Lisa: Nursing Woes
As I was defrosting the last bag of breastmilk from the freezer, I started thinking back to my journey through nursing my daughter (don’t worry, I won’t give you TMI =). I made the decision to breastfeed my daughter until she was 8 months old. At that time, it was time for both of us to move forward- I was having trouble keeping up with the pumping at work and Molly needed to become more independent by not always depending upon mommy for what she needed….and there is always that creeping thought of “wouldn’t it be nice to get away for a weekend with my husband and not have to worry about getting up to pump!?”.
In the beginning, I had the normal nursing woes mixed with all those great hormones =), but around the time Molly was 3 months old, I realized that my milk supply had gone down. I had heard from other moms in our Gymboree class that they had used a lactation expert to help them assess how much milk their baby was getting and how to increase their milk supply if it happened to be low. I jumped at the opportunity to meet with a lactation expert at Milkalicious (a great breastfeeding resource and boutique in Aliso Viejo, CA) to help ease my mind.
At the consultation, we weighed Molly pre-feeding and then I nursed her on BOTH sides. When we weighed her post-feeding, she had only increased her weight by ONE ounce! To say the least, I was immediately concerned! The lactation expert walked me through some great ways to increase my milk supply. After a week of diligently working at the tips and advice she had given me, my milk supply TRIPLED!!!
So as I close the door (completely) to my breastfeeding journey with Molly, I definitely welcome this new stage of independence for both of us, but I can’t help but miss that closeness and unique bond that we shared!
Having some nursing woes of your own!? Here are the tips the lactation expert shared with me Increasing Your Milk.