Mother Hens

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Apples&Oranges, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    We don’t have Pedialyte on hand but she’s keeping breastmilk and water down well. I did not give her breakfast but the nurse I talked to said she can have “something carby” for lunch. Her suggestions were noodles, crackers, mashed potatoes. I’ve got some sweet potatoes on hand so I might try that. We really need to grocery shop, we still haven’t done that big initial trip to stock the pantry. Will definitely grab some Pedialyte for the future!
  2. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I would stick to the plain white carbs, like the nurse recommended
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  3. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Did not even occur to me that her suggestions were all plain white carbs. Thank you.
  4. Tumnus

    Tumnus Chicken

    I've spent the morning debating the Blippi Tour fussiness with moms on the internet. Who am I? Is this my life now?
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  5. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I feel like I somehow, somewhere have baby poop on me. I have looked everywhere and don't see any, but I have been smelling it all freaking day. Either my mind is playing tricks on me or I smell...whichever one, I am going crazy over it. If I find it on me when I get home from work, I think I will die of embarrassment.
  6. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    @Comet do you find smells can get “stuck” in tour nose? I feel like that happens to me. Try smelling a super fragrant candle or piece of food or the most obnoxious perfume wearer in you office and then see if you still smell it! Fingers crossed you are poop free :lol:
  7. ClamJam

    ClamJam Chicken

    Hope you're poo free! The once I was like "dang, why does it smell like dump in here!!?!!," it was me. Damn PP stealth sharts.
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  8. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    :lol: I definitely worried about that, but thankfully that is not the case!

    @whatchyagonnado I don't usually have that problem, but I've been smelling all of the things I can to get rid of the poop smell!
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  9. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I was smelling “phantom vomit” all day yesterday, then realized she hit an empty bin and we didn’t notice, so there actually WAS still puke in her room. Blech.

    L’s new pediatrician told me breastmilk is “like water”, how true is that? The context was that she asked me if L is drinking whole milk yet and I said we’re trying, but so far she hates it. But she eats lots of other dairy: cheese, yogurt, sour cream. And I still nurse four times per day. Pediatrician wasn’t impressed.

    She’s also insisting I give L liquid multivitamins with iron because her iron is slightly low (10.1). Old pediatrician was fine with adding iron-rich foods to her diet instead which we’ve been doing for a little over a month. I asked new ped for another blood test to see if the food has been effective enough on its own and she said no. Said to mix the vitamins into orange juice for better absorption and so her teeth don’t turn gray. Well first, I hate giving her juice because the old ped was totally against it, but in the spirit of open mindedness I tried it, and the kid hates orange juice too. Thus from the child who never met a food she didn’t like.

    So TLDR: is breast milk an okay substitute for whole milk if she also gets other dairy? And should I push for the blood test or force the vitamins somehow?
  10. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I don't know, this is a big strike 2 for that pediatrician in my book.
  11. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    A didn’t drink very much whole milk until I had almost completely weaned her off nursing, but she had a lot of other dairy in her diet and my ped said that’s more than fine. She would drink water though so she was never dehydrated or anything.

    And as long as they are eating a fairly balanced diet, the only vitamin we were told to supplement was vitamin D. We also live up north where we just don’t get enough sun to get enough Vitamin D, so not sure how applicable this is to Florida lol.
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  12. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I stopped the vitamin D when she turned one, but giving her that is easy enough if she still needs it. She does happily drink plenty of water.

    I may be overly sensitive to the whole breastmilk thing because we are doing a consult next month for another round of IVF and I have *feelings* about all of it, part of that being resentment that in order to move forward, I have to wean L. But I might just look into a new ped down here because all in all I’m not feeling great about this one.
  13. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    That's definitely really weird. Grey teeth? TF is that about? My kids never really drink cows milk. D barely drinks soy milk (maybe once a week when the mood strikes him) and neither of my kids have grey teeth? She sounds like a really old fashioned doctor and I'd want to shop around.
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  14. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    No the ped meant liquid iron can stain teeth if not mixed with anything.

    @Kimmers Most of C’s calcium comes from cheese and yogurt! What about tomato juice or another veggie juice for the iron?
  15. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    @Apples&Oranges The gray teeth thing is from the iron. The iron is a black liquid so it can stain teeth gray/black. I’ve read that in lots of reviews which is partly why I’m like, WHY am I doing this if I’m not 100% sure it’s needed.
  16. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Ooooh, I see. But still, seems weird. If she was only borderline low iron, food should be easy enough to make up for it. Doesnt it absorb better from food than vitamins?
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  17. deet

    deet Chicken

    Isn't it recommended by the WHO to nurse up until 2 years, if you can? Why would you replace with whole milk if you are successfully nursing & she's eating other dairy? That makes zero sense.

    EDIT: The CDC also has a blurb about giving fortified cow's milk if your baby and you decide to wean after 12 months. I take that to mean only if you decide to wean--not to give whole milk in substitution of breast milk if you're still nursing.
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  18. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    @deet My thoughts exactly but she said the breastmilk isn’t fatty enough?

    Right now I nurse her when she first wakes up, an hour later she gets breakfast, an hour after that she naps. When she wakes up she gets lunch. Nurses again before her afternoon nap, and then has a snack after. Later, dinner. Nurses before bed. At her meals I do make an effort to include a wide variety of foods. I’m offering whole milk at least once a day but I don’t push it when she refuses, or takes one sip then refuses.
  19. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Is she worried about weight gain or just “get some dairy fats?”

    That’s weird. L’s perfect.
  20. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I was under the impression that it really only matters if they arent gaining enough weight?
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  21. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Just get dairy fats. Her weight is right on track.

  22. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    There are individual exceptions, but for the most part I understood breast milk to pretty fatty and calorie-rich. Especially after about four months; volume levels but fat increases. Not science, but there are some pretty chubby breastfed babies out there; they’re not getting fat off of oxygen. Isn’t the biggest benefit of dairy also the vitamin D? If she’s getting dairy elsewhere, I don’t understand why the doc pushing cow’s milk.

    I also don’t get why the doc’s pushing supplemental iron and nutrients if the kiddo is thriving and her levels seem within the realm of normal.
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  23. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I thought breast milk had more fat than cow's milk?
  24. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    I thought sometimes it doesn’t have enough fat and babies don’t gain proper weight. I’m having to massage before feedings to release some of the fat because P isn’t gaining a ton. Finally able to breastfeed and I’ve got skim milk :roll:
  25. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I think it depends on the person and kid. My mom swears she produced milkshakes for me and skim for my little brother.

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