Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I cried over spilled milk...

There's no sense crying over spilled milk. Unless said milk comes from your tits.
As I've said in other posts, I've had problems with a low-ish milk supply. For a brief period of time I was pumping three times at work and once at night before I went to bed (after having already fed H at least twice from the tit). So, on a late evening, I was tired as hell but needed to pump. I sat in the dining room, yawning and browsing the endless entertainment that is Pinterest, while the pump squeezed out every last drop of milk I had. Once I was done pumping, I disconnected all the tubes and put the two full containers on the table. And then it happened. As I was reaching for my glass of water (because DAMN! breastfeeding makes you thirsty!) I knocked over one of the containers. There was breast milk everywhere....and I cried. I just sat at the table and bawled my eyes out, mourning the loss of that prized liquid that my body had worked so hard to make.

The world of milk supply enhancers.
If you are a breastfeeding mom you will soon come to realize that there are many things you can do to try and increase your milk supply. For example--once upon a time I got an awesome lactation cookie recipe from a friend and made about 5 batches. These cookies where phenomenal, and I ate waaaayyyy too many. The key ingredients? Oatmeal, brewers yeast and flax seed meal. Just add chocolate chips and you've got a delicious cookie. Also, I take two pills of More Milk Plus three times a day and that seems to keep my supply steady...unless I have a cold which leads me to:

Crazy shit that depletes your milk supply.
Apparently being sick can decrease your milk supply. I currently have the cold from hell and I am pumping about 4 ounces less than I usually do, which can be pretty frustrating. There are also some OTC meds that can decrease milk supply. Breastfeeding Basics has a pretty comprehensive list here.

Getting Accustomed To Your New Milk-Filled-Mams.
Along with being tiring, joyful, and frustrating breastfeeding can be hilarious.  When H was two weeks old I was sitting in the living room nursing him. He fell asleep and I lifted my boob away from his face to put it back in my shirt and then SSSHHHPPEEEWWWWWWW! A giant stream of milk squirted across the room. It was like a freaking water gun...and not just any water gun but a freaking super soaker circa 1992. I immediately started to crack up. Whhhhyyyy? Whhhyyyy do I have to be all alone when this happens with no one to laugh with me?!   It's all good though... I learned quickly that the milk super soaker is not a one-time event, and it never loses its wonder.

So pay attention: lactating breasts squirt, leak, ache, change shape and size, get hard when full and more. And you know what? It's absolutely amazing.

Once the weather hit 75 degrees, I gave up using a cover when nursing in public.
I have absolutely no problem breastfeeding H in public, and rarely ever use a cover--especially now that it's WAY over 75 degrees outside. Using a cover when its warm outside creates a mini sauna for H and his adorable little head gets sweaty and his cheeks get red and then he stops eating. Forget the cover. Besides, I've only caught a few people staring at me before but it seemed to be more out of curiosity than shame or perversion.

Oh! BTW, this Saturday I am joining other mamas at the Great Nurse-In and I am beyond excited to participate in such an important event that aims to promote breastfeeding friendly laws, among other things.

1 comment:

  1. I have also cried over spilled milk. I've also cried over a full bottle left out on a night stand for 10 hours. I felt like I was going to throw up when I dumped that thing down the drain...