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what I've learned...

  • All things you worried or stressed about early on get so much better at about 3 to 4 weeks.  And even more so after about 8 weeks.
  • Sometimes he will love the bottle and sometimes he will act like it is his worst enemy.
  • A pacifier works, but not every time.
  • Sometimes, they just want to be held and that is okay.
  • If your baby doesn't complete a feeding, pump it off.
  • Drink water.  Lots of water.  Like a friend of mine said... if you can feel that your hands and feet are dry, you aren't getting enough water.  My biggest thing is headaches.  I get them frequently when I'm dehydrated and not getting enough fluids.
  • I started pumping quite a bit more and it's not feeling all that good.  The pump just isn't as kind to my body as baby C. Ouchie-wa-wa.
  • I have to keep reminding myself that when I pump, I need to pump at least the amount of milk that C is eating when he's away from me.  More than what he's eating is fine, just not any less.
  • I have Fenugreek on hand, just in case my milk dips.  I haven't used it just yet, but I have it.  I've heard that for some it works and for some it doesn't.  I hope I don't need it, but you just never know.
  • I'm completely comfortable with nursing.  Nursing in public doesn't bother me, however, certain situations, I have found where I will nurse in the car verses wherever we are.  It's just so make sure that I don't make someone else uncomfortable.  I'm not ashamed, I would just rather be comfortable and not making someone else uncomfortable.  He's got to eat when he's got to eat though, sometimes that means I won't make it to the car.
  • Pumping at work isn't much fun, but I bring home a lot of milk for C and that makes me happy.
  • If they eat only on one side, pump off the other so you aren't uncomfortable.
  • Don't forget burp cloths.  And not just one, but a couple.  You never know what's going to happen.
  • Not every grocery cart fits the Chicco car seats in the front compartment.  Target is the best, but the others are just junk.
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