Tuesday, November 10, 2009
To top it off tonight I am going back to La Leche League for my first meeting during this pregnancy and I totally plan on joining this group again. We are definitely well on our way to a great nursing start and I am very excited. If only I had known all this stuff before our daughter was born, but that relationship ended well so it's all good.
PS: The thrush seems to have gone the way of my daughter's nursing...adios for now. The trick that seemed to work best was a breath of fresh air...seriously go braless at night and it dries that pesky yeast right up. (My doctor said do that first and then if that doesn't work try microwaving my bras-unless they have metal clips, I laughed but seriously look it up, it's online as a way to kill yeast...hehe)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I've been doing some research and I believe I have found the reason why I can't get this thrush to vanish for good. We wash our clothes in cold water (save energy...be green) anyways, that does not kill the yeast that cause thrush, they say you can freeze your milk and still have thrush in it so I would pump an dump that milk when I was pumping with thrush.
The solution I have found (and will use with our next nursling if I heaven forbid get thrush again) is bleach and hot water on all my bras and undershirts (I wear one under my uniform because uniforms are VERY itchy). I was also amazed to find out that Nystain doesn't work for everyone so on my next visit with my midwife I will be asking for something else to help. I've heard there are a few prescription remedies out there so we'll see which one she gives me.
So this will be my blog experiment; what remedy completely rids me of thrush before next April. I'll keep track of all we do and let you know what works best. For now if you have thrush woes as I do, try using warm water and bleach on all your bras when you put them through the wash and keep that up until your symptoms go away (to be sure you don't let any of that yeast live!).
Friday, October 9, 2009
Hey though, we made it longer than most and self-weaned. Two big accomplishments!
It's now time to relax until our baby comes (early April). We've already decided we'll let our daughter nurse again when the baby gets here to if she decides to. Just incase I'm finishing up Adentures in Tandem Nursing so I'll know what to expect and we'll see where this new adventure takes us. It's will be strange not nursing for a few months, I've always had a little one hanging off me multiple times a day, now my breasts belong to me again and it's a weird feeling but also very nice not to have to worry about that. Perhaps I should invest in some regular bras (after almost three years all I own is nursing bras...why buy anything else?).
I'll still be recording my nursing with our next baby so stay tunned, I want to start with different changes and things that happen so you can read from the begining what nursing is really like.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
All in all, nursing while pregnant isn't bad. In fact it has actually started helping me sleep a little more and gives me some one-on-one time while my daughter while just sitting (more like laying) there doing nothing but looking at her and tell her how wonderful she is and how much I love her. Plus there is the added benefit of a little extra time with her. My husband and I very much want her to be a part of the pregnancy (she is after all a member of the family too) so she comes to all our prenatal appointments and we are even taking a private birth class (Bradley method childbirth) so she can come and be involved...although she plays more than she pays attention to the teacher. So anyways all in all, I completely recommend breastfeeding while pregnant, but be prepared for new challenges and remember sometimes it's ok to distract your toddler or offer a cup of apple juice instead when you are just so exhausted the thought of making even a little milk drains what energy your growing baby didn't already suck away...hehe
Here's the best information I've found on breastfeeding while pregnant http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/pr2.asp (let's face it, there isn't really that much out there). If you come upon a time when you are facing a pregnancy and still nursing at least give it the first trimester, now that we're onto our 12th week my energy and most of my appetite has returned so I'm glad I stuck it out. Although I still find myself limiting my night nursing now, for the emotional well being of the entire family...a tired & hormonal mom is not usually a happy mom...hehe
Friday, September 18, 2009
Iene Miene Minie Moe
I want the one with the best flow
I don't care, left or right
I just want to nurse all night!
This made me chuckle because just a few days earlier we were dealing with this in real life (which at the time was NOT funny).
Anyways, our daughter uses a pacifier (gasp...I know!) and has since she started day care, something I sincerely regret. This Monday we tried to take it away cold turkey and it completely backfired on us. I think she just couldn't deal with loosing it completely, she needed sometime to say goodbye and part with her friend on her own terms. Monday night after we took it away it wasn't too bad, but Tuesday and Wednesday I became the pacifier back-up. Now there was a time when she was about 3-9 months old that nursing to sleep was the only way I could get to sleep too, those wonderful hormones were running through my blood and it was so relaxing. Now that she is almost 3 years old her suck is much stronger and more than enough to keep me up for as long as she is nursing, which for two days in a row was pretty much ALL NIGHT LOOOOONG. Final in the wee hours of Wednesday morning I told my husband I couldn't do it any more, we needed to purchase a new pacifier and find a more gentle approach to weaning her off it. What a difference that made. She doesn't use it at all during the day and will take a nap without it, but after dinner she still requests it and we allow that (no pacifier until after dinner is the rule) and then about bed time she asks to nurse once and then falls asleep without it. I'm pleased with this progress and can see a time soon when she will be giving it up altogether, but we know it has to be on more of her own timeline. Dr. Sears talks about how to tell if a change is too much for a toddler and she was showing all the symptoms; clingy, whinny, iritable, just a very unhappy child; so we knew something needed to give and we feel it's important to acknowledge our daughters needs so we comprimised.
I think the lesson we both had to be reminded of is that she has her needs too and while they are different from ours (and we may not feel they are important) they are VERY important to her and we need to recognize those needs and work to accomidate them when it's reasonable.
One change we have made successfully is moving her to her own bed. We followed the Dr. Sears baby sleep book very closely and this transition has been a good one, she actually prefers her own bed now (except for when she needs a night time nurse).
Tips for easy change:
- Start slow - we first talked about getting her a "big girl bed" then we went out and bought one with her, she got to try it out and everything
- Expect two steps forward and one back - the first week it was hard for us all to sleep, we missed our daughter in our bed and she missed our bed, so we tried different tactics - laying with her in her bed, letting her fall asleep in our bed and then moving her
- Listen to your child - we recognized her need and desire to be close to us and would take breaks from trying the new bed when she seemed to need it, now she wants her own bed and sleeps much better in it
- Be patient - change takes time for everyone, eventually things will work out, remember there aren't any students in college sucking on pacifiers, nursing, sleeping in their parents bed, or still wearing diapers (at least eventually you can use peer pressure if nothing else works...hehe)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
After two years, 6 months, and one day I have decided I am officially done pumping at work. This is a deeply emotional decision, I'll miss pumping (well for the most part).
We began weaning when my daughter started solid foods at six months, that's actually the medical definition of weaning too, and so we now step the process up just a notch. She's still allowed to nurse as much as she wants, but with the decrease in supply I'm sure will follow not pumping during the day I expect she will self wean earlier than she would have if I were to continue pumping.
Anyways, this post is to celebrate our decision (I say ours because my husband and I have both decided it's time and our daughter is nursing a lot less when I am home so she kind of has had a say in this too).
The top three reasons to pump:
1. Staying connected while apart, pumping always turns my thoughts from work to home.
2. Stress relief - sometimes if work got really stressful for me I'd stop and go pump, those hormones really do the trick and calm me down.
3. Weight loss - I gained 50 pounds while pregnant and have lost every single one of them since then and I really do believe the extra effort put into nursing helped them come off easier than just if I had dieted and worked out.
Don't worry this won't be the end of my breastfeeding blog, there are plenty of more exciting events to still talk about!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Our reunion was a joyous one, she is always so happy to see me and of course I cried upon seeing her and my husband. I guess the tears were for the time lost, and in just 8 days she really had grown and is talking a lot clearer. I offered her time to nurse as soon as we sat down for the metro ride home and she gladly accepted. She then surprised me by nursing almost non-stop for three hours while I rested (jet lag finally got me). She's still nursing a little more than usual (I think it helps her feel closer to me), but she's settled down a lot and seems to be as happy as ever.
Any working mom who is considering pumping while away on a trip should definitely try it, I truly believe nursing makes our separation easier, it keeps me attached and committed to my daughter and it gives her a little comfort before and after that only nursing can provide.
Hopefully I will not have to repeat this experiment for a while, and yes we are self-weaning so we'll just have to see how long that goes. For now I take it one day at a time and enjoy our closeness because I am sure all too soon she will be an independent little girl and no longer my nursling.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Every stage of nursing is a new adventure. For you moms that have nursed over two years or decide to go that long you'll find out, but it's still just as rewarding. Recently we had an outbreak of the stomach flu and the one person who caught it last and had the easiest time of it was my nursing daughter. Not only did she catch it three days after the first outbreak, she was drinking milk (mama's milk) and holding it down after only five hours of the stomach flu. It took us adults a whole 24 hours to start holding down liquids again. For me that proves the benefits more than anything. I know it did for my husband too, we been having low estrogen issues and after many doctor visits was told I have to either suck it up or quit nursing (because there are no other options for our particular issues) so I asked my husband if he wanted me to stop (before the stomach flu he would have said yes), but to my surprise he said "no, she's (our daughter) the healthiest of us all, no reason to stop doing what is keeping her so healthy". He's absolutely right, although I am cutting my pumping sessions down to once a day to see if that helps clear up some of our issues.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
For added motivation I found this little blurp on a sheet in my buildings lacation room. I have highlighted it and posted it to my wall so I remember.
"Breastfeeding is more than just nourishment. It is a special relationship between mother and child. Babbies have a need to suck well into the second year of life and continue to need the physical cuddling and holding associated with nursing. It is recommended that you breastfeed for your baby's first year of life of even longer if you and your baby wish."