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i'm trying to lower my dosage of the narcotics, but sometimes i over do it and wake up in pain. but i'm tired of being in a brain fog.

so basically most of what i'm doing these days are: pumping and breast feeding. it's amazing how hard that is. i've had really strong women check on me to make sure i'm okay and that "it gets better".

andy is doing everything else. he changes diapers, soothes the baby, supplement the baby with formula, clean. though his idea of cleanliness and my idea of cleanliness differ. he has been so supportive. the only time we yell at each other is over the breast feeding. my nipples are sore and we're doing so much to it. and i'm just tired.

andy's parents have been making sure we're fed everyday. which is so nice.

i really hope by next week i can be recovered.

oh, i also spend a lot of time staring at the baby. she is so precious.

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athene
Aug. 18th, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)
You're doing a great job! Have you tried a nipple shield to help? I can promise you that it does get better. Reach out if needed. There are many wonderful resources to help you.
ripresa
Aug. 18th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Yep.

I think there have been 25 nurses and lactation consultants that have touched my boobs now.

We met with Cheryl Haymens with Special Addition who is considered the best in town, and someone gifted us another LC. so we met with her today.

It's a party at my boob!
athene
Aug. 18th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how much parents end up talking about boobs and poop!

I didn't have a c and I'm pretty sure I spent a good 90% of my first week after giving birth in bed.
floppyghost
Aug. 20th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
So much this !

There's a huge pile of people with often-strong opinions of how you should be doing what, often even contradicting opinions. As long as you -want- that support that's all fine and good, I suppose. But there's a reason quite a few women I know refer to them as the lactation-mafia, because even those women who at some point (for reasons of their own that frankly are nobodys business) decide that they're done, still get "helpful advice" crammed down their bras repeatedly.

Extends to other parenting-topics too really. One gets a metric load of "advice" regardless of if that's wanted or not. Well-meaning usually, but can definitely get tiresome.
sylke
Aug. 18th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
The first week or two is really hard. Pumping is freaky and uncomfortable at the beginning, and can be so frustrating when 45 minutes nets all of an ounce and a half. My pumping experience was greatly improved when I took a cheap sports bra and slit it at the nipples to make a hands-free pumping bra. Hook up, log into a MMORPG, and tune out. The breastfeeding gets better, easier, less uncomfortable and less emotionally draining over time, it really does. So glad you have some great resources helping you through it! Good luck, you're doing great. :)
ripresa
Aug. 20th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks girl. I tried to cut out holes in one of my bralettes and that didn't work. so just logged into amazon and got a nice pumping bra. that definitely makes it better!
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