when i began my breastfeeding journey, never did i ever believe that i would make it to almost 7 1/2 months. we had our fair share of bumps in the road at the beginning, but then practice made perfect and somewhere between 10 - 12 weeks...i couldn't have imagined it any other way. i even made it work when i went back to work!
welp. somewhere around 4 months, aunt flow came back to visit me monthly and the supply dropped a bit, especially when she was in town. not only that, but little bits would get impatient waiting for it to let down. i changed my diet a bit, hydrated and took supplements...which helped and we figured out how to get through the "dry spells"... if you will. starting solids at 5 months helped out too. i wasn't ready to be done and i don't think drew was either.
cut to about 6 months. i still nursed as long as i was with her, but in the evenings the well was dry and she had a hard time going to sleep because she was still hungry. so - i made the choice to nurse for a bit and then top her off with a bottle (1/2 formula, 1/2 breastmilk). the result? a little sleep machine. she goes down no problem and she sleeps 12 hours. this is big because this itty bitty girl has never been a champ in the sleep department.
so here's where i am today. i nurse every morning and she seems to have plenty. i feel "full" and she heads off to the sitter satisfied. i pump twice a day at work (which...omg...is getting to be quite the chore) and it almost isn't even worth it. depending on the day, i might....might get 6-8 oz. total. but, guys...i'm still not ready to be done.
i love having that time in the morning.
i love how she loves to just chill or doze off on the boppy when she's done and full.
i love how she brushes my face.
i love how it was the best and easiest diet ever...
i love how it's free.
i love knowing she's getting the best of the best.
and i am n.o.t. looking forward to letting things "dry up"...ouch!
so here's my question. nursing pretty much once a day (during the week) is better than nothing right? and should i just not pump at work? would that up the supply in the evening? or is it better to pump frequently to keep it up? i'm at a bit of a crossroads....hmmmm. so that's why i'm whining. weaning? i don't wanna!!!!! help wanted.
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