I sit here with tears of joy filling my eyes as I write this blog! It's totally a post of emotion rather than tactful planning.
A bit of background for my excitement, my husband receives chiropractic care in the office that I work. This means there are days during the week he and my daughter stop by for care, which I love. The usual routine is that I end up sending breast milk with him that I expressed at work earlier that day.
Today, we don't have to do that!
For the first time - I confidently have enough breast milk in our fridge for an ENTIRE day (plus some) for our daughter. The difficulties that can come with breastfeeding are talked about, however I have realized that the feat of pumping (and exclusively pumping) isn't quite as commonly talked about. More on that topic another time!
About two weeks ago I decided to exclusively pump during the days - even when I was with my daughter. I was running into this circle where I'd nurse her on days that I was home then when the next day came and I was at work I didn't have enough pumped. This is how we ended up with our mid-day milk pick-ups. They worked great, but left us at a disadvantage for the next time I worked.
It left me feeling continually behind and inadequate. Not the feelings a mom wants to have!
So, now I'm pumping on routine 7:30, 10:30 am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 pm. Then if she happens to wake at night, we nurse, but I already am a day and a half "ahead" on milk. For the first time since May I feel like I can think about putting some into our freezer. Our supply that had dwindled down to 4 frozen bags when we realized she needed 4-5 ounces/bottle rather than her old normal of 3 ounces.
Now it's time to celebrate! I'm going to eat a big bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough coconut milk ice cream and savor this incredible feeling of freedom.
With love, Krystine