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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