This is a discussion on EDD May 2011 within the Year 2011 and earlier Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Originally Posted by bbanna wow.. 3 mummies gave birth over weekends. congrats to Kikilow, Smurfz and Paull! Wish you all ...
Hmm.. dont't know if my mucus plug just came off.. There was this lump of gluey thing which look like vaseline or so with a tinge of blood... Isy.. you had something like that too??
For some silly reason, I went into hospital to do CTG yesterday and the nurse did VE for me.. Wondering if that had caused the thing.. It's much more than a normal discharge...
Last edited by whomovedmycheese; 16-05-2011 at 03:39 PM.
found the article below from a website: http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/h...creasing.shtml (hope it helps)
if your milk supply is low, here are some suggestions on how to increase it:
Monitor your baby's weight often, especially in the early days and weeks. In general, the longer your supply has been low, the longer it will take to build it back up. Get help early, before weight gain becomes a big concern.
Take care of yourself. Try to eat well and drink enough fluids. You dont't need to force fluids - if you are drinking enough to keep your urine clear, and you aren't constipated, then you're probably getting enough. Drink to thirst, usually 6-8 glasses a day. Your diet doesn't have to be perfect, but you do need to eat enough to keep yourself from being tired all the time. It is easy to get so overwhelmed with baby care that you forget to eat and drink enough. dont't try to diet while you are nursing, especially in the beginning while you are establishing your supply. You need a minimum of 1800 calories each day while you are lactating, and if you eat high quality foods and limit fats and sweets, you will usually lose weight more easily than a mother who is formula feeding, even without depriving yourself. (See article on "Nutrition, Weight Loss & Exercise")
Nurse frequently for as long as your baby will nurse. Try to get in a minimum of 8 feedings in 24 hours, and more if possible. If your baby is sleepy, see article on "Waking A Sleepy Baby".
Offer both breasts at each feeding. Try "switch nursing". Watch your baby as he nurses. He will nurse vigorously for a few minutes, then start slowing down and swallowing less often. He may continue this lazy sucking for a long time, then be too tired to take the other breast when you try to switch sides. Try switching him to the other breast as soon as his sucking slows down, even if it has only been a couple of minutes. Do the same thing on the other breast until you have offered each breast twice, then let him nurse as long as he wants to. This switch nursing will ensure that he receives more of the higher calorie hindmilk, while also ensuring that both breasts receive adequate stimulation.
Try massaging the breast gently as you nurse. This can help the rich, higher calorie hindmilk let down more efficiently.
Make sure that you are using proper breastfeeding techniques. Check your positioning to make sure that he is latching on properly. If the areola is not far enough back in his mouth, he may not be able to compress the milk sinuses effectively in order to release the milk. (See article on "Sore Nipples" for tips on positioning).
Avoid bottles (if possible) and pacifiers. You want your baby's sucking needs to be met at the breast. If your baby needs to be supplemented, try to use a cup, syringe, or tube feeding system, especially in the very beginning (babies under 2 weeks old). This is less of a concern with older babies who are well established with breastfeeding, as they are much less likely to have trouble switching back and forth between breast and bottle.
If you want to increase your supply quickly, consider renting a hospital-grade breast pump for a few days, unless you have a good quality double pump at home. The best way to increase your supply is to double pump for 5-10 minutes after you nurse your baby, or a least 8 times in 24 hours. Try to set the pump on maximum unless your nipples are very sore. Most pumps work better on the higher suction settings. Minimum is kind of like the baby sucking in his sleep toward the end of the feeding, and maximum is more like the vigorous sucking he does for the first few minutes of the feeding. If you live in the Winston-Salem area, call me and I can provide you with a hospital grade pump for a few days while you are building your supply. For all other areas, call Medela at 1-800-TELL-YOU to find a rental outlet in your area.
There are certain food supplements as well as prescription medications that may increase your milk supply. Before using any of these, it is important to rule out other problems such as illness in mother or baby. Many herbal supplements have been used for many years to increase milk production, with the most popular being Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Red Raspberry. Brewers Yeast (containing B vitamins) is another commonly recommended treatment for low milk supply. I usually recommend that mothers try Fenugreek capsules (2-3 capsules taken 3 times daily) along with Blessed Thistle tablets (same dosage). You many want to add Brewers Yeast tablets (3 tablets taken with meals, 3 times per day) and Red Raspberry tea or capsules several times each day. I know that seems like a lot of capsules to take, but if you dont't want to take them all, the Fenugreek seems to be the most effective. Fenugreek is rated GRAS (generally regarded as safe), but when taken in large doses may cause lowered blood sugar, so should be used with caution by diabetics. It is in the same family with peanuts and chickpeas, and may cause an allergic reaction in moms who are allergic to them. It may cause a maple syrup odor in urine and sweat. For the majority of mothers, it causes no problems, and can be very effective. It has not been known to cause any problems for the babies of the mothers who take it.
Last edited by azzzima; 16-05-2011 at 04:29 PM.
I also notice I have some clear colOstrum before delivery. Heard that some ppl even leak milk around 32 wks.
around 32wks is pretty early. each pregnancy is diff from others. though it s a lifetime experience.
to the rest of the mums to be who are going to pop sooner or ltr, best of luck.. remember to relax and push! rest well..
Finally got a little bit of time to chk sm email n here.... Been a whirlwind period since giving birh 11th!!!! Cant reli help but feel time not enough..
Rather disappointed cos i cant bf successfully... Partly becos baby latching is a prob, me have short nipples.. Tried to pump, saw some colostrum but not enough for baby demand...... It is really tiring As baby is drinking milk every 2 hours, no time to rest....... Broke down in front of hubby n mother in law one night..... sigh..... mother in law help me do confinment is good cos she cooks well n taking care
Of laundry... But smtimes i feel i wished to have a pro CL so that i could hec proper rest.... I dont feel i hef proper rest... Day n night time i feed my baby........
Guess it's really challenging!
But luckily my husbAnd is very supportive n hands on... Today is his first day back at work since i deliver last wk... But he too worried about me n baby, so he came home after lunch.... Cant concentrate at work he said.... Heehee, i felt kinda touched and happy......
To all mummies- jiayou bah!!
I'm doing side by side latching now on sleeping position. Found baby more willing to drink when latched properly.
Hey ladies thanks for the advise of warming the breast with hot towel. It smoothen out the flow. Can tell baby sucking more.
I should have gotten confinement lady too, poor my mom didn't get to sleep at night whenever baby cries. Later confinement lady keep pushing baby formula milk then my bf plan gone case. In fact sometimes I give up when hear baby cry of hunger but my mom help me latch baby onto me as I am moving with pain. Prepare hot towel for me too.
At least you ladies do not have swelling problem right? Can walk per normal ? I can't even wake up from bed without something hold on for support. Pray hard for recovery.
Tink for now, iwill just formula feed my baby.. Im sweating all the way, sweat dripping inside me all the time, smmore cant bath i also scared unhygenic for baby...... As long as he is fed, i guess thats more impt.
My mother in law helps me to do all the laundry, i wearing disposable panties for now, so she oni wash my bra..... But guess thats ok, therez a reason mah.......
So far able to walk quite okay... A little sore but still bearable.
All in all, the most unbearable part of all confinement is the inability to bath...!!!
Anyone's baby girl passing out red discharge d? Heard that this is the process of female hormones during 1st week.
I wonder how's icejelly2010.. she hasn't updated since yesterday... maybe she's next!
Me.. still playing the waiting game....