Today is exactly 1 week since U-Shern was born. It is exactly one week since I endured both natural birth contractions 'til the end but ended up having an emergency caesarian! *grins
U-Shern did not know how to suckle on my breasts on the first day he was born. He was merely enjoying my nipples in his mouth. I had to squeeze the colustrum out for him.
However, U-Shern started suckling well the next day.
On my 3rd day post delivery, my milk started coming in. I could felt my breasts muscles tightened in the middle of the night at around 2am. I thought I could sleep it off and then see to this matter in the morning. Little did I know that that was the biggest mistake I could ever make.
Both my breasts were fully engorged at 6am. I almost cried when the nurses there helped me to massage them using hot pad.
On the 4th day, U-Shern got over his lethargicness and started suckling on my breasts vigorously. Thus I had to endure not only breasts engorgement but also sore/cracked nipples.
Thanks to Bepanthen ointment, they did not bleed YET.
I was so committed to breastfeeding and also read up so much about it, yet, I was not prepared enough. As of now, breastfeeding is really TOUGH! I was almost in tears (sometimes really in tears) due to my breasts engorgement.
Breastfeeding requires me to 'feed-on-demand' and U-Shern demands for milk every 2 hours. My nipples barely had time to heal and there goes the little piranha again!
But I guess it is because I do not produce enough milk for him. After direct feeding him, I can only express out slightly more than 1 1/2oz of EBM. That is little I know.
Poor U-Shern had jaundice. He was put under photo/light treatment on his 3rd day.
He bacame lethargic and refused to suckle on my breasts. This is a bad sign because he was very dry due to the photo/light treatment. I had no choice but to express out my milk and to ask the nurse to feed him using a feeder cup/soft cup.
I had to stay in Island Hospital for an extra 2 days because of U-Shern's above the borderline jaundice level. When he was allowed to be discharged on Wednesday 10 June 2009, his jaundice level is only at borderline at 170+ reading.
Took him sunbathing in the morning but his jaundice level still increased to 213 on Thurs and then 220 on Fri. The nurse at the goverment clinic in Tg Bungah also advised us to send him to the hospital.
So poor U-Shern is now back to the hospital yesterday Fri 12 June 2009. I did not stay there as a lodger this time. Instead, I send over my EBM to the nursery every once in a while and also to direct b/f him while I am there.
If not enough, I requested the nurses there to top up with formula milk. I cannot be too stubborn on saying NO to formula because U-Shern needs more liquid in order to dispose out all the jaundice in his body - he needs to pee and poo-poo more.