I am continuing to pump and bottle feed breastmilk. The pumping is getting so old. I hate being tied to this machine. My breasts are constantly filled with clogged ducts and engorged (pump is not as efficient as a baby at emptying breast). It’s a good thing you can’t quit cold turkey because I think I might have. I hate to complain about a good milk supply, but it’s very painful. Usually I pump between 6-9 ounces per pumping session (with 8 sessions a day that’s 48-72 ounces per day!). I tried for 2 nights to drop one of the night pumpings, but it was just too painful. Now I am working on eliminating one per day by spacing out the pumpings every 4 hours instead of every 3 hours when the baby eats. It’s causing engorgement and clogged ducts that I can’t seem to get out completely. I’ve pretty much given up on completely eliminating the clogged ducts. They’re painful, but I think I am getting used to them. It seems to be worse at night when I am laying down and the milk seems to pool up in there. I know this is gross to write about, but I want to remember this. I really hope my body gets the message to slow down on the milk production SOON. Again, I HATE to complain about an over abundant milk supply when so many women are dealing with diminishing milk supplies before they are ready to stop breast feeding. I guess if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. I have a ton of milk frozen, so at least if my supply slows way down, I will have the frozen stuff to feed her. Ideally I’d like to get down to 4 pumpings a day and maybe that would be enough to feed her for the day (right now she eats about 32 ounces a day (3.5 ounces per feeding x 8 feedings per day). I guess that wouldn’t really work out, since I would have to pump 8 ounces per session at 4 sessions, and that seems like a lot. Sorry to just be rambling about my math here . . . anyhow, we all know what’s happened to my best laid plans with this birth and baby . . . :)
Inspiration . . .