Lessons Learned from the Hospital Stay

Due to the fact that I should be using this time to sleep, I’m going to allow myself 10 minutes for this entry. We’ll see how this goes!

Egan is my third baby, so I pretty much knew what to expect to happen at the hospital. However, I had a really good experience this hospital stay compared to my previous one, so I thought I would share a little about what made it better because A) there could be a mom-to-be out there that could find some of this info helpful, and B) inquiring minds want to know! Rats, I’m already down to 7 minutes left! So, some quick bullets on the subject:

~ We didn’t lug all of our stuff into Labor and Delivery. I packed a small bag for L&D with essentials like the camera, and then a suitcase for postpartum. That made life a little less complicated. (Of course, if you get to stay in the room that you deliver in like I did with my first baby, it doesn’t matter so much. Lucky you!)

~ Josh brought in my lap top, and we listened to Pandora while I was in labor. Genius, no? I wasn’t sure if I would want music or not, but I ended up really liking having it to distract me from the contractions!

~ I brought my own breast pump, and I think it was the most important time/money/stress saving thing that I did! I rented a hospital grade pump with the first two babies. They’re pretty pricey, and you have to wait for a lactation specialist to see you and set you up with the pump. After Izzy and I got established with nursing, my mom bought me a Medela Swing to use for pumping supplemental bottles. I brought it with me to the hospital this time, and I was able to start pumping without waiting on lactation! I thought that they would really push for me to have a hospital grade pump to help bring in my milk, but the lactation specialist actually gave me 2 thumbs up for having the Swing!

~ I brought dish detergent and a bottle brush. I know it sounds weird, but they don’t give you anything to clean your breast pump with. So, even if you just want to use the hospital’s pump, I highly recommend bringing dish washing supplies – it made our lives easier, and earned another couple thumbs up from the lactation specialist!

~ I didn’t let myself get stressed out over feedings like I have in the past. The first week of nursing is hard…but stressing out over it doesn’t make it any better! I gave myself a mental break. Egan and I worked at nursing as much as we could, and I supplemented with a little formula with the feedings that didn’t go so well. We made it through just fine and I haven’t had to supplement since the day he came home from the hospital!

~ I was much, much more assertive about the way I wanted things. I wasn’t afraid to ask the nurses to have things a certain way. And guess what…they didn’t mind at all! I was especially assertive about staying on top of my pain meds. I typically avoid taking medicine if I can until the pain gets unbearable – but I knew that since this was a third baby, I would be having horrible after birth cramping, especially when I nursed. I let my nurses know that I wanted pain medicine as regularly as possible, and they were great about it. Of course I still had cramps, so I can only imagine how bad they would have been if I had not taken anything prior!

~ I stayed out of the hospital bed as much as I could. Hospital beds are highly uncomfortable for someone who has had a vaginal birth, but in the past I have felt obligated to stay in it. Not this time!!!

OK, so that took more than 10 minutes…but it was less than 20…


2 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from the Hospital Stay

  1. Thanks! We are planning on having kids soon (Lord willing) and this information is stuff I just wouldn’t know. Why do third babies have the most cramping?

  2. @vegasgal05 – Can’t wait to hear you are expecting your first little one!!! It’s not so much the third baby specifically, but after birth cramping (usually) gets worse with each child you have. I’m not exactly sure why, but I would guess that it’s because your body has done this before, so it sort of has muscle memory.

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