by heather j (4882 Posts), Mon Oct 10, 2011 09:25 pm
I would completely agree with what Caryn has said. Mine were all 36-7 weekers. Oliver was the easiest, but I think having a learning curve helped. He had a great latch and seemed to know just what to do. He didn't have jaundice and was ALWAYS eager to nurse even in his earliest hours of life. He also took forever.
That said, he nursed every two hours around the clock for the first week (for example, he'd wake and nurse at 6 am, take an hour to do so at 30 minutes each side, sleep for an hour, and begin again at 8 am). He was easy, and I was SO exhausted. If it is at ALL possible, I would really suggest having someone there to help you the first week. It's helpful to have someone else fetch the baby, help change him, help you with meals, etc. All you'll be wanting to do is getting to know your new baby, care for him, and REST. The good news is that (in comparing the pregnancy when I was critically ill to my best pregnancy/recovery) is that your body will just *know* what it's accomplished and what needs to be done. I've never been able to fall asleep once I'm awake or wake easily for that matter. I had no problems waking around the clock and instantly falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
Heather (PAI-1 4G/4G) mama to:
Nicolas Edison (6/2004) 36 weeks, PE, HELLP, and placental abruption
Ella Amelia (3/2007) 37 weeks, lovenox, PE-free
Oliver Lyon (1/2011) 37 weeks, lovenox, PE-free
Milo Mason (2/2014) 39 weeks PE-free