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September 19th, 2010, 07:01 PM
ladybugmomma's Avatar Trisha
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Breastfeeding momma's. Have you found your newborn eats less often once your milk came in? It's been too long for me to remember what my other newborns were like. My milk came in full force yesterday, it was very frustrating last night as it was hard for Layla to latch on, and my milk was clogged. Putting a hot rice filled sock helped though. Today though she is sleeping way longer at one time. I of course get worried something is wrong. Only thing I can think of is jaundice. But when Robert had jaundice he slept and didn't eat much from the beginning, not 4 days later. She has slowed down on her pooping and peeing now today too. We have a dr appt Tuesday, I assume they would call us tomorrow if her blood test shows jaundice.
Trisha, Homeschooling, SAHM to Robert 18, Matthew 16, Kaiya 11, Anja 8, Layla 3 and Emme - April 6th 2014
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September 19th, 2010, 07:37 PM
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I think I can help you. My boobs have been engorged for about 7 days now (milk came in on day 2-3). I thought this was a little wierd (not to mention uncomfortable) since the engorgement with my other 3 kiddos only lasted 2-3 days. In addition to this, I noticed Joley wasn't nursing near as long at each feeding and also doesn't seem to want to eat from both sides. So I consulted with a lactation specialist yesterday. Baby's weight is up 1 oz from birthweight and she is having very regular stools/urination. So the lactation specialist concluded that she is simply an efficient nurser, and since the milk is coming out so fast it doesn't take as long for her to fill up her belly. I also learned that with each pregnancy your body lays down more mammary tissue, which makes your milk come in faster and in greater quantity. Interesting, huh?

So, my solution?? She suggested for the next 3-5 days to pump just enough for comfort on the side that she doesn't nurse on. (She says it's a little too early to just not pump, because not pumping/expressing anything this early in the game will signal my body to stop production on that side, which was what I was afraid of.) After 3-5 days of that, if my boobs still feel engorged, then there are other steps to take, she says. But she really felt like things will even out in the next few days and I'll be much more comfortable.

So, thanks for listening. I may not have done a good job explaining myself and perhaps this doesn't even apply to you. But I thought there's a chance it may help. Sounds like we might be in similar situations. Good luck!!
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September 19th, 2010, 08:04 PM
irish luck's Avatar *Callie*
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if your milk is in and it seems like she is swollowing she is probably getting enough and not having to work as long on getting it

does her skin look yellow? if it does at all i would just keep putting her on the boob to make sure she is getting enough... is she peeing and pooping enough according to the chart (i got a chart at discharge... i can get it an post it if you want it)
also look at her eyes... if they look yellow then i would call the dr tomorrow

yellow eyes were our tell tale sign that Gavin had substancal jaundice

i hope layla is doing well!!
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September 19th, 2010, 10:33 PM
ladybugmomma's Avatar Trisha
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As the day is going, I'm thinking she is getting full now with it being milk now. She nurses for a long time when she does. Her poop is alot less today but she was super pooping before. She still has had lots of nice wet diapers though.
I don't have a pump or I'd pump to help but I don't want to buy one and only use it a couple days. I know I won't use it after.
Trisha, Homeschooling, SAHM to Robert 18, Matthew 16, Kaiya 11, Anja 8, Layla 3 and Emme - April 6th 2014
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