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mandigirl1

Member Since 25 Jun 2005
Offline Last Active Jan 07 2009 05:27 PM
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In Topic: Is Tylenol Safe?

07 January 2009 - 05:27 PM

Yes, regular Tylenol is safe to take while pregnant (in fact its the only one recommended by most doctors). If you have a cold, Tylenol Cold is fine too. Hope you feel better!

In Topic: Which Formula Is gluten-free?

14 December 2008 - 07:58 PM

Fiddle Faddle,
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain all the benefits of breastfeeding. I really appreciate all of your advice, which was quite helpful. Im going to really try to breastfeed, and if I cant, then I cant. At least I tired, right?
Also thank you to everyone else who answered my questions. Its so nice to know there are such kind Celiacs out there who can help other Celiacs. You guys rock!

In Topic: Which Formula Is gluten-free?

14 December 2008 - 07:55 PM

I also wanted to mention that all three of my kids were in daycare part-time. They were the only kids there who were breastfed past the time that they started daycare(9 weeks old), and all 3 of them got sick WAY, WAY less often than the other kids there.

One year, many of the kids in the infant room with my daughter ended up admitted to Children's Hospital with dehydration when a particularly nasty stomach virus went around. My daughter got the virus, but didn't become dehydrated, because she was breastfed.

You can breastfeed a baby with a stomach virus, and the breastmilk absorbs so quickly, even if they throw up 10 minutes later, a good deal of it will have been absorbed already, which both gives them the immunoglobulin A they need to fight the virus, and keeps them hydrated.

Contact your local LaLeche League about the breast augmentation question--I would bet that someone there could help you. Even those of us who NEVER had anything done to our breasts have had difficulty getting started nursing, and it's SO much easier if you have someone to coach you (doesn't that sound strange????) right from the beginning.

The best advice I got from anyone regarding the birth was to ask for the hospital's lactation consultant to come to your room BEFORE you even try to breastfeed. (My sister-in-law told me to ask the minute the baby popped out!)

Breastfeeding might be natural, but for some of us, it sure didn't feel natural right from the start! I felt like the world's biggest klutz--I couldn't figure out how to hold the baby (didn't help that he was only 4 1/2 pounds), I couldn't figure out how to get him to latch on, and I had no "built-in" instinct for it whatsoever.

But the Lactation Consultant helped me, and it worked!

Oh--I think the hospitals are still telling new moms to nurse every 2-3 hours, and that is NOT enough for most moms! Some moms can manage that way, but for most first-time moms, every 30-90 minutes during the day is the way to go!

I know it sounds insane, but the lactation consultant told me that this was best for several reasons:
1) the more you nurse during the day, the better the baby sleeps at night (TRUE!)
2) the more often you nurse during the first week, the less likely you are to get engorged. The reason many moms become engorged is that they aren't nursing often enough.
3)the more often you nurse during the first week, the sooner your milk comes in, and the more milk you produce.
4) the more often you nurse, the more often you get to sit down, put your feet up, and cuddle that baby!

The reason I thought I should provide you with this info is that I had a neighbor who had had breast surgery to remove some cysts, and she was told she might not be able to nurse.

She did produce milk, but was told that she didn't have enough. She was nursing the baby every 3-4 hours, as instructed by the doctor--and that's a formula schedule. Breast milk digests in less than an hour (because it's easy to digest); formula takes 3-4 hours (because it's not easy to digest).

And if you try, and it just doesn't work, well, at least you tried! Like the other poster said, don't sweat it!


In Topic: Which Formula Is gluten-free?

10 December 2008 - 05:29 PM

Thank you for your helpful suggestions.....
I should mention that I had breast augmentation and may not be able to breastfeed because of this. I guess I'll know more once I give birth and try to breastfeed.
Someone mentioned not to introduce gluten to my child until "the normal time"...Im not sure I know what normal time means????
So from what Im reading here/trying to understand is that it is especially important to breastfeed since the mother has Celiac? I may pass the celiac disease along to my baby, so therefore, its better to not give formula? I hope Im understanding this correctly.
Most formulas have the common allergens like soy and dairy?

In Topic: 6 Months Pregnant

09 October 2008 - 01:16 PM

I did the 3 hour glucose fast test last week and my numbers came back fine. Luckily, I do not have GD. Yes, my doc warned about putting on too much weight as it could lead to a difficult delivery. He aslo suggested I go to the gym and exercise more. Im just to exhausted by the time I get home after a day of teaching all day. I'm stuck in a food "rut" and eat the same stuff all the time. Ive had this problem before I got pregnant, too. I will eat the same thing until I get sick of it! Then find something else to become addicted too. Before it was PNB and Jelly on rice cakes and pizza (no, not at the same time! LOL!)