04 September 2010

Adventures in Parenting... Baby #2... Week #1...

So in the hospital we started with Huggies diapers, which have the Umbilical Cord Cut-Out, Wetness Indicator, Leak Lock,  Baby Winnie the Pooh. Then we got home and starting using Pampers with Dry Max and Sesame Street Babies. Even if the features of Huggies did not beat out the features of Pampers, having Winnie the Pooh make Huggies the winner!

On the 3rd day in the hospital, a lactation specialist came by and found that Daniel was latching incorrectly. Because of this, my wife was literally torn up. Then she became engorged just as she could no longer bear the paid of nursing with such damaged nipples, especially once they started bleeding. So for 4 days my son had to use SimiLac Advance Early Shield. I am not a fan of formula, but we had to so what we had to do.

That day I went to see a Chinese Muslim doctor in the area who I have consulted with in the past (I met her when working for the UPS, as we delivered packages to her office every day). Doctor Su informed me that the hot washcloths we were using (according to the advise of old wives tales everywhere) were actually making her nipples worse. She instead prescribed that my wife take 2 mega doses of fish oil with Vitamin E with food every day and to open these pills, rubbing the contents on the affected body parts several times a day.

My wife and my house reeked of stinky fish. But in 3 days her breasts were back to perfect health and Daniel is now back to breast feeding again, which is helping end the engorgement. Now we just await the next trial and tribulation!

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