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Feb/March 2023 Birth Club

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TeddyBeans · 08/03/2023 17:54

Hello my lovelies! I thought I'd make a post birth thread so we can continue our chats now that our little ones are earthside. Feel free to tap out!

20/1 - botleybump πŸ’“ (due 23/2)
10/2 - Amy1303 πŸ’™ (due 27/3)
12/2 - Babynum2 πŸ’™ (due 5/3)
12/2 - Cams50 πŸ’™ (due 2/3)
13/2 - LizziBee πŸ’™
14/2 - BabyNumber3OnTheWay πŸ’™ (due 28/2)
18/2 - Ubbee πŸ’™ (due 27/2)
19/2 - beatingheartbaby πŸ’“ (due 14/3)
21/2 - suchardchoccy πŸ’“ (due date baby!)
22/2 - muminlndn πŸ’“
24/2 - saltandpepperr πŸ’™ (due 6/3)
24/2 - mrs2022 πŸ’™ (due 24/3)
25/2 - JTB123 πŸ’“ (due 1/3)
25/2 - Splashh πŸ’“ (due 8/3)
26/2 - GreenIsle πŸ’“ (due 7/3)
26/2 - LaForza101 πŸ’™ (due 3/3)
27/2 - EastyBaby19 πŸ’™ (due 4/3)
27/2 - Katdemar πŸ’™ (due 4/3)
28/2 - TeddyBeans πŸ’“ (due 26/2)
1/3 - Franklin123 πŸ’“ (due 13/3)
2/3 - Thirdtimesacharm3 πŸ’™ (due 6/3)
2/3 - allthingssparkly πŸ’™ (due 6/3)
3/3 - Blondewave πŸ’™
3/3 - June628 πŸ’“ (due 8/3)
3/3 - Noodle20 πŸ’“ (due 7/3)
6/3 - Shep21 πŸ’“ (due 18/3)
7/3 - MoronikaFaceache πŸ’“ (due 1/3)
7/3 - Room4onemore πŸ’“ (due 17/3)

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TeddyBeans · 24/04/2023 15:08

Izzy's 8 weeks tomorrow and doesn't drink anywhere near a litre a day. Yesterday was 720ml and her last bottle was 8.20, first one this morning was 2.55 so almost 6 hours between them. She then had another at 6.40 so another almost 4 hours between those. Each baby is different and needs a different amount of milk. There's no comparing them unfortunately - what works for one won't work for another

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Babynum2 · 24/04/2023 15:57

My boy has slept from 9pm-5am every night since 8 weeks. We are breastfeeding and once he wakes at 5am we co sleep until 8am

TeddyBeans · 24/04/2023 21:21

Today the bowling club decided to cut down the trees in their carpark directly opposite my living room window. So not only do I have the ugly view of the carpark instead of some newly budding trees, I also have a baby who hasn't managed to nap properly since about 11am and is massively overtired πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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Amy1303 · 24/04/2023 21:27

How much roughly do your little ones have in a bottle, Otis is now 10 weeks old after being born at 33 weeks, exclusively breastfeeding but want to try and introduce a bottle for last feed of an evening for dad to do!

Currently stressing as have a fear of what if something happened to me and I couldn't feed him so considering giving the last bottle as formula, and thoughts or advice?

Just to add he has terrible reflux and is on omeprazole, seems to be down to the iron medicine he's on until 12 months

Thanks ladies xx

havananana · 24/04/2023 21:58

No secret, just a big baby - born 4.3kg, and obviously grown since, so drinking in line with BHS guidelines

havananana · 24/04/2023 21:58

havananana · 24/04/2023 21:58

No secret, just a big baby - born 4.3kg, and obviously grown since, so drinking in line with BHS guidelines

NHS ^

Choc2022 · 24/04/2023 22:41

Hello All,

I haven't posted since the pregnancy thread. After having baby he was admitted to NICU for one month. We are now finally home and getting used to him. He has issues feeding and has an NG tube. I am struggling to find a night routine that works. He is 5 weeks old, is that too early still?

Perexi · 24/04/2023 23:19

Might have had a bit of a meltdown after bottle of breast milk got thrown out, it literally takes two day's of expressing for enough milk for one of his bottles and it's been poured away... totally an accident but my partner saying oh well never mind is not helpful πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I'm on the verge of giving up expressing as it's such an effort this really hasn't helped πŸ˜‚

ChristmasJumpers · 25/04/2023 03:10

@Choc2022 some seem to have a routine but we're still just going with the flow at 5 weeks. She had started to go roughly 4 hours between feeds but her bedtime and wake up time are always different depending on how often she goes between bottles during the day

TeddyBeans · 25/04/2023 03:13

@Amy1303 there's a handy little chart (attached) on the side of the formula cartons that says what they 'should' have at that age. In reality it varies massively from baby to baby. Izzy's in the 8-12 week bracket where she should take 6oz 5x a day but she's doing 5oz 6x a day instead. Are you planning a bottle of expressed milk or formula because that'll have an impact on the amount too.

Feb/March 2023 Birth Club
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TeddyBeans · 25/04/2023 03:20

@Choc2022 glad you're finally home ❀️ my brother had an NG tube when he was born but back in those days, he wasn't allowed to leave the hospital until it was out. I gave fond memories of feeding him through it as a 4 year old!

Izzy was all over the shop at 5 weeks. She still is now tbh at 8 weeks. She would have a late feed (10pm-midnight ish) then another 2-4am ish and then again from 6-8ish but it would never be the same time each day. And then when you think you've got it, they throw you a curve ball and do something completely off plan like go 6 hours between feeds πŸ˜… just gotta roll with it until they're about 12 weeks

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TeddyBeans · 25/04/2023 03:21

*have!

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TeddyBeans · 25/04/2023 03:26

@Perexi I'd be devastated too tbh, especially with such an effort on your part for such a blasΓ© comment πŸ™πŸ’ you've got to do what's right for you, bubs will probably adapt very quickly if you do decide to stop

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Amy1303 · 25/04/2023 05:26

Thank you @TeddyBeans that chart is super helpful, only intend on that one bottle being formula and will continue with breast feeding other than that, I have brought a bottle lf the hip organic milk to try him with him but keep delaying πŸ™ˆ

@Choc2022 sorry to hear your having a tough time, my little boy came home on NG tube too so understand your struggles how ever after just over a week he fully grasped oral feeding and the tube was removed. I hope he's doing ok xxx

muminlndn · 25/04/2023 07:37

@Amy1303 my LO is bottle fed and 9 weeks or could say 5 weeks adjusted. Given Otis is only 3 weeks adjusted I wouldn't worry if he takes less than 90ml/3oz really, if he falls asleep you can try to rouse him a couple of times but I wouldn't worry about quantity too much. 90ml is the max mine will take each feed really, although the evening feed does seem to be the biggest.

@Choc2022 welcome home! Mine had a tube too, she was very sleepy and small (since she didn't gain weight in the hospital so dropped centiles) but eventually she 'woke up' and then she started finishing her bottles in the day, and finally the night ones too. Still at this point (9 weeks, 5 adjusted) I aim for/expect 3 hourly feeds at night but she is finally starting to do a slightly longer stretch. I think they start telling you as they get older that they want to be put to bed by being a bit unsettled around 8/9 so I put her down around 9 with a small top up feed and she'll sleep until 1, but that's only started this week. There's definitely no fixed bedtime or night routine, it's just how the last feed lands and her temperament.

RoamSeeker · 25/04/2023 10:19

Babynum2 · 24/04/2023 15:57

My boy has slept from 9pm-5am every night since 8 weeks. We are breastfeeding and once he wakes at 5am we co sleep until 8am

This gives me hope! What was he like before that? Does he sleep between 5-8?

Rainbowbaby23 · 25/04/2023 10:28

My baby is literally screaming starving every TWO hours, is this normal? I don’t think I will ever sleep again lol

Babynum2 · 25/04/2023 13:48

@RoamSeeker he is awake from about 6pm-9pm and really moody screams most of the time. He feeds on demand most of the day normally every 2 hours

Blocklynn · 25/04/2023 14:14

@Rainbowbaby23 Evie has apparently regressed to wanting feeding every 2 hours at the moment, it was 3-4 hours previously πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ
The problem with that is it takes nearly an hour to feed her at the moment so not much time between feeds at all!

Rainbowbaby23 · 25/04/2023 14:17

@Blocklynn yeah Kyrie is the exact same! Maybe it’s to do with a growth spurt?

Blocklynn · 25/04/2023 14:54

@Rainbowbaby23 oh I hope so!

Perexi · 25/04/2023 15:03

TeddyBeans · 25/04/2023 03:26

@Perexi I'd be devastated too tbh, especially with such an effort on your part for such a blasΓ© comment πŸ™πŸ’ you've got to do what's right for you, bubs will probably adapt very quickly if you do decide to stop

Yeah, he was trying to be nice it just came out wrong and I was not happy to be calmed down πŸ˜‚

I know I think we'll stop soon as it's just such an effort and my milk just never came in properly just one of those things really. He has a cold at the moment so trying to get any immune system benefits into him that I can but ultimately he's gaining weight and happy so it's totally fine. it's more me than him as it's my body that's not behaving so it's taken away the decision really and because I'm stubborn I'm trying to make it work πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

BabyTalbot1 · 26/04/2023 20:17

C-section Mummies..... how is your recovery going?

I am 4 weeks PP and overdone it last week. It took me 4 days on the sofa to recover. I am a FTM and did not stop to consider the impact of a C-section. I bought a new pair of maternity jeans today...I never thought I would buy them after giving birth! I loved every change in my body during pregnancy, but I am struggling with the changes after birth.

AK93 · 27/04/2023 09:37

@BabyTalbot1 generally could forget I had one except still have a tingly tummy above scar. Occasionally I feel I could be overdoing it, I think I do get more blood/lochia if so as it dies down then comes again. If you don't mind, in which ways did you suffer after overdoing it? Did you have pain/aches?
I'm still wearing my maternity leggings although I think I need something a bit tighter to pull my tummy in now πŸ˜†

Newmumma516789 · 27/04/2023 10:03

@BabyTalbot1 I'm currently 7 weeks post section and I would say it's probably only been the last two weeks where I've noticed it's so much better. I was still feeling sore if I did too much and worried it wasn't healing, but I would say the 5/6 week mark it faded completely.

As for my stomach it still looks very swollen and I have no hope of fitting in my pre pregnancy clothes despite exercising throughout my pregnancy. This is my second section can't really remember the recovery with my first but I was in my best shape ever by 12 months post partum, so you do get there eventually.

I'm really struggling with how my body looks currently, so completely understand.

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