It has been a little while since I stopped pumping, and it has been much much longer since DS has been in the NICU, but I thought I would share some of my pumping tips with everyone before I completely forget them...
It is CRUCIAL to use a double electric pump while your baby is in the NICU. It is much more difficult to increase and maintain your supply without having a newborn who is actively breastfeeding, so trust me, you'll need all the help you can get!
Try to relax as much as possilbe when you pump. This is obviously hard to do, since having a baby in the NICU is inherently stressful, but just remind yourself that this is one of the best things you can do to benefit your baby while they are growing strong in the hospital. Some people like to think of their baby while they pump, but I found that it is sometimes just as good to take your mind off the stress of the entire situation by listening to music or watching a favorite tv show.
The NICU's Lactation Consultant worked with me to help increase my milk supply, and she explained to me a helpful method of doing so called "Power Pumping." Basically you pick one 1 hour block of time during the day, and during that time, you would pump for ten minutes, and then rest for ten minutes. I always chose to do this after I got home at night before I started getting ready for bed. The short bursts of pumping will help to stimulate your supply... I found it to be very helpful!
That is all I can remember right now, but I know my LC gave me a list of pumping tips that I may still have lying around here somewhere. Everyone else should contribute their tips as well!View Thread
Hello, Thinking back to when my son was younger, I vaguely remember that it took him a while for him to be able to focus and/or track objects with his eyes. Considering that he is only 12 days old adjusted, I would not be overly concerned.
And also, I know the adjust ages are used to compare our preemies to full term babies, but sometimes it just takes a little bit extra time for the our guys to get going and "catch up". My son was always a smidge behind on milestones even according to his adjusted age, but at 18 months, he is pretty much caught up with his peers at this point. Continue to be vigilent... it is a good idea to ask your ped and get these things checked out... but try not to get overly anxious and worried. HTH!View Thread
He may have reflux. Actually, I would put money on it because it is so common for preemies, even later term preemies. Call your ped to talk about your situation, and ask for more information about it. My son actually had "silent" reflux, where he never actually threw up, but the stomack acids would travel up his esophogus and really mess up his eating. He was on Zantac from 6m-1y and did really well, except that I wish I found out earlier. GLView Thread
Hi There! I just saw you post on the Intro thread... how are you doing? I remember you from the pregnancy boards and was so upset when I heard you went early You are probably very busy with two little men on your hands... I hope they are doing well (sounds like they are)! So yeah, just thought I would say hi View Thread
1. How many children do you have? Just one! My little man Brandon
2. Are you the mom, the dad, the grandparent, or someone else? I'm the mommy!
3. Does a parent stay home with your child/children or do they go to daycare? DH and I switch off shifts during the day to take care of DS. DH works from about 4-8am. When he gets home, I head to work. It is exhausting, but it worked. I think we are going to try and do daycare soon, but til then...
4. Was parenthood exactly what you thought it would be? I don't think I had many expections going into it, so no!
5. Do you want more children? Maybe, but not anytime soon!View Thread
How old is your LO, and has the doctor actually examined her for an ear infection or any other kind of illness or medical problem like reflux? If there isn't any obvious medical cause for the bad sleep, my first guess would be teething. I know my DS will sometimes wake up screaming multiple times a night when he is cutting a tooth. He is also just a wild and crazy sleeper in general, so he constantly tosses and turns in his sleep at night.View Thread
3. How long were you in the NICU, if at all? 3 weeks
4. Why was he/she born early? I had PROM... I was sick all day, and my water just ended up breaking that night! Other than that, I had a totally uneventful pregnancy.
5. How big is your LO now? He is 13 1/2 months now. I am not sure of his exact measurements now, but at his 12 month appt he was 22lbs 6oz and 32 inches tall... he is my little stringbean!
6. Newest accomplishment? He's just recently learned to give us kisses! He is also starting to make some progress with his shape sorter. He will sometimes try to put the shape in the wrong slot, but if you point to the right hole the shape is supposed to go in, he can usually manuver around the shape to get it in!View Thread
Here are some of my thoughts in response to your questions:
Is it hard to read because your board/conversations move too fast? -No, not at all. I think that conversations are actually moving more slowly with the new format.
Is it because the What's Happening Now feed only shows what's new? -No, this was same with the old board, so I don't think that is the problem either.
Is it because you can only see 15 posts at a time on the What's Happening Now page? -Yes! You don't see as many new posts and you need to scroll alot to see all of the front page posts.
Is the page too cluttered? Sort of. I don't think the problem is with the amount of content so much as the layout of the content. None of the separate sections (e.g., Helpful Tips, Popular Discussions, etc.) are deliniated by borders or colors so they all just tend to blob together on the white background. I have actually clicked on the wrong links a few times because it is so hard to see when one section ends and another begins. I also personally am not a fan of having bits of the post conversation show up under the title on the front page... it takes up too much room, and if I like the title, I will just click on the link anyway.
One other dislike is that the most recent poster's name shows up under the post title on the main page. I find that this makes it more difficult to track posts that you may want to follow. I don't think it would be bad to include the name of the last poster, but I think the name of the original poster should also be included for consistency. HTH!View Thread
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