Breastfeeding | Pumping Sucks

Tonight I am heading out with one of my girlfriends for a little wine and painting date. I am thrilled to get out of the house and have some adult only time but getting out the door is such a hassle. I tell you I love breastfeeding but pumping is the pits. I give major props to those working moms who spend half their day pumping because if it were me I tell you I would have given up on breastfeeding within a week of starting back to work.

I unfortunately am not one of the lucky women who can pump with no issue. It takes me multiple times, I’m talking 5-6 sessions, to pump a 5oz bottle. I just don’t let down to the pump easily at all. Pumping involves me turning the pump up all the way and then I have to keep adjusting to get the flow to come and 10 minutes in there is no more coming out and I have hardly filled a bottle. Needless to say my desire to get out for more than an hour at a time is squashed the thought of having to pump. I sucked it up for tonight but ugh I just finished session number 2 and I still only have 1.5oz.

You might be thinking why not start sooner than the night before? Well I know I could have started yesterday morning or even Monday night and still have had a fine bottle for tonight but I honestly just didn’t even think about it. I mean I knew I had to do it but since it’s just not in my ordinary routine to pump I just didn’t even think of it with everything else I have had going on at home. I also am weary about pumping and freezing because back when Edith was a baby I did this and I had a freezer stocked (with 1-2oz bags) of milk but due to an excess of lipase my milk would go sour making it in edible. The problem is I didn’t know that until after I had already pumped (what felt like) a million times. Apparently you can scald the milk immediately after expressing before you freeze and this can help with the excess lipase but since I didn’t know that until it was too late I have never done that and at this point I can’t be bothered.

Anyways the point of this post is to tell you that yes pumping sucks. Yes 90% of the time I would rather stay home than pump but it is also IMPORTANT to suck it up pump as many times as necessary to get a bottle and get out of the house for 4-5 hours ALONE. I can do it and so can you; seriously stop thinking of all reasons you can’t because trust me I have used them all but the truth is you NEED to make time for yourself. To be honest I am writing this post to convince myself of all this as well. Also when all else fails make plans to do something that you have to pay for in advanced because you are less likely to back out aka why I am going out tonight (and because I need GF time).

How is pumping going for you? What are you pumping highs and lows? Why do you pump? or why don’t you? 

I think I need to get a new pump because one side seems to have more suction than the other. I have always wondered if my pumping issues are also in part due to my pump. Do you have a pump you love? Share with me. Also wondering if I can still qualify for a pump via my insurance – anyone have insight on this?

Lust List // Nursing Wear

Knowing that baby #2 will be making his/her arrival anytime now has really got me thinking about nursing gear. With Edith I basically spent the first 12 months postpartum wearing maternity tee’s and cheap nursing tanks. These items made me feel less then stellar and there is really nothing worse then wearing your maternity clothes when you are no longer pregnant.

This time around I am looking to buy cute nursing specific wear or things that are more stylish and nursing functional. Lately I have been obsessed with Boob Design nursing wear which unfortunately is a little challenging to find in the US. I did however find that you can order it from Natural Mom Gear.

So here are the pieces I am lusting after right now:

Boob Design V-neck Boob Design Singlet
Boob Design Nursing Top
Boob Design Warm Nursing Hoodie

Top: (L) Boob Design Nursing Top Short Sleeve (R) Boob Design Nursing Tank Top
Bottom: (L) Nursing Top Before & After, Short Sleeve, V-neck (R)
Boob Design Warm Nursing Hoodie

While I know you might be going umm aren’t these pretty casual though? I will say yes they are BUT they are super cute, high quality and perfect for nursing. I really want items that are going to last and to not be buying new $10 tee’s from Target every 3-4 months because of the wear and tear on them when nursing (pulling up/down; stretching out; major piling).

Now I need to decide which colors I want and which of the tops I really NEED. Right now a number of the tops are on sale and there is free shipping for purchases of $75 or more!

What are your favorite nursing brands? 

Disclaimer: Affiliate links included in this post. 

Breastfeeding A Year & Beyond

18 months, 4 days.

That is how long Edith has been breastfeeding. I honestly still can’t believe it’s been over a year. When they say a year goes by fast it’s so true. I have so much to write about our breastfeeding journey that it’s overwhelming and I sometimes don’t know where to start so lets talk a bit about the now and the future.

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I find I get a mixed bag of reactions when I tell people that Edith and I are still nursing. Some people congratulate, some are surprised and others get defensive. While I appreciate the congratulations by well meaning people I also think that it isn’t necessary. I am just don’t something that is natural and a normal thing for a mother to do. When it comes to people being surprised I find it comes two ways either they are surprised that I am at all or they are surprised when I tell them that we still nurse 3-4x/day. As for people getting defensive it is usually other mothers and it seems to stem from their choice not to breastfeed as long as I have and honestly each and every breastfeeding relationship is different and I have no judgement towards those who want to breast feed two days or two years (and beyond).

Edith and I have not had the most easy breastfeeding relationship, we really have had our ups and downs but I am glad that we have been able to go as long as we have. Edith latched quickly but my milk supply has been an issue which left us nursing every 1.5-2 hours (around 10x per day) for the first 6 months. Let me tell you that was a challenge. The only time I got a break was at night when Edith would sleep for 4-5 hour stretches. Once solids were introduced nursing slowed down a bit but from 6-15 months we easily were still nursing 6-8x per day/night. I am not sure what happened but somewhere around 16 months Edith dropped down to 3-4x per (normal) day and no night nursing and that is where we are today.

I actually started writing this post awhile ago and since I started it I have found out that we are expecting baby #2 and so here I am with baby #2 on the way and I’m still nursing Edith. Now the big question I get is do you plan to tandem nurse? Honestly I am not planning not to but who knows where Edith and I will be in our breastfeeding journey in six months. As I have come to learn things can change quickly with babies/toddlers and there is no way to predict the future so I just go with the flow.

Share something from your nursing journey.

Have you ever tandem nursed or do you plan to?

Breastfeeding: Dealing With Low Milk Supply

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Before Edith arrived I stocked up on breast pads, natural nipple butter, a manual breastpump, breast pump sterilize bags, milk storage bags, bottles, boppy and a nursing cover. I was prepared for it all. I had taken a course, done my reading and was ready to start nursing as soon as Edith arrived. What I didn’t prepare for was low milk production.

Edith arrived into the world ready to eat and she latched easily and spent the first day nursing constantly. She was determined to get my milk flowing and into her belly. My milk came in within 48-72 hours after Edith’s arrival into the world. At first I felt pretty full but I never experienced much engorgement and I only found myself leaking about a handful of times in the early days when Edith had a few long sleep stretches.

I envied women who had more than enough milk. I longed to be one of those women that constantly had to wear breast pads or one of those women who could still pump a full bottle even after just nursing. I wanted to have an overabundance of milk for my baby but that never happened.

So I have turned to other natural methods to try increase my milk supply. I have used:

  • Mother Love More Milk

  • Mother Love More Milk Plus

  • Feenugreek

  • Alfalfa

  • Goat’s Rue

  • Blessed Thistle

  • Some indian herb

  • Liquid herb mix

  • Nursing on Demand – even now.

  • Co-Sleeping

  • More Milk Tea

  • Eat Oats

  • Eat Sprouts

I can count myself lucky however because Edith has always stayed on her growth curve, has had plenty of soiled diapers and met her milestones. She also loves nursing and even at 16 months she still nursing 6-8 times per day. I know part of that is because she needs to nurse more frequently because my milk production is low but now at 16 months I would say it’s mostly for comfort; what can I say this girl loves nursing!

Although it has been a challenge and nursing constantly is exhausting at times it has been worth it. I should note that some things work better than others for increasing supply and for me it has been the Mother Love More Milk Plus, co-sleeping, and nursing on demand. How has your nursing experience been? Have you had to deal with a low milk supply?

Post Round Up: World Breastfeeding Week

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Did you know that August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week & August National Breastfeeding Month! Here are a few of my favorite breastfeeding related posts and resources.

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My Favorite Resources:

Breastfeeding Related Posts on Naturally Family:

My Favorite Breastfeeding Related Posts by Others:

What are your favorite breastfeeding related posts? Link up in the comments! Share your favorite or one of your own!