Juliet update

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Juliet update
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Wed, 03-23-2011 - 11:03pm

I can't believe my little Juliet is three weeks old!






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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 8:01pm
Thanks for the update.... she is too cute!!!
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 10:14pm
Emmy - So great to hear from you! Everything you're going through is completely normal! Keep up the great work, mama!

Just wanted to add that it's important to keep yourself well hydrated and fed because that can affect your supply as well. And don't hesitate to reach out to your local LLL either!

She's beautiful! :-)

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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 8:15pm
Glad to hear an update from you! Those first few weeks are SO trying, and it sounds like you're doing great. Things will get better quickly, and she'll eat and sleep better. Just repeat to yourself that everything is a phase - that helps me immensely when things get rough.

For the nipples, I found putting olive oil on them before I pumped helped SO much. My nipples were still hurting after 3 months, but when I started doing that I haven't had any other troubles.

Juliet is gorgeous!




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Registered: 01-29-2008
Thu, 03-24-2011 - 4:51pm
Glad to hear an update! Hope the BF gets better for you! She's a cutie for sure!

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Thu, 03-24-2011 - 2:32pm
Thanks for the update! Juliet is absolutely gorgeous! Don't worry-BFing will get easier! I had a similar schedule with pumping with Evan (except that we were tube feeding)-it felt like I was constantly feeding/pumping! The cluster feeding, as brutal as it is will also help your supply. I found that Brewer's yeast supplements were also very effective at increasing my supply--I bought them at Walmart. Eating oatmeal is also supposed to help.
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 9:22am
Anna, your experience is a great example of how a rough start doesn't have to mean a quick end. Wow...it's so great that even after 5 weeks of the pump you got Teddy to breastfeed. That is a story that most moms never get to hear!
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 9:19am
Emmy, she's precious!!! So sweet. Yes, the nipples will get better. But you need to give them lots of care. Stock up on Lansinoh or a similar product. And when you have a minute (I know...what's that???), let your breasts have a little open air. Putting a bit of breastmilk on the sore areas and letting them air dry can be very healing. You are right that "sucking her way on" is NOT good. Ouch. She is still very young, and she just might need time to the hang of all these new tasks. When she has a bad start to a latch, always make her start over. I've been through the "bad latch" thing, and I know how tempting it is to just let it go when baby is hungry and you are exhausted.

Pumping is important, but baby/mommy time is even more important. Try not to get too stressed about fitting in the pumping. It sounds like you are being proactive in making things work and finding support. Good for you!!!!

Enjoy :)
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 8:05am

Thanks for the update, Emmy! I had been wondering how you are getting on.

As for the breastfeeding, you are so not alone. I think the majority of mums finds it difficult to start with, which is not helped by a baby who has difficulties too! I know some mums and babies just take to it; but for others it's a long rocky road.

But in answer to your question: Yes, it will get easier :) Once you get through this bit you will come out on the other side and all of a sudden it will be the easiest, most practical and wonderful thing to do. I had similar problems with my nips - sorry if TMI - they both got cracked/started bleeding after a few days, then got infected and the top layer of skin died off (so first I had black crusts, then raw flesh). This is why I was exclusively pumping for the first 5 weeks and only tried to latch him on with a LC to help me; about once a week. Once the infection started to clear up and the skin grew back, we practised latching on more often. Soon I would feed him off one side and still pump on the other, until I gradually replaced all the pumping with feeds. It took us 8 weeks to get it all figured out, but then it really went well and I BF'd til Teddy was 13 months without any further problems!

If you have a good LC to help you, that's the best thing you can do. Remember BFing is a learned skill for both you and baby. I know how exhausting the pumping and feeding can be when they demand so much in the early weeks - just get as comfy as you can; I think I caught up witha few seasons of LOST in those weeks where I'd sit on the sofa for hours on end just BFing and pumping!

Juliet looks such a sweetie; enjoy the time now as much as you can (even though it seems hard) - you will soon have forgotten all about how difficult it was :)

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