Well the midwife came and it looks like I am in for another night of no sleep. She was actually really happy because it means that the as the bilirubin levels are decreasing he is slowly becoming more active and sort of making up for lost time.
She weighed him and he also gained for the first time on my milk. 90 grams! He also is doing a better job sucking. She said tonight could be worse then last night which I can't really imagine but I am going to try to just stay out in the living room and not go to sleep but I am just so tired. Thomas is also gone tomorrow for the whole day which is like the icing on the cake.
Ash, I feel you on the BF and the lack of sleep. I really hope that your supply comes back up. Be careful with letting him nurse for to long because that can cause you infections and that won't help either. I hope that your midwife can help you. Don't feel bad about supplimenting if that is what is decided. I had a hard time with it at first but Simon had lost so much weight he needed something to eat. I'll be thinking about you.
Kelly, wow you did have a rough day. I'm sorry about the things your DH said. I would be really upset as well. Is there any chance the two of you could find a sitter and have a date night? If nothing else it sounds like the two of you really need to talk. Exciting that your mom is coming down, sorry the weather and all isn't cooperating like you would like.
Ash- I'm so sorry you guys are having such a rough time. We went through the same sort of thing in some of the early days with James (not bilirubin levels, but the constant nursing) I know how rough this is, but I promise it will not last forever, and it is sooo worth it. Really, things will get so much easier before you know it, and then it will just seem like a bad dream.
Can you nurse laying down and a get a little rest while he nurses? It took me a long time to get the hang of nursing while lying down, and I wish I would have worked at it earlier, because it's so nice when you're so tired to just be laying in bed or on the couch instead of trying to be alert. (((Big hugs))) You're doing great!
Oops! I posted that first response too late - walked away from the computer before I had posted my message and when I finally posted you had updated already!
What great news that Teddy gained weight! Way to go, mama's milk :-) I hope tonight isn't worse than last night, though :/ I'll be thinking of you!
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Ash, that's awesome that he gained weight! I am really impressed with how hard you're trying. I can only imagine how rough this must be.
Do you have some sort of nursing pillow so that you can doze while he nurses? I wasn't able to nurse lying down, but I used the My Brest Friend pillow that you can belt on and I would put my head back on the sofa and at least get a little bit of sleep.
Can someone come help you during the day tomorrow? Tell Thomas he needs to find someone who can come be with you to keep you fed and watered and all that.
Like Grace said, this will end. But I know for me, exhaustion was the worst part of the postpartum period. I was fine except when I'd get tired, and then I was sure nothing would ever be okay ever again.
I'm hoping you've reached a tipping point and sunnier, more restful times come soon.
Ash- The lactation consultant at my hospital said that it was okay to take baby off the breast after 10-15 mins on each side, to have baby naked while feeding and just wake him up every 2 hours to eat.