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motherhood, day 7

My post-dural headache is GONE. Thank gods.

I have taken two showers and brushed my hair twice in my son's lifetime.

Aiden has a belly button!

Secret of motherhood #37: nursing HURTS. Much like shoving white-hot spikes through my nipples would, I imagine. I've been assured that my technique is fine and the pain will go away, but it may be a week or so. So I've been introduced to the wonders of the breast pump to give my poor nipples the occasional break.

I'm actually getting plenty of sleep. There's just something wrong about that....

And finally, there is a finite, non-zero chance that there will be a six-and-a-half-day-old baby at Mass this evening :)


Sep. 10th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, once you get the hang of it (both you and baby) nursing begins to be fun and relaxing. The nipples do have to toughen up a bit first, though. You'll do fine :) Glad to hear the headache is gone!
Sep. 10th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
What she said...
Most folk start getting "tough enough" between 5 and 10 days, and then it can really be fun for both of you. Letting your nipples air dry really is important; don't forget that...

Some of the LLL ladies have great advice, but are pretty preachy about stay at home moms vs. working moms. Jen, my daughter, tries to sort the good info out from the politics.

I'm glad you're all feeling better!
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Letting your nipples air dry really is important; don't forget that...

Hadn't heard that tip, though I have been slathering them with lanolin after every feeding - thanks!
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Lanolin is wonderful. Let them air dry first, then the lanolin at least half the time. He's going to develop a little "nursing bump" on his upper lip, maybe his lower, too. That's perfectly OK. I don't know if you wear body jewelry of any kind, but nursing is sort of like that -- your nipples aren't used to being wet and pulled on every two hours for 5-20 minutes at a time, each, and then put away under a bra or a bra and a nursing pad. If you give them a chance to dry out, then put the lanolin on, they'll toughen faster. (And if you change your nursing pad, if you're using one, more frequently, it will help, too.)
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
That is, air dry at least half the time, and then lanolin when they are dry. Not lanolin half the time. And the breast milk rubbed in really does help heal nearly anything faster.
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: What she said...
Also: Rubbing a bit of breast milk into the nipple helped me when I couldn't get to my lanolin.

I'm really really happy for you three, when I'm sure that I've only got allergies, I'll make a trip up there. ;-)


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