights so he stayed up.

In the morning, we called our hospital and they freaked out and told us to come in right away. We went in at 10am. I still was having no contractions. They told us about the risk of infection after 12 hours, then 24 hours. We agreed to wait until 1pm to start intervention just in case my contractions would start on their own. They didn’t. 

At 1pm, I was given a pill that’s used to soften the cervix and dialate. It started slowly working. I was given more at 5pm and 9pm. At 9:30 I was having regular strong contractions 5 minutes apart. The entire time I was listening to my relaxing hypnobirthing CD.

Our doula came at 10:30pm. She was was amazing! She helped my with different laboring positions, used essential oils, lavender, and massages to help keep the environment calm and relaxing. My Darling Husband was finally able to sleep for several hours during the night because she was there. She was also a strong advocate for me. She got the fetal monitering off of me (baby was doing great!) so that I could take a few showers. I also took a medicine that didn’t make the pain of the contractions go away, but it made me a little loopy, so it was easier for me to concentrate on the relaxation.

Around 8am, the contractions were starting to get a bit more intense, but still manageable with the relaxation. I decided to take a shower at 9am. I was feeling queasy and called Darling Husband in and asked him to tell the people that I felt like I was going to throw up. He thought I asked if I looked like I was going to throw up, so his response was, ‘no, you look like you’re in pain.’ I got mad and screamed for him to get out. I instantly started puking non-stop right after he left. My doula came in and told me that this is a good sign and that the labor is progressing and that it sould be anytime now. 

After throwing up, I just couldn’t get calm and relax anymore. I asked for an epidural around 9:30am. It took about an hour to get it in along with other tests (I had low sodium earlier bc of my meds). 

At 11am, I felt the need to poop. When I said this everyone said it was the baby. I didn’t believe them, because it really did feel like a massive poop. My nurse checked my cervix for the first time since arrive at the hospital (bc my water broke, they didn’t want to check it for the risk of introducing infection). The nurse made a funny face and then told me that the baby is READY and that I didn’t need to get the epidural bc he’s coming asap. Luckily, I never lost complete feeling and still had a lot of movement in my legs and body.

The told me that we were going to start ‘practice pushes’ at 11:30am. During those pushes, his heart rate dropped. The midwife came in and told me that they were wanting to take me to the  other room where they do c sections, just in case there’s an emergency. In the meantime, I kept doing the ‘practice pushes’.

I don’t know where the ‘pratice pushes’ stopped and I started pushing him more. They never moved me out of my room. At around noon, they set up everything in my room. Everyone got really excited with all the pushing and I was thinking, I don’t think these are the ‘practice pushes anymore’ 

My little boy was born at 12:35. 7 lbs 7oz, 20 in. And he is just the cutest little thing ever!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@zen bride:  For me it’s definitely nipple pain. Engorgement isn’t too bad so far, she’s been eating every 2 hours the past day (rather than every 3-4 previously), so she’s keeping me from getting overly full. I tried the Lansinoh cream but it didn’t work very well for me. My doctor prescribed a compound cream that seems to be helping. Warm showers do feel great though, I agree! I’m also trying to let everything air dry as much as I can. I left a message for a lactation consultant that does home visits, I’m hoping we can just get the final tweaking of our latching done. I think we just need a little guidance at home in our own chair with our own pillow you know? We’re getting positioned perfectly, it’s those first few toe curling moments of latching that are killing me! Once she’s on there, the pain disappates after probably 30 seconds, but when she comes off, there is definitely some pinching and lipstick shape I can see, so I know the latch isn’t quite there yet.

Since Rose is sleeping I’m going to try to get my birth story done today and I’ll post the link back here. I’ve been trying to add photos from my phone with no luck, so thank goodness I got to my laptop today! Without further ado, Miss Rose!

Leaving the hospital in her cutie pie hat….

Working hard on something BIG! LOL! She makes the funniest faces!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@zen bride:  

@babybuzz:  Ditto on nipple pain.  I was engorged only moderately for about 48 hours but that has passed now.  ALthough occasionally they get a little sore when he goes a little long between feedings. The lactation consultant who did our feeding class recommended Lanisoh Soothies which are gel pads that you put on your nipples and those have helped to some extent.  We are also having the problem of the crazy inital pain and lipstick shape going on so I still have been using the shields for the most part.  It helps a lot, but I’d really like to get to a point when I can get rid of them. I thought we were there and then he started chomping again.  I have a lactation consultant coming over tomorrow.  

 

I was so worried that he wasn’t getting enough because of his latch (which he initally wasn’t– he lost a little more after we came home and hadn’t pooped in 3 days!!!) But then after the lac. consult came last time, he had a massive poop– like beyond imaginable!– and has been pooping up a storm since then.  In fact, he is working on one right now, LOL.   Anyway, I finally bought a scale so I can weigh him before and after feedings.  It looks like he is getting between 2 and 3 ounces a feeding which I think is normal.  And he seems to be back up to his birth weight if the scale is accurate. We go to the doctor on Tuesday for his 2 week check up so I guess we will find out then. 

 

Other than that, things are going ok.  MIL went home but yesterday was kind of crazy with visitors. We haven’t gotten much sleep since Mother-In-Law left because at night he fusses if he isn’t being held.  Funny because he sleeps just fine by himself during the day. Grr….  We got a little snuggle nest co-sleeper thingy but he still wants me touching him/holding him. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh and thanks all for the ADORABLE baby pics!  Love seeing those cutie-pies!!

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@zen bride:  I hear you about the hands and the snapping. I swear she goes out of the way to smack me in my hurting sore nipples!!! I call her my little bulldog because of those big cheeks but also she has a lockjaw that is just insane!! I try to adjust her latch and its impossible!!

I’d like to know who stole my lovely sleepy baby this afternoon and replaced her with a screeching banshee…. Holy Hannah. Typically she’s a 3-4 hour eater, but she was fussing and wanting to eat every hour, hour and a half, so I did that for a while thinking maybe she’s having a growth spurt and cluster feeding, but after a couple hours of that (and some very sore nipples) I began to think maybe she’s using me as a soother. So we tried walking, singing, swing, bouncy chair, nothing would calm her down. Eventually I caved and fed her again for the millionth time today and she’s finally asleep. I think she was just super over tired but man, I felt so bad with her just bawling and Darling Husband and I unable to console her. Poor little thing!!  What a rough day!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hi all!!! Thanks to zen bride for starting the March Babies board! Hopefully you guys don’t mind a February mama like me still hanging around. Ha!

I can’t even believe that our little Lydia will be 6 weeks old on Wednesday. They say that is a big turning point, but I am a bit skeptical. Things are going well though. She started out at 5 pounds and by last Monday had made it up to 6 pounds 8 ounces, so she is gaining weight well – especially once we figured out that she has a dairy sensitivity – meaning that I’m now off dairy products for the foreseeable future (we can try again in a few months when her digestive system is a bit more mature).

Her sleep is not quite as good – she grunts and groans all night long which is really hard on me – since we are co-sleeping every noise she makes wakes me up.  We were planning to transition to the crib around 3-4 months, but I am contemplating an early move just so I can get some better sleep.

Generally she is a pretty happy baby and just cries when she wants something (the biggest thing being that she is totally fastidious about her diapers and can’t stand being in a wet one – thank god we didn’t go for cloth diapers or it would have been much worse).

Our big cross to bear so far though has been breastfeeding. I am not happy to see some of you ladies are struggling as well, but it is nice to have some company.  My issues started with us trying to put her tiny preemie mouth onto my now size G chest (including one flat nipple). It just didn’t work so for the first 10 days or so I pumped exclusively and we bottle fed her. Once I got a lactation consultant to visit us and she showed us the nipple shield it was like a god send – we were off and running and I was able to cut down my pumping to twice a day. (god I hate that pump).

Now that Lydia is bigger and more awake I am working on transitioning off the shield and onto the breast directly. This is where I am starting to run into the nipple pain that you guys are talking about.  My understanding is that the #1 culprit is an improper latch. So every time you have nipple pain you should go back to the drawings/videos and guidelines to make sure you’re following all the steps properly.

However, because I’m dealing with more pain AFTER breastfeeding, I’m starting to worry about thrush or compression. I am going to try to work on latch today and am going to call my lactation consultant back tomorrow. I’m hoping I won’t need her to come back out, but I’m starting to think that I will.

 

@babybuzz:  I have the same issue. (and issues with cluster feeding as well). My lactation consultant said that as soon as the baby falls asleep to take her off the breast, burp her and offer the other breast. If she falls asleep on that one, burp her again, and offer her the first breast again. Repeat until she doesn’t take the breast.  The comment was that the likely reason she is falling asleep is that she is responding to a reduction in my milk flow on the breast and that switching breasts can often bring another letdown of milk. She also said this helps avoid cluster feeding. I’m still working on implementing this advice though – so we’ll see how it works.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Loving all the baby updates! You ladies have some real cuties! I can’t wait for my little guy to get here.

He’s officially due this saturday. The dr did a cervical stretch yesterday, so I’m 3cm dilated. Since he’s measuring big, my dr doesn’t want me to go too far overdue. So we have an induction date of April 3, if he doesn’t show up naturally by then. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi all! Robert Ian was born one day early on 3/24 after 21 hours of labor and a c section weighing in at 9 lbs 8 oz and 21 and 1/2 inches long! We came home early yesterday (I hate hospitals and wanted to be in my own house!) and we’re just getting settled. Cant wait to catch up on how everyone is doing, write out my birth story, and upload a pic of this little nugget:) Hope all is well March momma’s and babies!

@FutureMrsAch:  hopping you get to see you little one soon!

@Peony007:  having a lactation consultant mom is a GOD SEND! I’ll be happy to pass along some of her ideas when I get back in the swing of the boards:)

xoxo ladies!

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