It’s time for an update on my adventure in breastfeeding. My last update was over a month ago. To be honest not much has changed. Or maybe everything has changed because I feel a lot more confident in my decision.
I am unable to get pumpkin to latch. Every once in awhile she will latch on and stay on for around 15 minutes. But then she’ll cry and want more milk after (from a bottle). For the most part, I have given up on trying to latch her. It seems silly to make her upset and hungry when I am fully capable of giving her breastmilk in a bottle.
Since the last update, I have rented a hospital grade pump. Unfortunately I paid $86 per month for these two months. I should have checked my insurance (see post here). Because I can rent a hospital grade pump for free through a certain company my insurance uses. I will be picking one of those up for the next couple of months.
If you are going to pump, I highly recommend getting a hospital grade pump. The lactation nurse told me that the consumer pumps are for sustaining milk supply. She could be saying that to make more money, but I have gone from 9oz a day to 27 oz a day. I’m really aiming for 30 oz if I can.
Here are some things I did to increase milk supply:
- Rent Hospital pump</li>
- Get shields that fit– the default shields may not fit everyone. I needed a smaller size, but there are larger ones as well.
- Drink lots of water.My favorite is Smart Water
- Pump a lot!Every time she feeds, you are supposed to pump. I pump every 2-2.5 hours. With breastmilk it’s all about supply and demand, so if you don’t remove supply, there won’t be an increase and you might even dry up.
- MilkMakers cookies I love the chocolate chip ones. They taste great and I fully believe they have assisted with my milk supply. I believe it’s $19.99 for 10 cookies.
I feel great when it comes to feeding pumpkin. While it is time consuming, she is getting the nutrients and benefits of breastmilk and I am incredibly happy about that. I proudly feed her from the bottle at Mom group meetings because I worked hard to give her this milk. Now that I have more knowledge, I will try to breastfeed with any future babies, but this is what works and makes us happy now. By getting over the non-breastfeeding guilt, I have been able to enjoy our time together and that is what really matters.