Milkmaids!

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Apples&Oranges, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I did not get an A+ on the first couple days of feeding. L lost a little bit too much and had urea crystals in her diaper AKA is dehydrated. But her pediatrician said this happens all the time with first time breastfeeding moms and was really nice about it.

    I think I took “feed on demand” a little too literally, letting her spend too much time on my boobs leading to her burning calories sucking past the time of getting anything.

    The plan now is that every 2-3 hours I’ll feed her for 10-15 minutes on each side, then we’ll supplement with 15cc’s of either pumped milk or formula. And we’ll see the pediatrician again on Friday. I’m disappointed about not being perfect but glad we have a plan.
     
  2. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    @fantasynerd we had the crystals at first with C too! It happens to mostly everyone! You are doing great and will find the “perfect” for you and L soon!
     
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  3. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    The crystals are a byproduct of the baby getting out all of your extra (estrogen I think) hormones from their system, and are definitely prevalent in baby girls. We had lots of them with A, and I think a few with S. Your milk is probably only just starting to come in, or just about to come in, so she should start plumping up more when she’s getting the milk vs just the colostrum.
     
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  4. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Breastfeeding is so hard at first, and it’s totally new to you. You’re doing great!
     
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  5. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    You are doing a perfect job @fantasynerd ! It is so freaking hard to figure out a rhythm of what works for you and baby. I mean hell, she can’t tell you, you’re brand-new, it’s a weird circus act even latching, you can’t measure or see or know what she’s getting. It’s absurd and everyone feels clueless in the beginning, you just have to try different things until you figure what works for your family. It sounds like you have a great plan in place!

    Btw—It does not sound like this is your issue but there are a lot of YouTube videos about breastfeeding if you ever need to try new positions to see which position she’s most “effective” at nursing from. They helped me try new things I never would have thought of and gave helpful tips.
     
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  6. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Thanks chickens! That’s all very reassuring :)
     
  7. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    L gained like 9 oz! I can stop supplementing with formula. I’m going to keep pumping some so hopefully soon R can do a feeding or two each day with my expressed milk and I can get a little more sleeeeep. :mrgreen:
     
  8. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I have such bad anxiety whenever I pump or have a letdown. Is that normal? I can’t help it.
     
  9. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I actually may have posted that in this thread before but it’s becoming more frequent.
     
  10. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    I had the same thing when pumping. It was like a horrible depressed feeling.
     
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  11. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

  12. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Should I wash my Spectra parts in the dishwasher or no?

    Technically it’s advised that if I do, then without the heat dry, but that’s not going to happen.
     
  13. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    You can. I always need them way before the dishwasher will be done though. You can wash with dish soap and a bottle brush. If you’re worried about sterilizing, you really don’t need to with a healthy term baby. But if you want to do it on occasion, either boil them in water for 5 minutes or get a microwave steam bag and just use that. If it’s just for convenience, go for it. Replacement parts are easy to come by if they get fucked up.
     
  14. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Thanks!

    Right now I’m only pumping once or twice a day (and keeping the parts in a big zip lock in the fridge in case it’s twice), and we’re using a lot of paper plates and stuff so not running the dishwasher every day, but if we’re running it I figure it’s convenient.
     
  15. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Just a heads up that this practice is no longer recommended.

    I never put mine in the dishwasher, just rinsed immediately after use and M washed them with bottle brush and dish soap when he did bottles.
     
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  16. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I had two sets and always used the dishwasher.
     
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  17. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    I didn’t know that! At work I definitely used to rinse, keep in fridge, use again, then actually bottle brush wash with hot water and soap at home that day. Do you know if it’s not recommended because it doesn’t actually help at all or because it’s more harmful?
     
  18. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I don't remember all of the reasoning, just that I read about it back when I was pumping. I believe it was CDC guidance, maybe AAP. I couldn't hot water wash my pump parts at work so I bought the sanitizing spray and wipes and used those between work pumps.
     
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  19. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I love the Medela quick clean soap. It’s spendy so I don’t normally use it, but if you’re in a hurry you really can just squirt some in hot water, swish stuff around, and rinse.
     
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  20. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I like the spray and wipes for this reason
     
  21. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I know it’s not much but I finally have a stash of ~2 weeks of milk in the freezer!
     
  22. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    That is a lot and also a ton of work! Good job lady!
     
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  23. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Actual question and then weird boob pumping thing.

    Nursing pillow? I have a My Brest Friend but kind of hate it. I have to buckle it or it doesn’t sit right and it’s not comfortable or easy to use. I don’t need anything super thick since my tits pretty much already touch my knees. I was thinking about just a basic Boppy?

    Lefty has always been the breadwinner. All through 14 months pumping for C1 and until a couple weeks ago. The only time Righty would produce more is when L had a clog but then would catch up next time.
    So now. Right lets down like immediately, and Left takes almost 5 minutes. And more and more Right produces more, by and ounce at least.
    WTF.
     
  24. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I just have a basic Boppy and I like it. It's worked well for me.
     
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  25. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    @CoolWife following along for the nursing pillow recs. Don’t be tricked by the Dr Brown Gia Nursing pillow reviews. It looks like a giant shrimp and it sucks.
     
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