Cluster feeding begins to happen at this time. Hang in there. Use the rescue remedy cream to help with sore nipples and airdry your nipples as much as possible. Also letting breastmilk dry on nipples is very healing (breastmilk is also great for pink eye and baby eczema…in some countries they store extra breastmilk to keep senior citizens healthy…you are creating great stuff!).
You have passed a milestone. Hooray! Your body has figured out the fluid level, the general timing of when and how much the baby wants to nurse.
You should no longer feel the engorgement/swelling and often this freaks moms out thinking “Maybe I don’t have enough milk”. You have enough milk, it’s just your body has adjusted.
How to check you have “enough” milk: Baby is filling about 10 diapers a day and baby is gaining weight.
If you have not already joined a breastfeeding support group or postpartum class now is the time! Nothing like hanging out with people having a similar experience to know that you are not crazy and all of this very new stuff is normal, maybe weird and wonderful, but normal.
Creating space for your organs and your baby can be a big deal in pregnancy and it is nice to know some poses you can do on your own!
This can also be used for others who need to create more flexibility in their ribcage.
Thread the Needle on the Wall:
Bring the chair to the wall and straddle the chair facing the wall. Place the arms up the wall and tuck the tail under. Take 10 deep breaths into the side of the ribs and also down in the sit bones.
Now, thread one arm between the chest and wall walking the arm and hand under opposite armpit and as far from the breastbone as possible. Turn the head so the ear is on the wall and the nose is facing the threaded arm’s hand. Angle the hand either in line with shoulder or lower, find your comfort zone. Take 10 deep breaths.
Come back to center walking both hands as high up the wall as you can and take 10 deep breaths. Feel the difference between the 2 sides.
Now, thread the other arm through finding the comfort zone for this arm and shoulder. It could be quite different. Honor that difference. Take another 10 deep breaths.
Come back to center and take another 10 breaths noticing the changes!
This is great for opening shoulders, chest and ribs and it’s easy on the knees!
In the last trimester of pregnancy getting a good deep breath or even having room for more than a snack can become a problem. Getting some temporary space can feel heavenly. Here is a partner pose that can help create space.
Mom sits with big toes together and knees far apart. She sits as heavily on her feet as she can while tucking her tail under while being pulled up.
Partner stands either in front (or for taller folk like in the picture, behind) and lifts mom from shoulders, while mom holds on to shoulders or arms. Partner gently coaxes the ribs up and away from the pelvis.
(Thanks to Mami and Paul for demonstrating!)
Now everyone take 5-10 deep breaths!
This can be helpful in labor as the sitting down action can help the baby drop while mom gets a good deep breath!