Friday, January 11, 2013

Breastfeeding class + OMT

Before I launch into a wall of text, check out some cute outfits I got from Kohl's on super sale!




On Wednesday, I took my breastfeeding class.  It was a 2 1/2 hour class at my local hospital.  Personally, I'm disappointed that I'm only doing the one day birthing class.  Everyone in the breastfeeding class knew each other since the rest of the pregnant women are taking the birthing series. Basically, this is going to the hospital every Wednesday for 2 1/2 hours for five weeks.  I was hoping that, by going to birth classes, I would get to network and connect with other mothers in the area.  Hopefully, I will get to meet and chat with other mothers still at the one day class on Saturday.

All in all, I think the breastfeeding class is great for those thinking about breastfeeding or those who already know they are going to breastfeed.  The first half of the class was geared toward convincing the mothers that they should breastfeed.  You know: all the pros.  The thing I did like is they didn't try to bullshit you.  Nothing about there will be no pain.  Some people do have pain.  There are some things you need to be cognizant about such as your health (mastitis), baby weight gain, etc.

For those who may have already made the decision, there are still some great reasons to take a breastfeeding class.  At mine, they showed us the different types of holds for breastfeeding.  They taught us how to unlatch a baby from the nipple, the best ways to get the baby to latch, etc.  They also taught us what to look for to protect yourself from mastitis, how to tell if your baby is gaining enough weight, how to know if you are producing enough milk and if baby is getting enough, etc.  So definitely, a lot for a new breastfeeder to learn about even if you have already made the decision to EBF (exclusively breast feed).

I personally will be EBF - though I will introduce the bottle and pacifier at about two weeks, once my milk supply has come in so that Nate and Em can help feed and bond with baby.

I started OMT - Osteopathic Medical Treatment - on Thursday.  If you've never heard of an Osteopath, they are a DO that combines physical therapy and chiropractory.  It was incredibly painful at first as they put pressure on my muscles and tried to realign my back, neck, hips, and knees.  I had been up since 4 am unable to sleep from pain, so I was nervous this was going to put me in even greater pain.  However, after my appointment, I was able to get decent sleep with very little pain!  I have to see the OMT once a week, but I think it will definitely help.  Again, it's one of those situations where they won't be able to get rid of all my pain until after delivery.  At that point, specially within the first seven days after delivery because of all the relaxin in my body, he feels he will be able to make me a brand new woman.


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