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I hope you have people around you to pick up the slack.  My first daughter was four weeks early and ate and slept on an accelerated cycle.  When she slept, I slept.  I have no idea what went on outside the small circle where my arms wrapped around her.  You are not self-indulgent; you need this time.  You are starting a long march and you have to marshal your strength.


Thank you so much for your kind and reassuring comment.  My son has also been eating on a somewhat accelerated cycle; he was jaundiced, and it was important for him to eat a lot in a very short period of time.

My husband was able to take off for four weeks at the beginning, which was wonderful, but that comes to an end shortly.  I have a lot of friends willing to jump in, though.

Again, many thanks.  It's very comforting to know I'm not alone!


Jaundice appears to be common, my daughter spent a week under the blue lights and my parents drove me to the hospital twice a day so I could try to breast feed.  This was in 1981 when there was no Family Medical Leave Act.  Thank goodness I had parents.  I had saved all my vacation at work and got two weeks off officially so I had a total of five weeks before going back to work.  My oldest daughter is a beautiful adult and we are very close.  She is strong and healthy.  Smiles and hugs

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