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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby aajatwins » Wed May 30, 2012 09:04 pm

by aajatwins (476 Posts), Wed May 30, 2012 09:04 pm

You have gotten some great advice here! I always love to hear these successes!

A little encouragement - after my section, I was in ICU for 2 days. I was in the hospital for a week total. Because of the anti-seizure meds, etc., I was not allowed to bf until the boys were a week old. So they had those two different kinds of bottle nipples for that first week while I pumped and dumped (so miserable!!). Once I was allowed to nurse, Jordan latched on right away and ate like a champ! Aidan had reflux and a bad latch and he never really was a great nurser, but if he hadn't had a twin brother, I feel certain I could have worked through the bad latch with him. (He nursed fine in cradle hold, but I could only figure out how to nurse them together in football. So he only ate well in the middle of the night when I nursed them separately.) My milk came in fine, but I think that is just every woman being different.
We did have issues in their 2nd week of life because it was my first week bf'ing - they didn't gain much weight (especially Aidan) and the doc wanted me to supplement with formula. I was devastated. And I didn't do it!! I talked to a La Leche League Leader friend and she encouraged me to pump before every feeding - only 5 minutes or so. That allowed me to get the foremilk (skinny in content) out so the boys could drink more hindmilk (fatty in content). And they gained perfectly the next week and the doc was impressed that I had not supplemented at all. Supplementing will decrease your milk supply, no matter what people tell you. The best way to regulate your milk is to nurse when baby is hungry, no matter how often or how long. It usually only takes about 6 weeks. (and some kids just eat a lot :) my baby only stopped eating every 2 hours during the day at about 4.5 months. it really stunk a lot of days, but he slept through the night.)

so congratulations!! and best wishes for continued smooth sailing!!
I use the La Leche League website all the time for bf'ing questions.
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Hubby (27)
Aidan & Jordan - 7.2.09 at 36 weeks. Induction turned emergency c-section due to eclampsia. big healthy toddlers today!
Asa - 10.23.11 at 39 weeks. NO hypertensive issues!! successful VBAC :)
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby laughinggirl127 » Thu May 31, 2012 00:58 am

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Thu May 31, 2012 00:58 am

:D :D :D :D :D :D Doing a happy dance. Can't believe that you have made it so far. Congratulations. Seems like just yesterday that you were are at 24 weeks. I agree with all the other ladies. Only give the pumped breastmilk to fill up if baby needs more milk. Again, I can't belive that you have made it this far with no problems. Way to go.
DS born 2003- 39 weeks preeclampsia, 6LBS 7oz
DD born 2009-32 weeks preeclampsia, 3LBS 1oz
DD born 2012-38 weeks, PIH, IUGR 5lbs 4oz- no pree
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby kbielec » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:15 am

by kbielec (254 Posts), Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:15 am

I have been thinking of you - and I am SOOOOOO excited for you. I can not wait to hear how Tuesday goes for you and your hubby. Enjoy every single minute of it. You have been an inspiration for me as I travel through this pregnancy...dreams do come true and I am so glad that yours is! :D
Mom to Annabelle born at 26 weeks due to HELLP (2008) I found out I had Factor V and MTHFR after delivery.
(12/2011) miscarriage, twin boys 8 weeks, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
(02/2012) Pregnant - praying for beautiful take home baby due Nov. 3, 2012, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby flori » Sun Jun 03, 2012 00:52 am

by flori (225 Posts), Sun Jun 03, 2012 00:52 am

My goodness, time really does fly. I don't have any tips, but I am super happy for you, daddy, big brother, and baby girl. :)
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Mommy to Gracie- born at 25 weeks 03/15/11, 11 inches, 1.1lbs, and absolutely beautiful. Became my sweet angel the next day.
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby kbielec » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:03 am

by kbielec (254 Posts), Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:03 am

Good luck tomorrow!! Thinking about you and wishing you all the best. :D
Mom to Annabelle born at 26 weeks due to HELLP (2008) I found out I had Factor V and MTHFR after delivery.
(12/2011) miscarriage, twin boys 8 weeks, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
(02/2012) Pregnant - praying for beautiful take home baby due Nov. 3, 2012, on LDA, Folbate, Lovenox
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby danielsmom » Mon Jun 04, 2012 02:53 pm

by danielsmom (290 Posts), Mon Jun 04, 2012 02:53 pm

aajatwins - Wow, how encouraging! You really hung with it with the twins, especially after all you went through. It is nice to hear those success stories.

I still can't believe that we made it. I did my pre-op this morning, and we will meet baby sister early tomorrow morning! I can tell that she's really grown the last two weeks. Some of my maternity shirts aren't even long enough anymore (I'm already tall at 5'9"). The doctor said my fluid was normal Friday, and my BP is even low-normal... it's so night and day different from last time. The nursery has been done for almost 3 months, and my bag has been backed for several weeks... but we're just here waiting. :D

kbielec - dreams do come true. I got my wish of being huge and uncomfortable for a really long time! The worst thing has been the lower back/pelvis pain especially getting up and down. The best thing has been seeing my husband chuckle at me struggling and knowing it's all completely normal and part of being really pregnant. ;)

I'll get some pictures and an update on here as soon as I'm able. And I want to hear lots of similar success stories from you pregnant ladies here soon!
Miscarriage Feb 05 & Dec 07
Daniel born Feb 09 at 27w5d, 1 lb 1 oz/12 inches (severe IUGR) due to Severe Pre-E & HELLP. Now tall for age and no complications.
Diagnosed with MTHFR
Cornual Ectopic miscarriage Mar 11
Natalie born 6-5-12 at full term, 7 lb 11 oz & 21.5 inches, progesterone 2-8 weeks (for suspected luteal phase defect), lovenox 6-29 weeks, lda 0-36 weeks, folic.
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby sam10 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 08:22 pm

by sam10 (1436 Posts), Mon Jun 04, 2012 08:22 pm

Good luck tomorrow. Will be thinking of you. ;) yay for making it to the finish line.
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MC 3/2009 and 3/2011
Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


Our pain has been put into words, placed into empty cradles, to remember that all our babies lived, that they mattered and always will. - Field of Cradles http://www.fieldofcradles.org/
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby cmccaffrey » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:52 pm

by cmccaffrey (458 Posts), Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:52 pm

Yay! Can't wait to see your update! <3
Christa (25) & J (26)
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Mason born 10.11.10 @ 30+3 wks due to Severe Pre-E. Only lived 2.5 days
Noah born 2.1.12 @ 38 weeks thanks to lots of doctors visits, LDA, Lovenox and no preeclampsia!

learn more about our story... http://tinyurl.com/7a979vy
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Re: 1 more week to go! Any tips?

Postby MomTimesThree » Tue Jun 05, 2012 00:47 am

by MomTimesThree (559 Posts), Tue Jun 05, 2012 00:47 am

Good luck!! Can't wait to see updates!
2008-Our Baby Girl, PTL born too early at 30w6d, Fought so hard... Forever Loved & Missed
2010- Lil' Bro, Pre-E at 29 weeks... Induced at 36w6d, Born 37w
2012- Lil' Sis, Super-imposed pre-e at 25 weeks, PTL & GD at 35 weeks, Evicted 36w
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Postby laughinggirl127 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 04:24 am

by laughinggirl127 (75 Posts), Tue Jun 05, 2012 04:24 am

thinking of you this morning while I was at work. Congrats momma. Hope the section goes well this morning. Can't wait to see some pics of this new baby.
DS born 2003- 39 weeks preeclampsia, 6LBS 7oz
DD born 2009-32 weeks preeclampsia, 3LBS 1oz
DD born 2012-38 weeks, PIH, IUGR 5lbs 4oz- no pree
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