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My 4th trimester experience

Updated: Sep 10, 2021


๐–ณ๐—๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—๐–บ๐—‚๐—‡๐—Œ ๐–บ๐–ฟ๐–ฟ๐—‚๐—…๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐—„๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐— ๐—‰๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—๐—‚๐–ฝ๐–พ ๐—†๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐–บ ๐—Œ๐—†๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—†๐—‚๐—Œ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡ ๐–บ๐— ๐—‡๐—ˆ ๐–พ๐—‘๐—๐—‹๐–บ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž. ๐–ณ๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐—„๐—Œ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€!


Here I am on week #17 postpartum. It feels like iโ€˜ve been running a slow marathon up to this point, there has been so much joy mixed in with the hard moments. One thing I donโ€™t think enough of us talk about are our after birth experiences, so here are a few things iโ€™ve learned this far.


Iโ€™d like to say, if youโ€™re going through a similar experience, have recently gone through it, or are about to be please share you thoughts in the comments. Sharing our experiences can really help others to learn and not feel alone if you are going through the same struggles.

๐–ถ๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐–ฝ๐—๐—‚๐—…๐—…๐–พ ๐–ฃ๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐—† ๐–ฏ๐—๐—ˆ๐—๐—ˆ๐—€๐—‹๐–บ๐—‰๐—๐—’ "7 ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—’๐—Œ ๐—‰๐—‰"


Letโ€™s talk about breastfeeding, some people are all for it and some not so much. The lactation consultants have a saying- โ€œbreast is bestโ€ to motivate you into keeping it going but, I like to agree with โ€œfed is bestโ€ because itโ€™s more inclusive since not everyone can or wants to breastfeed.


Since I made my decision to exclusively breastfeed, the next few paragraphs are about that.

Any way- they say if it hurts, you arenโ€™t doing it right, which is only true to a point and let me explain;

If your baby isnโ€™t latching on correctly you are in for a rough ride unless you correct it immediately. There are many different factors as to why your baby isnโ€™t latching correctly;

You arenโ€™t in a good supportive position

Your breasts are engorged and baby canโ€™t get a good enough mouthful, baby needs practice and to be taught. These issues are all 100% normal and can be corrected with some time, patience and practice.


check out this bf for beginners video

My baby and I struggled with latching the first few weeks, this happened with my first too, which resulted in not only just cracked nipples but a full blown deep cut on my right side which than got infected and lead to mastitis.


Yeah, not fun.


I healed with the help of a great lactation consultant, antibiotics, neosporin and lots of ibuprofen and Tylenol. Now Iโ€™m -almost- a BF pro!


After all my struggles and experience feeding not one but, two kiddos from my body there are a few items I swear got me through the early stages.


First, is a good nipple cream to protect your sore nipples from rubbing on your shirt or bra.

Earth Mama organics nipple butter is my life saver, especially after the tiny tube of lanolin from the hospital ran out.

Second, if youโ€™re dealing with the issue I described above youโ€™re going to need some extra protection and something to soothe the pain. My sister in law brought me these medela tender care hydrogels and I ended up buying 5 more and they have saved my poor nips life! Lol


Another boob saving tool I came to use is a vitamin called Lecithin, you can get this at any grocery, cvs or health food store and of course online! Lecithin is a phospholipid, which has both hydrophobic (affinity for fats and oils) and hydrophilic (affinity for water) elements. It's thought to help prevent the breast ducts from getting plugged by increasing the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the milk and decreasing its stickiness. ๐–ฒ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹๐–ผ๐–พ: https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/lecithin-breast-feeding

Another struggle in the early weeks was diaper rash! Which is something most babies get at some point and is completely normal for a newborn to experience. I once read in a recent study, that modern babies gut bacteria is no longer tuned in to fight off diaper rash.

More information on that subject here

The two products that saved my littles booty is Triple paste and when the rash improved I switched to Aquaphor. Both products work like a charm! I hope youโ€™ve found some of this information helpful, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and donโ€™t be afraid to share with a friend.

Hang in there mommaโ€™s youโ€™re stronger than you think and this too shall pass. ๐Ÿ’œ

-Alex





๐–ณ๐—๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–ป๐—…๐—ˆ๐—€ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐— ๐—†๐–พ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ๐—… ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐–พ, ๐—‚๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—…๐—’ ๐—†๐—’ ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐–พ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐–บ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—‚ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—„๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–ป๐–พ๐—Œ๐— ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—†๐—’ ๐–ฟ๐–บ๐—†๐—‚๐—…๐—’, ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—Œ๐—Ž๐—…๐— ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐—†๐–พ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ๐—… ๐—‰๐—‹๐—ˆ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡ ๐—‡๐–พ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–พ ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–บ๐—‡๐—’ ๐—Œ๐—Ž๐—‰๐—‰๐—…๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–พ๐— ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—’ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—…๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐—‡๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐–บ๐—‡๐—’ ๐–ผ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—‹๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐—†๐–พ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ๐—๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—Œ.


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