It is a strange feeling to realize you have no idea what day of the week it is let alone day of the month. How did Christmas sneak up so quickly this year. I guess we have been busy. Busy in a cycle of diapers, eating, sleeping, playing and the occasional outing to the drugstore to buy more diapers, nursing pads and clif bars for those days when there is no free time to eat. Ahh the life of a new mommy!
Here are some updates on things:
After about 4 really tough days I finally cracked and sought help from the La Leche League help line. Based on my/our symptoms here is what we think is happening:
- I have overactive let down and perhaps and oversupply. What clued me in was the spraying of milk when baby unlatched. I thought this was normal until I mentioned it to my sister. Another clue was the constantly soaked overnight breast pads. Doesn't lots of milk = a great thing? Not if it causes choking, coughing, gas and a foremilk/hindmilk balance.
- For now we are trying a couple of things: as soon as the milk lets down I let it spray into a towel or small cup. I am not yet coordinated enough to catch enough to save lol. I block feed on one side (in particular the left because it is always much more engorged) for 4-6 hours or 2-4 feed depending on the day.
- I am still nursing on demand but have stopped pumping to build up a frozen supply.
He has been fussy. We have a good day and then a BAD day. Bad as in cries constantly between feeds and won't sleep for 8 hour chunks of the day. It's been a rough week around here but I think the feeding changes are helping and I have started massaging him 3 times a day to get the gas out. No weight check this week but I will take him in next week to the health centre.
Since Sunday I have done one workout DVD, 2 10 minute barre3 classes and shovelled the walks twice. Things are looking up! I don't know if I have mentioned that I don't own a scale. I know I gained about 28 pounds during pregnancy from my admission forms but beyond that I go purely by how I feel, how my clothes fit and more by measurements.
I need to start paying some serious attention to my nutrition. The consumption of fast and easy foods is getting out of hand and even I tire of breakfast for dinner options. I am planning on adding smoothies back into my day as a way to get in greens, fruits and proteins. I have also made a conscious effort to drink warm glasses of almond milk for the added calcium. I also will be trying to add more healthy fats in (avocados, chia and hemp seeds and coconut oil) as I read that this helps the fat content of your breastmilk. The one positive thing is I am still on one cup of coffee a day despite the tiredness. I used to be a Starbucks regular!
That is a quick recap of how things are going. My December goals include putting together a running schedule and picking some races for the 2014 calendar year. Next week I am going home so my sister and her family can meet Weston. I can hardly wait!
- The REAL Postpartum Body (haltonparentsblog.ca)