This week is World Breastfeeding Week and the theme is “BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal – For Life!”. But I see it more as a week for all of us to bond as moms over our experiences good and bad. A week of sharing so that new moms have examples, stories of many Breastfeeding experiences. So that no one feels alone, lost or guilt. Because no matter how long you breastfeed, how you do it, or if you tried, we all have a story to tell.
I recently hit 18 months breastfeeding. I’m an exclusive pumper and have pumped as many times as 8 times a day. Recently I dropped to two pumps per day. For the first time, I can leave my pump at home. I started with a heavy hospital pump and am still using the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. That thing is a workhorse! But it’s enabled me to provide for pumpkin. At one point I pumped 45 to 50 oz a day. But now I get 10-15oz. Pumpkin gets at least two bottles a day. I haven’t completely weaned her off, because she’s in a stage where she’ll refuse stuff (ah toddlerhood) and I feel like I need something I know she’ll drink. That’s not always true though. She’ll push it away just like anything else, but at least I can offer breastmilk as an option.
When I cut from four pumps to three, my period came back. I was lucky to not have a post partum period for twenty five months. But with that I’ve also gained a little weight. I need to work out but have no idea how to fit it in my schedule!
I’m proud that I have gone above and beyond my expectations for breastfeeding. Soon I will be packing away the pump for good, but for now, I celebrate how far I’ve come.
Here are a few other stories that I hope you take time to read. Then go out there and share your story!
A mom gives tips about Milk Oversupply issues in
7 steps to deal with milk oversupply, or when too much of a good thing is not necessarily too good.
I love Melissa’s stories about breastfeeding her two beautiful babies. It’s a great example that your journey can be different with each child.
A great post that shares how there can be many tools to use when breastfeeding is difficult.
Milk donation is an amazing gift. There are many resources online for donating either through a company or privately. Just make sure you are safe when you do it.
Lactation Consultants are SO important to a breastfeeding journey! Make sure you find one while you are pregnant that you are comfortable turning to once you have your baby.
A great idea to help an older child with the transition. I can imagine it may be difficult to explain.
An area I never even thought of, but it’s important to make sure we look at how our body works and it may work differently than others and realize that there is support out there.
I love that all these wonderful mamas shared their story with us. We HAVE to talk so that all breastfeeding experiences become common place. So that the mystery behind breastfeeding and all the options that go with it go away.