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Valentino


Friday, February 27, 2009

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My son, Valentino, was born February 19th, 2009 at 4:15am.
He weighed 7lbs, 5.8 oz and was 20 inches long.
Breastfeeding has been a challenge because my son has jaundice and the doctor recommends that we supplement with formula until it clears up.
Not only can we not afford to buy formula at this point in time,
but the formula feeding causes him to feed sluggishly from the breast,
thus not helping my milk supply, thus not helping our breastfeeding in general.
Nor is my lack of appetite. For the past couple of days I've gone with little to no food simply because I forgot to eat and when you're not hungry it's easy to do that.
Breastfeeding was so much easier with my daughter! I'm trying to not get discouraged but it's hard. I've had a lot of depression/anxiety problems since his birth so this is just the icing on the cake. Sighs.
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MERRYCAKES 2/27/2009 6:08AM

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Take care of yourself, mama! I wonder if the lack of appetite has anything to do with stress and lack of sleep :)

What helped me:
- Drink, drink, drink! Water, juice, milk, soymilk, ovaltine, tea, whatever you can.
- Eat nibbles all the time. Have protein bars stashed all over the house so you can eat whenever you're feeding your son. Have someone go to the grocery store and get you lots of frozen meals (bean burritos, frozen pizza, whatever) to take the work out of the equation. Have a big bowl of fruit you can just grab. Even just get a big box of cookies - you need calories right now.
- Cereal and milk! Fast, easy, and has protein, iron, etc. - stuff you need for your milk!
- Breathe deep and relax - and try to get some support! Is your mom or mom-in-law available to help out? The more help you have, the better you can focus on improving your health so you can take care of your son.
- Shower or bath while someone else held my baby - I just needed 10 to 15 minutes to myself every day for sanity. I didn't realize this but luckily the doctor said I absolutely had to do this to heal properly.
- Get pumping! Even those little manual ones can help.

Sending you and your family warmest wishes. Good luck and hope things improve fast! It's rough but all too common that breastfeeding doesn't go as planned - even when it's not your first baby.

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