Saturday, March 24, 2012

Got Milk?

This girl does! ( i know i know, this post is rather up beat compared to yesterdays, but hey such is my life, up some down some so hey) And though not plenty of it at the moment, but I'm working on it. And yes I'm talking about breast milk. The one thing my body seems to allow me to do right, well somewhat right, almost right, pretty darn close to right. But then again since this is new territory for me ( the last three times it came in, my only mission was figuring out how to dry it up) maybe it is going right. It actually came in about 4 or 5 days after jace was born. I couldn't give it to him right off though because while in the hospital I ran a few fevers so as a precaution for his help they told me to pump and dump. So let's just say he only got a little bit of colostrum, but he's mainly gotten milk. But hey it's the least I can do feel involved during his visit at casa del NICU. At this point I haven't even gotten one ounce or if so it's right at one ounce. Most of the time it's about a half to a little over a half of an ounce, and so far lefty is the leader at producing which makes me nervous because I don't want to eventually be lopsided. Also, I must say pumping HURTS! Well at least it did. I've gotten used to it and have learned what level is comfortable to me. It's hard for me to believe that when the time comes that Jace's little mouth will be more powerful than the pump. But I will will myself to keep at it. I want to give him my best and hopefully my body will cooperate. So if any of you out there have any pumping advice I'd love to hear it. Oh and just in case you need to know I use the Madella Pump in Style advanced ( don't know if that matters or not, but just in case it does.)


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I can't wait for you to be able to nurse him. I was never comfortable with nursing in public so I would make up bottles. My children both pulled away at about 3 months. The bottle was the easier choice for them. So give it your all and my favorite was those middle of the night feedings.

Brie said...

I'm with Debby. I pump for feedings away from home. For me, breastfeeding hurt like the dickens at first. I'd cry every time I had to feed him-but I stood strong and continued, and now he nurses and I'm pain free.

If I remember correctly, it took a while for me to be ale to pump more than an ounce, and even now sometimes I only get 2 oz from both, while other times I can get 4 oz from just lefty. Remember to drink fluids...this will help with production.

Also, I have the same pump. It helped me to start off with a lighter suction, and slowly crank it up.

Jessica said...

I'd say you are handling everything really well hun! It's not easy to go through everything you have (((hugs))) and way to go on trying to keep up that milk supply :)

Deni said...

You're awesome and I think that your body getting used to pumping before getting used to his feeding himself may give you a great edge up, because I never responded to the pump nearly as well, so when I weaned C, that was that :( I wouldn't have weaned her as soon if I had realized. It's still really hard for me! I'm so happy for you, but want to say not to let the breast feeding ever take away anything from you and Jace and enjoying every single minute. Watching people who were miserable (or starving their babies without realizing it) insist on continuing to BF is too sad to me because you shouldn't miss one tiny opportunity to enjoy your beautiful man!!!

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