I Made The Right Decisions

My second pregnancy brought about a lot of decisions that I needed to make. Considering my history of postpartum depression, emergency cesarean and hyperemesis, there were some difficult choices I had to make.

Taking Antidepressants as a Precaution
This time around, I was under the care of a psychiatrist. I wanted to seek out the advice of someone whose sole focus was psychotropic medication. After the horrific experience I had coming off of the last antidepressant, which was prescribed by the nurse practitioner in my former OBGYN clinic, I wasn’t going to take any chances.

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The Incredible Disappearing Chest

I used to be pretty darn happy with my perky Ds.  Then I got pregnant and they got alarmingly large.  Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding…let me paint you a picture.

Have you ever blown up a balloon, not tied it and let it go?  It flies around the room, finally sputtering and dying, completely deflated on the ground.

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Formula Was Our Answer!

Last week, I blogged about the formula experiment we were trying.  We first opened one of the Enfamil samples that we had received in a childbirth preparation class, but the next day I purchased a can of Nestle Good Start Gentle (orange can).  It had good reviews online for being gentle on a baby’s stomach and I remembered that my sister-in-law had used it for her girls.  Enfamil Gentlease seemed to have good reviews, but I was slightly alarmed to see that the first ingredient in that formula is corn syrup solids.  I have an allergy to corn syrup and, regardless, I didn’t feel that corn syrup should have that much prominence in the ingredients of a formula.

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The Formula Test

I couldn’t take it anymore.  Watching my son have stomachaches every day.  A smile quickly turning to a frown.  Fuss and fuss and fuss.

We’ve tried everything.  Chiropractic care (which definitely did make an improvement), baby Zantac, propping him, burping him often, tracking what I eat, avoiding certain food triggers, various gas drops…the list goes on and on.  Nothing has made a difference.  Tonight, he seemed to refuse his bottle of breastmilk.

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Motherlove Nipple Cream Review

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this review. An Amazon affiliate link is included below.

As I posted yesterday, my nipples took a beating from C’s barracuda nursing style.  I was desperate for some relief.  After reading up on some customer reviews of several products, I decided to try Motherlove Nipple Cream.  I liked that it had all-natural ingredients – and that it didn’t smell like lanolin.  I hated that smell!

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Which Nursing Style Does Your Baby Have?

According to WhatToExpect.com, there’s the Barracuda, the Excited Ineffective, the Procrastinator, the Gourmet and the Rester.

C is definitely a barracuda.  He attacks his food like it’s going outta style.  It’s no wonder my nipples couldn’t take it.  By his second week of life, I had already decided to exclusively pump (EP).

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C’s 2-Week Checkup

C had his first checkup with his pediatrician this afternoon and he did great.  At 8 pounds, 13 ounces, he successfully surpassed his birth weight!  His doctor prescribed Zantac for his acid reflux.  We will be able to start and stop that for him as we wish to experiment and see if it helps him.  I’m relieved that we can have that to fall back on, since my own experimenting with avoiding certain foods for breastfeeding (spicy, citrus, chocolate, etc.) has yielded zero results.

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Breastfeeding is the Best Diet Ever!

This afternoon I had my two-week doctor appointment to check on my cesarean incision.  I was worried about stepping on the scale at the doctor’s office, because I inevitably weigh more there than I do at home.  Admittedly, I kept my shoes on so that if the result wasn’t favorable I could blame it on that. ;)  However(!), I lost 22 pounds!!!!  I am SO excited.  The most activity I have been able to do in the past 13 days since C’s delivery is going on a couple of slow walks and running a few brief errands around town.  Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that breastfeeding is simply the best diet ever.

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“Superwoman” is a Relative Term

It’s amazing how little it takes these days for me to feel like Superwoman! C was content long enough for me to pump while he sat by me in his Boppy. Then he hung out in his swing while I did dishes, changed the load of laundry and then made myself look presentable for the day. I even fixed myself a snack before he started to fuss! Breastfeeding makes me SO hungry.

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