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|Tue, 09-29-2009 - 5:58pm|
DH had open-heart surgery on September 16th. He is recovering well, and is in relatively good spirits despite inflated expectations from unrealistic doctors – they said surgery would take 4-5 hours, it was 9 hours; they said 1-2 days in the CTICU, it was 3-4 days, they said minimal pain, dh, who is an elite athlete and has the highest pain tolerance of anyone I know was in agony; they said 4-5 days in the hospital, it was 7. Now that our expectations have been reset, and we are prepared for what we still have to face, DH is much happier. He now looks forward to the day he will be able to sleep on his back instead of expecting to return to work next week.
It has been an unbelievably stressful 2 weeks punctuated by a nursing strike by DD, and a HUGE drop in supply. Neither one of us was prepared for the hospital stay and since I didn’t really expect to be spending _that_ much time there, I had no real plans for when/where to pump. It was a nightmare, and I ended up pumping twice a day if I was lucky. Many days 5 or 6 hours would pass before I could pump. To make matters worse, DD decided that she would much rather have a bottle than nurse because she doesn’t have to wait for a letdown, and she can hold the bottle herself and look around at everything happening around her while she is eating. Last night at her 2am feeding I never had a letdown. I was devastated. That has never happened.
I am pumping 5-6 times a day again, and I am getting about 10-11 ounces. DD usually has about 14 ounces in the 12.5 hours we are apart. I am going to tell her DCP to start giving her lunch as well as breakfast, in hopes that it will help fill in some.I am trying to pump as much as possible, and started taking More Milk Plus along with oatmeal twice a day. I have already pumped 5x today and DD nursed once. I am hoping she will nurse at least 2 more times and I will pump again before bed.
Is there any hope? Will my supply recover at this point? I am sure that stressing
About it isn't helping. Spencer, any words of wisdom?