A great breastfeeding story from a mother of two boys:
This is our extra stand up freezer; well, our first one. We've had to remove all the food and recently, had to get another freezer in anticipation of the growing over flow - thank goodness for craigslist.
December 15th 2009 Phineas Marcus was born, our second son. Shortly after he was born it became apparent he was caught in a bit of a vicious circle: he wasn't sleeping long enough to have the energy to feed for long enough, which kept him from staying asleep long enough, which meant he did not have the energy to eat. He hadn't pooped in two days-- He was a grumpy little dude.
Having had great difficulties with breastfeeding our first born gave me an idea - I decided to pump and bottle feed him just to get enough into him to satisfy him and allow him to sleep and hopefully poop. My older son had latching difficulties and my lactation consultant had broken the myth for me that a baby who is fed with a bottle will never go to the breast again. The other thing she taught me was to trust myself - listen to others; sure - but ultimately trust that I would know what to do for my child.
So I carried through with my plans, despite one of the doctor's objections. The doctor kept insisting that perhaps I should supplement with formula; oddly enough she kept saying that she wanted me to do that so that I didn't waste the milk I had pumped. At any rate, my plan worked, he ate an ounce and a half; slept; pooped . . . and repeat.
I had planned on pumping at least by the time I went back to work, maybe sooner. I had overproduced the last time and I had found that pumping could add a certain convenience to my life. So, after pumping in the hospital, I just kept going. Last time someone had given us a 5 foot standup freezer to deal with the overflow and that was sufficient.
My son generally feeds from a bottle during the day and then breastfeeds late evening to late morning. And the bottle definitely has not turned him from the breast. Despite the frequency of bottle feeds - he will not accept anything but the breast at night.
A few weeks ago it became apparent the standup freezer would not be enough. Thank goodness for craigslist.org we found someone giving away a standup freezer; this one is monstrous, 6 feet tall and maybe twice as deep. I've come just shy of filling the 5 foot freezer. I'll let you know if I manage to fill the larger one too. :)
The picture you see is just shy of 400 storage bags - 6 ounces a piece. My son generally eats 4 - 5 bags a day in addition to breastfeeds. I put away somewhere between 8 and 12 bags a day.
I use the Lansinoh breast milk bags and I'm plugging them here - they are definitely the best out there in my opinion and they have excellent customer service. Each bag has six ounces and I have just shy of 400 bags in storage.
- What's your storage story?
- How much milk do you pump?
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