Just as I created bump updates for you all, I wanted to create updates where I talk about my postpartum journey. These updates will include everything from weight loss to how I am feeling emotionally for that week as well as troubles we may be experiencing. The postpartum experience can be so rewarding, yet so incredibly difficult at the same time. It’s important to find someone to talk with about what you may be feeling and find as much support as possible. You can always feel free to reach out to me in anyway as well! 🙂
I am working on Miles’ birth story and will have that up next week!
Current weight: 150 lbs (on Postpartum day 2) I ended up at 162 pounds overall, which was a gain of just about 40 pounds total
How I feel physically: I feel great! Natural birth allows you to bounce back better and faster in my opinion and I have been on my feet and walking around since giving birth. Only thing is that everything is still a bit numb and it can be sore when coughing, sneezing, etc. I have been taking the occasional motrin for the after birth cramping that goes along with breastfeeding but other than that, I feel pretty good!
Sleep? Pretty non existent but that’s no surprise! I am getting about 3 rounds of 2 hours at night right now which honestly, isn’t too bad 😉
How I feel emotionally: Great so far! I struggled with some PPD after Olivia but never really knew what it was and I wasn’t treated properly. I am feeling very confident this time around and my hormones seem pretty well balanced. Keeping my support close and talking with friends frequently always helps. Try to get out of the house as much as possible, even though it’s a HUGE production. It will make you feel 100% better!
Are you using any postpartum girdle/band? Yes! I will start using my Bellefit band next week! I want to wait until 1-2 weeks post partum to start using it and I will be showing progress pictures as we go along!
Breastfeeding update: Breastfeeding this third time around is smoother than the other two. I had major bleeding issues with the first two and even fissures (large, painful cuts) on my nipples which made breastfeeding excruciating. I have cracks and sores and it certainly is painful right now but I always expect that in the first two weeks. MY best advice? Have a lactation consultant with you while you’re in the hospital. Have them show you as many tips and tricks as they can and make sure to get that latch wide open every single time. It’s SO important. Most pediatrician offices also have staff there that are certified and can help you! I also recommend expressing milk onto the nipple after each feeding and letting it air dry. Walk around your house without a top for the first two weeks. This helps the nipples heal much faster leading to a successful breastfeeding journey right from the beginning! 🙂
If you end up with seriously damaged nipples, don’t give up! EMAIL ME. I have some great tips and tricks for healing!
If you are looking to boost your supply, here is what helped me in the past!
Miles’ current weight & progress: He was born at 8 lbs 9 oz and he went down to 8 lbs 4 oz on discharge (very common for breastfed babies to lose weight at first) and then weighed 7 lb 13 oz at his visit on birth day 2. We are really working on gaining that weight and have another appointment tomorrow to make sure he’s on his way up again. My milk just came in over the past 24 hours and his poop is changing over from black to lighter green and eventually (the goal) yellow seedy poop! C’MON MILES!
Favorite postpartum clothing item this week: Nursing friendly sleepwear. I am working on a blog post about this but here are my current favorites that I am wearing right now:
Favorite postpartum item this week (general): Lactation cookies! I made my lactation cookies when I got home from the hospital and I swear that’s why my milk came in so fast! 🙂
Favorite baby item this week: Moses basket & stand. We keep this downstairs so Miles has a place to nap when we are down there! I just love how beautiful this basket and stand are! This basket and stand is from Restoration Hardware but here is a cheaper version:
How the girls are adjusting: I thought that our oldest would have the easiest time with the transition because she was so excited but it turns out she is having the most difficult time. She has been acting out and I think it’s just a result of wanting more attention and trying to figure out where she belongs in the family line up 🙂 Patience is key and I know that we can get through this in time! Ellie has been great and honestly isn’t acting much different.
Advice for those of you who are in postpartum week 1: Make sure to ask for a lactation consultant while in the hospital if you plan to breastfeed. Getting them on board in the very beginning is so important for a successful latch! Make sure to have a group of supporters that you know you can text or call at anytime. Having someone to ask questions to or even vent to will mean a world of difference!