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Just to let you know...

I am feeling a bit more comfortable with the whole c-section idea now. I went to a Child Birth class over the weekend. (The Slytherin only slept through half of it, that is impressive for him.) The instructor was very knowledgable and things are always less scary once you have information. The Slytherin at least stayed awake for the whole breastfeeding storage/reheating section which is good because he will acually need to know that stuff when I go back to work.

I have an appointment to meet with the Puff's pediatrician next Wednesday to discuss my issues about nursing the Puff as soon as possible and my desire for him not to receive any formula in the hospital. Don't get me wrong I have no problem with him getting sugar water to keep up his blood sugar if he needs it, but there are broader immune system health issues that are involved if he gets formula. According to the instructor that we had on Saturday, the doctor that we have chosen is very pro-breastfeeding. That makes me feel better as well.

We got tons of stuff at the Puff's shower. I was just a little nervous when I look at the 0-3 month size clothes and realised that they only go up to 12 lbs. Umm that is the first couple of weeks worth of clothes I guess....

More later :)



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Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Not sure about yours, but my hospital was really good about not giving formula to a breastfed baby (they put a sign in the bassinettes with the child's name and whether he/she is breastfed or formula fed).

As long as you have several pillows to cushion your stomach with, you should be able to nurse as soon as you want to. A boppy is good, too, and I used the Mybrestfriend pillow for the first several months...it was firmer and you can strap it to you so there's no gap, with the Boppy Rhyon would slip into the gap between the pillow and me when he was very small.

I've had 2 c-sections and had what I consider to be good experiences with each (though my second did involve some complications with my blood pressure, but that could have happened with a vaginal delivery, too if I'd had an epidural). Anyway...good luck with it, and if you want to ask questions of someone who has been through it, I'd be glad to answer. Will be wishing you a safe delivery!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
My biggest concern is that they will make me wait several hours to see if his blood sugar stabilizes in the NICU before they let me try to nurse him. The problem is if the baby's blood sugar doesn't stabilize with the dextrose, some doctors will order them to have a bottle of formula. This is an issue because I have Type 1 diabetes and the baby is at a higher risk to develope it later in life if his little immune system is exposed to formula early on before he can get his dose of colostrum.

And I already have a Boppy, so we are good to go there! :) And I don't think "very small" will ever apply to this little guy LOL.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, didn't know that about the diabetes. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well, then. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Boob is always best........Make a man out of Puff....:-D
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
A boppy is absolutely the way forward. We took ours to the hospital and it came in handy not only for eating, but just for holding your little one when your arms get tired. And they will!

Hogan spit up like CRAZY when he was brand new, and had to be changed 2 or 3 times a day. We LOVED the footed jammies that zip up. I know they seem small, but believe me, you'll use them.

*hugs you*

You're getting so close!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have heard that boys tend to be worse in the spit up department than girls, so we just might use all his tiny baby clothes before he out grows them!

Yup only 29 days till the scheduled C-section. Course the Puff may decide he doesn't want to wait that long so we shall have see!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling a bit better about it all - reliable information is always a good thing. Best of wishes for the leadup and zeroth birthday!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Alex was 8 lbs when born, and those 0-3 month clothes lasted all of 3 weeks. Frankly, clothes have always been vastly off for him, and for most kids that we met in playgroups and such. He is 3, and wears clothes for a 5 year old, etc, etc.

I had a thyroid problem that lowered my milk supply in the first months, and I always had to supplement with formula at least partially. I had great couselors and friend who kept encouraging me. I hope to only breastfeed my next, but its OK if it ends up half and half again. Some immunity is better than none!
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I am not as worried about the long run milk supply as I am about him getting his dose of colostrum before he gets anything else in his little stomach. It all has to do with his risk of developing Type 1 diabetes later in life. And since I am most likely going to have a C-section I won't be able to try to nurse him right away. Anyway hopefully his blood sugars will get back to normal with just some sugar water and then they can bring him in to me in recovery. That would be best case scenario anyway.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Good to hear that you're feeling better about things....another plus on the stuff at the baby shower! If it was anything like what my YaYa got this weekend....you'll be set for a couple of weeks! LOL

Big hugs
Apr. 3rd, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Lets hope! After that it might be warm enough to just have him in diapers LOL
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear an update. Yep, if you keep pushing the breastfeeding thing while you are there, somebody is sure to listen to you.

I'm glad you enjoyed the shower. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear, I have heard very good reports about the pediatric practice that we are going to use and that they are very supportive of nursing moms, so that bodes well.

The shower was lovely and The Slytherin suffered through all the forced socializing like a champ!
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
My Hufflepuff delivered both of my little witches via c-section, or as I call it, through the sun roof. Of course the first one came that way after 31 hours of labor, but the second was scheduled.

Both of them were also formula babies. She did nurse Kaitlynn for a while, but Kaitlynn really didn't want anything to do with it. Kaitlynn was well over 9lbs and needed supplement for her blood sugar and weight right after she was born. It was either supplement with formula for her to get the nutrients she needed or we would have most likely had to leave her in the hospital for a few days. Our doctors said supplementing was the best option so that's what we did. She did so well on the formula that we made the same decision for Liv. We're very happy with that decision though, both my little witches were exceedingly healthy babies in comparison to all their cousins that were nursed. I would have to say they didn't have one tenth of the health problems all their cousins had. So really, all I'm saying is don't always believe 100% of what your told by any instructor. Everyone is different. But hopefully everything works out for you with nursing if that's what you want. Remember to do what you want and not what others want you to do. Both you and the Puff will be happier that way.

As for the cloths sizes, I don't think either of my girls wore the 0-3 month sizes for more than a couple of weeks. Aside to that, my best mates little ones wore that size for at least three months, if not longer. That's the difference between a 9lb baby and a 6lb baby I guess.

Apr. 4th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the supportive thoughts PA. Nursing is something that I feel very strongly about and have since I can remember. Just the family environment that I grew up in I guess. So of course I want to find providers that will support me in that.

I have not taken the tags off of the wee little 0-3 month clothes yet as I have gotten several things donated from Violet (left overs from Lil Monster #2) and other friends. I am going to see what I need and take back what I don't to trade in for bigger ones!
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