Milkmaids!

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by user63, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    @Comet Oh I am right there with you at 18 months pp lol. Mostly because I can’t really go out and shop in person right now and ordering underwear online feels daunting. My maternity underwear is all from Motherhood and it was fine when I was pregnant, but now it sits too low in front (same issue with my pre-pregnancy options). I have like 2 random ones that are more of a mid-rise and they’re sooooo much better.
     
  2. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    I had A feed S a bottle of pumped milk today to make sure he will still take a bottle. He can! This gives me some peace of mind in case I get sick and can’t nurse him. But I can’t think too much about that possibility because it makes me very emotional.
     
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  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Or you can just take a long nap!
     
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  4. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    At first I thought you meant little A fed S the bottle and I was like, wow, that is some advanced parenting!
     
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  5. user5076

    user5076 Chicken

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  6. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Also true lol. I don’t keep a big stash of frozen pumped milk, but it’s enough for a day or two maybe. Definitely enough for a long nap!

    Haha oh little A was trying to help dad feed S. She finally settled beside him with her baby doll and bottle. She’s sweet and wants to help, but girl is too rambunctious sometimes lol.
     
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  7. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    A used to take ages to nurse. Now she is typically done in 15 minutes or less and sometimes less than 10 minutes. She's only ever nursed one side at a time and we typically nurse only 4 times a day. I'm worried she's not getting enough milk now. She eats solids like a champ, but I know those aren't supposed to be the bulk of her nutrition.
     
  8. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    A coworker warned me that would happen that both her kids nurses until they were full but once they got around 9ish months they were a lot faster and it. How old is A?
     
  9. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    8.5 months. Her last feed was like 8 minutes. As long as she's getting enough it's awesome, but it seems crazy.
     
  10. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    They get a lot more efficient at getting the milk out as they get older too. And your breast milk will change composition to accommodate their caloric needs. As long as she isn’t screaming at the breast, upset because she can’t get enough milk, I wouldn’t worry about it!
     
  11. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Thank you for the reassurance!
     
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  12. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    Yeah L got a lot more efficient as she got bigger too! I think that’s pretty common.
     
  13. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    C only ever nursed one side at a time and he definitely spent less and less time at the boob as he got older too.
     
  14. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Of course before bed she nursed for over half an hour, but I think she was sleepy and comfort nursing since she started getting chompy.

    It was just such a sudden drop off from 30 to 20ish to 7-15 that I was like huh??
     
  15. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    So. Storage.
    Of C2’s 11 weeks, he has been NPO (no eating at all) for over 3 weeks, didn’t get any of my milk for the first 3 weeks, and now even his “full volume” is less than 10oz/day.
    I’m finally pumping a normal amount for a normal 2 month old. 30-some oz/day. I was doing 8x/day, but that didn’t last long. I almost always get in 7x/day now.
    One shelf of our freezer is already full since I started leaving home milk at home and bringing some back from the hospital. Last time I asked them there were 7 bins of the stupid little bottles they have you use. That’s... a lot.
    My goal was always to pump while he was in NICU and long enough to give him a chance to learn how to nurse once he wasn’t. That is still my goal - I have no intentions of pumping this much for over a year after I have a baby to care for also.
    But where do I put it all in the meantime?! Eat all our food and use our freezer exclusively for milk storage? (That’s kind of what we did with C1). Should I quit pumping so much now and just worry about trying to get my supply back up later if I need to? FWIW I don’t think I can donate this time due to one of my meds I probably won’t be off for a while if ever.
     
  16. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    When I was pumping a ton I debated getting a little $200 freezer and using that to store frozen milk. We didn’t end up doing that, but maybe that’s an option. I’d be hesitant to drop sessions and try to gain back in the future out of worry that I could get the supply back up later.
     
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  17. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Yeah, gaining back a supply later might be challenging, unfortunately :sad: so you'll have to keep pumping for now if your ultimate goal is to eventually nurse. My sister got a mini chest freezer that she uses to store hers. Not super practical, but it solves the problem (for a little while...)
     
  18. user217

    user217 Chicken

    I wouldn’t quit pumping. I’d get a freezer for the basement—you will def fill it with two kids! It’s our Costco freezer :)
     
  19. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    We got a small-ish deep freezer. It's now full of frozen pizzas.
     
  20. user217

    user217 Chicken

    Yes! Same! And lasagna and bags of broccoli lol.
     
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  21. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    To be more clear, we have a deep freeze! That’s the one that I’m talking about. 1/5 shelves is already full of milk. It’s usually full of frozen veggies, Orange chicken, and dumplings. :lol:
     
  22. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    I’d eat the food and clear more space in the freezer.
     
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  23. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Sounds delicious. What’s it doing in the freezer?
     
  24. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    No worries, we eat it. :lol: I went to TJ’s last week and stocked up.
     
  25. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Well I may be done. I’ve had a raw spot on one side where the flange rubbed wrong last week. I thought it was getting better but tonight there was blood immediately upon pumping. I may try again in the morning (or just enough to relieve the pressure) but if that’s not happening, I guess I’m done. Not how I planned it, but I’m not dealing with bloody breast milk when he’s drinking straight cow’s milk twice a day.