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December 2012 - the sleep and poo thread (too much of one, not enough of the other)

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PurplePidjin Sun 06-Jan-13 22:45:43


CODwidow Sun 06-Jan-13 22:52:46

Just marking

Secondsop Sun 06-Jan-13 22:54:14

Marking my place!

mamapo I am dead jealous of your expressing abilities. I can't get more than an ounce or maybe 40ml, whether by hand, pump, or a combination, A DAY (I.e. using whatever time I can in the day to express) and that's from both breasts. I know the baby is more efficient than me or a pump at getting out milk, but I wonder whether I have a rubbish letdown.

WillYouDoTheFandango Sun 06-Jan-13 22:55:07

Thank you Pidj just checking in

Thanks pidj

Thanks mama well I manage 2oz a day (ish) so if I do that most days then I can tell DH to defrost 4oz and if ds wants more then do another 2oz. And so on. Hopefully as I won't be out of the house for more than 1 1/2 hrs he shouldn't need too much. I've only got about 6oz in the freezer atm. Oh and my pump does nothing do all mine is hand expressed confused

HoneyMumandSon Sun 06-Jan-13 23:07:29

Dash has always pooed many times a day but the gaviscon has made him constipated and haven't had one all day. Rather dreading the next one

ellliebelle Sun 06-Jan-13 23:27:35

Just marking my place

Bellaboo123 Sun 06-Jan-13 23:29:13

Thanks pidj just checking in

FriendofDorothy Mon 07-Jan-13 00:15:59

Checking in.

Stacks Mon 07-Jan-13 00:17:39

Just checking in.

Not long woke up from a real sleep. DH had T for a nap for the first time ever, so I had the bed to myself and could just sleep without worrying about turning over etc. was only 2 hours but feel do much better. Also really nice to have DH a bit more confident about settling him now, tether than just handing him back after 2 mins saying he's hungry...

MaMaPo Mon 07-Jan-13 00:18:12

Ooh, shiny new thread.

Yes, I'm lucky expressing has gone well. Like everything else it's just luck of the draw, right? I wonder if it can change as supply becomes established.

Just woke up with such a painful right breast - last fed from it 8 hours ago shock and boy does it feel like it.

SpottyTeacakes Mon 07-Jan-13 01:41:33

Marking please.

Ds slept for three hours I expect he would have gone longer if dd hasn't just burst into our room waking him up hmm

I express every day and that gives me about 120ml every two days so that's what ds has in a bottle from dp

Clarella Mon 07-Jan-13 01:50:19

oops I always post in wrong place!

funny how many of us work in social sector 'on the coal face' 

<longs for days of few poos> my son is a pooing machine at one month today  managed to squirt it over 2 meters away today. (is that normal?!) dh manned that one, I'm always prepared with the spare asda poo shield nappy smile

wow stacey all hand expressed? shock

dh finally had success with a bottle of ebm and gave me 4 hours sleep first time in 4 weeks  but didn't know how much, only gave 40ml - I'll tell him try the full 120ml next time. (I get that in one go - is that normal?? mind you I think I read it gradually increases?)

dh refuses to buy anything ever 'unnecessary' stuff but presented me with ds while announcing we need a ewan ..... do we really??!! I pointed out we have an ipod.apparently the oven fan helped this evening hmm

utopian99 Mon 07-Jan-13 02:33:06

clarella i"ve just done the same.. pidj thanks for swanky new Fred, frazzled brain not working!

spotty are breast shells the same as protectors/pads? Have been using boots own brand but they don't always managed for long or i need to change them.every 4 hours?
Might go off and play with my medela to find out how it works and how long to collect 4oz.

utopian99 Mon 07-Jan-13 02:35:16

Reposted since Posted on wrong thread:

Secret is good for me! (Partly cause I used to mouth off about people swamping the news feed with baby photos. Oops. )Well after my last post about 15 min feeds Oz has decided to make a point by going for 1.5hour mega-feeds this morning and again this afternoon! Assume this is growth spurt behaviour.. Currently passed out on my lap but I'm sure all this will change when i get him in his hammock as per usual. 

My boobs are leaking like taps - should i make the most of this an express & freeze for dh to use once a few more weeks have passed OR will this just ramp up production even more? Life or death decisions to be made i know.

SpottyTeacakes Mon 07-Jan-13 04:10:07

No they basically catch any milk you leak so you can use it. I haven't ever used them though you might need to google!

MaMaPo Mon 07-Jan-13 04:23:59

This child! 1.5hours between feeds is not what we are aiming for!

EggsMichelle Mon 07-Jan-13 04:40:15

We are doing 1.5hr intervals for sleep, hardly seems worth sleeping, plus DH has gone nocturnal and I can hear him manically crashing about down stairs!

MaMaPo I working in a low secure forensic hospital, lots of chronics and treatment resistant patients, but the occasional young lad who knows Facebook too well!

Clarella Mon 07-Jan-13 04:43:51

utoptia you could express to ease them off but I was advised only for 10-15 mins in early days - I was initially told by one nurse in hospital to express for 20 mins both sidesor till they stopped dripping which did over stimulate them so then had to try and reduce it back . if you don't all that will happen is they hurt then they ease off as hormones signal its not needed - however might be wise to express a little ti avoid mastitis (this was all advice I was given 10 days in). was told to express in morning too when you've got the most milk.

after guzzling all day mine are like rocks right now, wondering if I can be arsed to express right now

SeymoreInOz Mon 07-Jan-13 06:09:57

Just checking in!

We're doing 1.5 hours too, last night was terrible. I woke up at 2am soaking wet, lying in a huge patch of milk! it must have been leaking out for ages, I think because I was lying on my side slightly squashing one boob! So as well as feeding every 90 mins I had to strip and remake our bed!

It's going to be 43 degrees tomorrow, we don't have air conditioning, I'm really worried about how DS will cope!

CODwidow Mon 07-Jan-13 07:19:02

Well dd had a good night fed 9-11 3:30-4:30 and ive just woke her do she can have a quick Feed before school run but typically ds1 was awake from 3ish with earache so looks like he may miss the first day back.

I've not tried expressing yet but may give it a go in the next few weeks, I'm liking the idea of dh doing a feed especially a night one smile

SpottyTeacakes Mon 07-Jan-13 07:34:55

Well we had a bad night in the end. Ds woke at four and fussed and grunted until six when I had to get up then he fell asleep sad have to leave in fifty minutes to take dd to nursery and I'm exhausted! Is it legal to drive after only four hours of rubbish sleep and one coffee?!

PurplePidjin Mon 07-Jan-13 07:42:29

We got 11-4 but then he refused to sleep so we shared the wriggling. Not sure how I'm going to cope when we get a spare bed organised and I'm on my own for nights sad

Ethan fed at 11 then. 2.45 then 6.15. I feel refreshed today after a 3hr block of sleep. I even managed to get everyone up and in the car by 7.15 (children with breakfast on hand but still in pjs, except Ethan he was fed and dressed smile ) to take DH to work as we have a midwife appointment later so I need the car. Back in bed now, last lazy day with my boy, back to work tomorrow once big dcs are at school! sad

Sorry to hear about fussy babies last night!

HoneyMumandSon Mon 07-Jan-13 08:30:18

We've had a horrible night. The gaviscon has blocked D's insides up completely an he hasn't pooed in 36 hours now and is obviously in pain. He won't be put down and Grizzles 50% of the time even when being cuddled.

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