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    Default IVF Babies due Jan/Feb/Mar 2013 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by SL1009 View Post
    So weird no one has said you HAVE to express before birth - so unusual as proper milk doesn't come in until placenta is out! Midwife mentioned that some women leak so that they have to express before birth - but it's only colostrum I think!! Just waiting until bubs is here is the best thing I think.
    Yeah that's what I think thanks
    Yeah it is the colostrum there talking about but I still have 7 wks to go and my sister is the same just wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Della77 View Post
    Hello Ladies! Wow so much can happen during a week, I just haven't been finding the time to get on here as much as I would like!
    Hugs and Congratulations Broom and Meshell, on the births of your precious daughter and son!

    A couple of tips from me... Find a really comfortable nursing bra, my favourite is the Elle Macpherson Intimates - Maternelle bra, it is a little high under lower cut tops, but the lace edge just looks like it is a singlet though. But I guess any bra without padding or wires, and a little stretch would be just as comfy, but I do recommend this one.
    Also, I found having a 'reminder' helps as to which side I am up to feeding, you wouldn't think you would forget, but for some reason I do. I just have a wrist band or hair band on my wrist and change it over each feed.
    Daniel is surprisingly good for a new born, he hardly cries... but I guess I go to him at the first sound! You can't spoil a new born! He feeds every 2-3 hours in general, but most afternoons decides to have a cluster feed, where he will feed constantly from one side to the next over about and hour or two, he only drinks for about 10mins each side (and only 5 minutes of those are good sucking!), he then goes to sleep, I put him down, he wakes up normally within 10 mins, and then he drinks the other side, as I said this goes on for up to an hour or two, it is a bit exhausting, but I figure he is stimulating milk production and it is also a perfect time for cuddles and bonding.
    I do stress about not having enough milk, but he gets plenty of wet & dirty nappies and seems contented. My biggest issue with BF is latching on, just make sure their mouth is WIDE open, I feel sorry for him sometimes when he thinks he is starving, and just let him be 'greedy' and chomp on... bad move though, they have to learn to do it properly too. I wouldn't be able to successfully BF without Lansinoh, even though BF sites say the creams don't make a difference, it really does help me, may not be everyones cup of tea though. Sorry for the massive narrative!
    Take care beautiful ladies & precious bubs!
    Hey Della thanks for the info and glad to hear all is going well with Daniel. Midwife at my BFing class recommended lansinoh so will be getting some next time I'm at the chemist

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    Default IVF Babies due Jan/Feb/Mar 2013 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by Nala9000 View Post
    Beta, if you ladies didn't tell us what is going on with your little ones we would be so upset!!

    So if I'm not a mum by tues next week they are inducing me. Get a patisserie on tues night and we go from there. Waters to be broken on wed and hopefully a bubba all healthy. Any if you mums been induced? I'm really worried about the onslaught of pain from the contractions...
    Oh my goodness so close Nala

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    I picked up this thing called a breast mate at the baby expo...I set it up and it's pretty cool - it's got time,date,alarm clock, nightlight and room thermometer. Main feature though is breast feeding timer. One for left and one for right. Lights up on the opposite side to where you finished so you don't forget. It stores I think 2 or 3 weeks history then you download the info on your computer and can print it out! Technology these days. Really cute covers so it looks like a little animal face (I have the cow cover on) and the buttons for breast feeding timing are the ears! Also the light is red if the room is too warm and blue if too cold - cost us $80 but hopefully will be worth it can't wait to start using it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs simmo View Post
    Yeah that's what I think thanks
    Yeah it is the colostrum there talking about but I still have 7 wks to go and my sister is the same just wait
    Perhaps it has something to do with bubs only needing 2ml of colostrum versus 20ml of formula... By the sounds of it bubs who's mums have had GD generally get topped up with formula to balance blood sugar, if you have expressed colostrum there might be less need for them to use formula... Maybe, call you hospital & ask to talk to the lactation specialist. They are the experts!

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    Amy and beta, this is what I am worried about. Beta, you sound a lot like what i wanted my labour to be like. But I think being induced I will ask for the epi as the punch so to speak and the continuous contractions will become quiet stressful. I worry that will epi will lead to forcepts and other complications, as they say once you interfere it can cause more intervention if you know what I mean... I was all confident and now not so confident in my abilities.

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    Broom... I was wondering if you ended up taking the raspberry leaf tablets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nala9000 View Post
    Amy and beta, this is what I am worried about. Beta, you sound a lot like what i wanted my labour to be like. But I think being induced I will ask for the epi as the punch so to speak and the continuous contractions will become quiet stressful. I worry that will epi will lead to forcepts and other complications, as they say once you interfere it can cause more intervention if you know what I mean... I was all confident and now not so confident in my abilities.
    From my research, it seems the cascade of events is more associated with induction I.e forceps, cs etc rather than epi. This is because the contractions on top of each other tend to not give the baby a break which can result in fetal distress. The epidural side effects are quite rare according to the anesthetist who consented me and is very safe for baby. If you have a good obs the induction will be better managed and hopefully not result in problems. I guess any labour can become problematic there has just been loads of research done with induction and the healthcare team will be watching for the usual signs that things are progressing to intervention. It sounds like you would like to keep the stress down for yourself (brilliant to be aware of what may cause it i think) which will result in less stress for baby so epidural sounds very justified! I think mine only went so well because I asked for it the minute I arrived, my pain really was 10/10 from posterior associated back pain that was relentless, way worse than the contractions. Actually afterwards my DH said he didn't realize I was in so much pain until we got to the hospital (it escalated in the car because all the calm birth techniques he was doing for me got put on hold in the car then I lost the plot). If you had calm birth plans in your mind it can take a while to get your head around a new plan I think. I also watched you tube clips of calm birth and epidurals and to be honest the only birth that looked calm was ones with an epi! I didn't tell my DH I was binning the calm birth plan and going for an epi until we were on the way to the hospital although I had decided 2 days earlier. I found I was trying to do things the way others expected but secretly I was absolutely petrified of labour and almost started wishing I could have a c sec. The epi was the perfect happy medium. I did get a small 1st degree tear but it was healed in 6 days. Which reminds me, if you do get one I suggest taking pain relief (i avoided it for the first 24 hours which was really silly) when I got home I started taking voltaren and Panadol regularly and boy did that help!

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    Default IVF Babies due Jan/Feb/Mar 2013 #4

    Good luck tomorrow Mrs Optimistic!

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    Thanks AmyEL! Am up and ready to get to the hospital - didn't sleep, too excited! Will post when I'm up for it - hope everyone else is well! x


 

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