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Breastfeeding Journey: Part 2

Today is the last day of National Breastfeeding Month & Black Breastfeeding Week! So I figured I needed to wrap up my second installment about my breastfeeding journey with my son!

If you did not read part 1 of my breastfeeding journey I would encourage you to check it out, especially if you are struggling with PUMPING or breastfeeding! Let’s jump right into things…….so to finish the second half of my breastfeeding journey I am going to pick up at about 6 months PP (post-partum). At this point I had been back to work for 3 months  and I was finally getting down a good pumping schedule. Most days I was able to pump at 8am, 12, and 3.  However, I was feeling major guilt at work…..I felt like all I did was pump and  clean storage supplies! Squeezing work in when I could and pumping in the car to make sure I could still see as many clients as possible in a day.

Months 6-9

During this time my milk supply began to fluctuate. Some days I would barely pump 6 ounces and other days I would have 20+ ounces! The drastic changes in my supply sent me on a emotional roller coaster, and I was always stressing about running out of milk! Around this time I began power pumping once a day. If you aren’t familiar with what power pumping is read about it more here. Between eating oatmeal most mornings and other lactogenic foods and power pumping I was able to stabilize my supply. What a huge relief that was!

 Months 9-12

The last part of our nursing session was pretty much smooth sailing. I only had to pump about once a day during month 9. By Breezy’s 10th month of nursing I no longer had to pump , we naturally began to wean as he was eating more and more table food. He would get fussy on the breast and most sessions were more like snacks, wit him only staying on the breast for about 1-2 minutes at a time. The snacking wouldn’t have been so bad if it weren’t for the latching and re-latching he was doing which made my nipples sore and raw. Thankfully he quickly moved out of the snacking phase and things went back to our normal. 

Also, during this time I  went part-time at my job. Now, we were able to regularly nurse 4 days out of the week! This made running errands and doing activities much easier. I had pretty much packed up my pump bag at this point! But at the same time this period was bitter sweet because I knew our breastfeeding journey was coming to an end. 

Weaning

Breezy began drinking almond milk around the time he started losing interest to nurse. In the beginning we mixed frozen breastmilk with almond milk at about a 4:1 ratio.  He would drink bottles at day care so it was easy to send just a few bags of milk with a mason jar filled with almond milk. It took him a few weeks to get used to the taste but eventually he began drinking 2:2 ration and within about 6 weeks was drinking only almond milk bottles and nursing in the morning and at night. 

I knew the week before his birthday we were going to be away from each other so I wanted to make sure he would be okay without nursing for a week. I slowly began cutting down our nursing sessions and eventually we were down to just one session a day! When we were reunited after 4 days apart, he nursed one last time just a couple of days before his brithday and then….as softly as it began, our brestfeeding journey was over. 

 

I would love to hear about your breastfeeding journey! Comment, Share, and thank you so much for reading. 

 
-XO Morgan
 

 

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