Viability! Although that's never really mattered much for me in the past, but still happy to have reached it.
Less than 4 months and counting!
Jessica had her 24 week appt. on Wednesday and it went great. His heartbeat was 154 and he was as active as ever while the Dr. was trying to find it.
Next appt. is at 28 weeks, which will also be the 3rd trimester!!!
I have been trying to find a place in ND to go so Jessica can get a 4D keepsake u/s of Max for me, but having little to no luck in that dept. I'd really like to get some extra pictures of my little guy. Not sure what we are going to do, but I guess we still have some time to figure it out.
Since my garden is all planted I had been keeping myself busy with getting cloth diapering essentials. Yes, I am cloth diapering, and I am obsessed with all the cute covers there are. I wanted to do it with Evelynn, but Dereck said that was completely out of the question. Now I have him for the most part convinced, as in I'll be doing all of the laundry and dealing with the extra poopy diapers. Plus, all of the diapers he can change can be the all in ones and I'll deal with the prefolds and covers. Did I mention it is addicting, especially the homemade ones on etsy. So cute!!!
Operation Bring Milk Back for Max:
June 7th- Decided that since I started leaking a tiny bit that maybe I should just give the to pump a shot and see if I get more to come. Plus, I figured if I could get my milk back without meds, that'd be awesome.
Pumped only once a day for about a week and got about the same tiny amount out as I did when I first seen it after the anatomy scan.
June 13th- I had a chat with one of the ladies from the nursing boutique that helped me when I was first donating. She asked me how much milk I was producing while I was donating and couldn't believe how much I was able to put out in a day. She was also really happy to hear that some milk was already coming back with out doing much of anything. She told me that the pumping I did last fall already put me a month or two ahead of most people who want to get there milk to come in because the pumping I did for so long apparently changed my anatomy when it comes to milk production.
She really thinks that I will not need any meds at all, which is awesome, and what I would prefer. For now she thinks I should just start doing about a 10-15 min. boob massage about 3-4 times a day for the next week. Then the following week go up to 5-6 and then 7-8 times a day. She thinks in about a month my milk should be completely back. She said that with most people who have never pumped or breastfed that a month of doing this is the amount of time it would usually take for them to just get a small amount of milk to even appear, where as with me I am passed that so in this time I should be able to be on my pump producing away. Hearing that excites me and I really hope she's right. She recommended that I don't use my pump quite yet, as she is afraid it could wreck my nipples since there is a lot of pull and not much coming with it. My nipples don't seem to be irritated by the pump, so I have been using my pump once a day and then massaging them the other times. So far I am still getting about the same amount of milk to appear as I did when I first noticed it.
Their is herbs that she brought up to me, but honestly I am pretty against most herbs since the majority of them have had little to no testing done on them. Not to mention that the ones people believe could help in milk production, like blessed thistle and fenugreek have absolutely no evidence that they actually work. It was actually something someone made up because some cows were producing a lot of milk and someone thought that since they were grazing in a fenugreek field, it must be because of that. I am also just paranoid of everything that goes into my body these days when it comes to my baby.
Another thing she brought up was taking a concoction of birth control type pills that pretty much trick your body into thinking its pregnant, so milk production supposedly will happen. She said she has never done this with anyone, and again I prefer to not be on anymore meds than necessary.
The last option she brought up to me, which I am going to start in July, is going to see an acupuncturist. I saw one once before, because I had heard it could help with infertility, but hated it. She told me about two people that the boutique always use and that 80+ percent of the women that have gone to them have had great success with their milk coming in. She says they are the best in the state, so I am going to give it another go. When I called one of the acupuncturists and made my appt. the lady seemed to be super confident in my milk coming back almost immediately after the first couple sessions. She actually didn't want to start doing sessions with me until September. It is really important to me to make sure my production is in tip top producing mode and so I told her I want to get it going sooner than later, plus I am leaving the state in September so I need it going before then. Also, I know it is a lot of work to be pumping around the clock everyday and bringing my pump with me places, but this is important to me, and if I have a lot of milk coming then its just more milk I can start saving for my little guy for later.
I so admire your commitment to Breastfeeding Max. You are going above and beyond, but I guess you ALWAYS go above and beyond in everything you do for all your children. I just think you are freaking fantastic if I haven't said it lately! You really are.ReplyDelete
Usually the pregnancy part seems to fly by and yet when I read 24 weeks I thought "only 24"!!! Hurray for viability, but wishing the weeks to fly by! Xoxo
All such great news!!! Glad Max is doing great and also glad to hear you're continuing your pursuit to bring your milk back! Super mom!!! :-) Way to go!!!ReplyDelete
I'd be curious to see how acupuncture helps you. I sure hope it does, of course!ReplyDelete
All great news knowing the baby is doing well and that you're hanging in there. Halfway through the 20s...
Thrilled to hear he has hit such an exciting milestone!!ReplyDelete
Awesome! Viability is such a great milestone. FYI, a friend of mine said Mercy Williston Hospital and Fairlight Medical Center both do 3D/4D u/s. Not sure if either of them are close to Jessica.ReplyDelete
Unfortunately Williston is on the complete opposite side the state from Jessica. It'd be closer to go Minneapolis:(.Delete
You pump and massage away mama. That's so awesome and I hope that milk starts flowing!ReplyDelete
Cloth Diaperig IS crazy addicting. Have you checked out Alva Baby? Cheap (like $5) diapers that are adorable and ship (for free!) from Japan. I've ordered several pocket diapers from them as well as bamboo inserts for Finn's nighttime diapers. The only thing is the pockets aren't great overnight diapers but have Been awesome during the day.
I have mainly bought diapering stuff from Abby's Lane and a few things off of Amazon, Etsy, and CottonBabies, but I'll definitely check this out. I am huge into the wool covers and longies.Delete
Oh my goodness! I hope that I am able to produce milk like you when I finally have my rainbow! That is insanely awesome. And you're doing it all without meds to boot!ReplyDelete
You will LOVE cloth diapering! And Deryck will come around - my husband thought I was crazy and wouldn't do it with our first two, but it only took him a few months to cross over with our last baby, then he was appalled at the idea of paying for paper diapers that we would just throw away! lol! And it's surprised me by being something I really enjoy and will miss when we're done.ReplyDelete
SOOOO excited that your milk seems to be coming along nicely!!
Awesome news! That'll be so great if you can bring your milk in without medication! I'm sure with your determination, it's absolutely possible! Glad to hear Max is doing so well, every day brings him closer to coming home with you :DReplyDelete
Take care Becky,
Mothers milk tea definitely works. I am a RN and heavily researched all things breast feeding. I successfully exclusively bf and pumped for my son for over s year! Oatmeal is great for milk production too! I actually had to avoid it at work so that I would not become engorged!ReplyDelete