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post #11 of 23 Old 04-21-2014, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for all the tips!

I will admit that at first it was pretty disappointing to not be able to deliver her naturally, the original birth plan was to go un medicated and natural but after arriving at the hospital on Thursday night to be induced and being in labor until Friday night I was relieved when the doctor made the decision to go ahead with the section. I guess my cervix is just too high up to deliver naturally, eventually it got to the point where when I would contract the baby's heart rate would get too low and she would start to get distressed. By the end she would have been just too exhausted to deliver even if my body could have handled it.

Its been a rough start, my milk wouldn't let down so I ended up making the very hard choice to start her on formula which I was really against. Now that shes on formula shes having a hard time wanting to take the breast as its too much work I guess lol. My milk is finally starting to come in however so I'm hoping once the flow increases as its still pretty minimal she will take to it.

We get to leave in the morning if her morning blood test comes back clean. She had a mild case of jaundice so we had to stay an extra day for photo therapy. But after a night and day under the lights everything seems fine.

I'm starting to really get into caring for her. Babies have always made me nervous and honestly I've avoided them in the past as they were never a part of the plan this early on. We wanted to wait a few years as we're both only 25 but I guess Ella was meant to be and I'm quite glad now.

Without further to do here are a few pictures of Ella. I know I'm biased but I think she's really beautiful and has really pretty features for being a newborn.

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post #12 of 23 Old 04-22-2014, 12:34 AM
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My milk did the same thing. Be strong, you can do it!
We didn't get the natural birth thing so the baby and you were wore/stressed out. Once she gets her strength up stick with it and she'll nurse.
We cried, we pumped, we struggled, but by day three we were pros.

Oh I just wanna kiss her! Well done mamma!
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post #13 of 23 Old 04-22-2014, 12:52 AM
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there are advantages to having a baby be used to both the breast nipple and an artificial one from a bottle. helps to give dad a chance to feed his baby girl. and you can pump for a bit. I think a lot of new mothers haver problems with feeding , at first. hang in there, and try to relax and not sweat it for a few days. it wont' last forever.
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post #14 of 23 Old 04-22-2014, 12:15 PM
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Make sure you take care of your nipples! Use nipple cream often. Wet tea bags placed on them can also be soothing.
When you have a c section, your body doesn't realize right away you have given birth, so it takes longer for the milk to come in. Do not worry about supplementing with formula, I did for all 3 of my kids, and you will grow to welcome it. Your husband can prepare and give baby a feeding while you are sleeping.
Walk often. After the first week or so, make sure you get dressed instead of just wearing your jammies. It will make you feel better. You will still need your maternity clothes until the swelling/bloating goes down.
I found it took me about 3 months to feel completely normal again. Take your time, not only do you have a newborn, you had major abdominal surgery too. Way to go, Mama! :)
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post #15 of 23 Old 04-24-2014, 12:06 AM
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I had 2 c-sections, first one was an emergency one, DS had the cord round his neck 3 times and presented face first rather than top of head first. He got wedged (ouch!) and had to be resusitated when born. Not fun, but he's turned out just fine.

DD was a lot more chilled out, she was a transverse position, so didn't even attempt labour, just straight to surgery.

After DS was born, I had a bit of pain, but my body had copped a pounding during the labour so I expected it. By day three though I was just taking paracetamol. With DD I had her at 4pm, the epidural out at 6am the next day, and DH drove us to our local hospital at 9am (she was born in the major hospital 1.5 hrs away) I think I had panadol for maybe the first 2 days.

It was a huge difference in pain level compared to my first.
So if you had a cr@ppy labour, you might find that recovery is a bit painful.

If you need a c-section again in the future and its planned, you can expect less pain.

If you have help, make the most of it. DH only had maybe two days off work, so I was on my own a lot. However I was in hospital for a week with both babies as they were unwell and needed extra care, so I was home a little later than most.

The pillow idea works well, and is also good when you are feeding baby, either breast or bottle. Whoever said to get up and move is also right. And stand up straight too, otherwise your back will give you hassles. Gentle strolling around the house and yard is good for recovery. Also do your pelvic floor exercises. I made a habit of doing them every time I sat down to breast feed. It helped remind me

Most importantly, stop feeling guilty! You have a healthy baby (who is simply gorgeous by the way!) and thats the important thing. I felt like a failure for way too long after having my two. Nip it in the bud now and just gaze at that cute as a button face, and remind yourself of what you have achieved. You created a new life!! How it arrived is a small thing in comparison.
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The softest organic cotton yoga pants you can find. A maid/nanny! Even if only for a couple of weeks.

I almost missed the pics!!!! AWWWWW didda pwecious!

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Your baby is so beautiful!!! Congratulations! The best advice I can give you - DO NOT refuse help!!! My mom came to stay with me for 2 weeks after my daughter was born and before the C-section I honestly didn't want her there after the birth. I thought she was going to interrupt the time I have to bond with my baby. But after two days I knew I couldn't do it without her - she cooked, did the dishes and washing and all the nasty stuff!
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Luckily we moved home to my mom's before the baby was born specifically for help as I know zero about babies so I've gotten to take advantage of lots of help.

I'm feeling much better about everything now a few days in. Had out first doctors appointment today, I now know to give myself an extra hour before leaving the house with baby :p lol

My pain is way down, I'm pretty much good to go with ibuprofen but have a script of Percocet for when it gets real bad. Actually managed to get over to Wal-Mart today and walk around and do a little shopping without feeling like I want to pass out haha my insides still feel like they might drop out but it's bearable. Having dh around 24/7 to help has made things easy.

Right now my biggest disappointment is breast feeding, I was so determined to do it but it's not working out at all. She latched fine at the hospital but we soon discovered I wasn't producing enough to keep her fed so we started supplementing with formula. After a few days of bottle feeding she won't latch at all, just gets very frustrated and angry whenever I try which is pretty frequently now that I'm starting to produce more milk. I keep pumping and feeding her that as well but overall I'm upset and disappointed that she won't latch and nurse.

I have an appt with a lactation consultant later this week and in the mean time she's suggested I try a nipple shield to try and trick her back to the breast.

So enough of my rambling :) overall we're doing really well and recovery is easier then I thought lol.

Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement!
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post #19 of 23 Old 04-24-2014, 03:18 PM
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Fight for the breast feeding if you want it. I did it for 18 months with my youngest and a year with the others. She's beautiful!!
Make her nurse when she's sleepy, and it will be more natural.
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Good luck with being home.

Any day riding is a good day.
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