Boob or Nothing

Ok so Mia started using a bottle at around threes weeks old when we started supplementing with some formula. She continued to breastfeed first and then take the bottle for a top up. I started using the lact-aid to supplement at the breast and give up pumping. This was three weeks ago. The pump and the bottle got a nice rest and everything was going smoothe or so I thought. That was until I decided to go to the nail salon (which I hadn’t done in months) and leave Mia and Jayden with my mom at my place. I had no idea how attached this child really was to my boob until I pumped and was getting ready to leave as my mom tried to give her a bottle. The second she tried to latch onto the bottle she starts crying out of control and was inconsolable. I tried to help by doing things like giving my mom a used shirt of mine for smell, having her walk around while feeding her, and even singing.

I was told to go to the nail salon and she would calm her down. I really believed my mom could get a grip of things. I mean how hard is it to feed a baby right? Wrong! The nail salon is literally steps away from my apartment so I went ahead and to my surprise I get a phone call 10 minutes later. She was not having it. She wanted mommy and only mommy would do. So I suggested using a medicine dropper to “syringe feed” her and wadda ya know, it actually worked. Drinking a full 3oz with the dropper.

What a delema I had no idea what I was starting when I decided to use the lact-aid and put away the bottle. No one else feeds her so I didn’t use the bottle but wow! I’m glad she did take the dropper because we have a family outing with our oldest today. I will be hugging the pump every two hours today.

Giving pumping a second chance

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Pumping hands free with my DIY hands free sports bra for the first time.

Ok, so I had given up pumping about 2 weeks ago because it was really stressing me out. Pumping consistently and always getting 1oz or less, with the exception of morning pumps which I would get about 2oz.
Last night I asked DH to stop in at Walmart and get me a sports bra and he came home with a 2 pack. This morning I cut little holes on the nipple area to get some hands free pumping going. What can I say? Well pumping hands free is much less stressful then joggling the pump with my arm and hands.

I was able to pump almost 2oz (I had comfort nursed Mia about 15 minutes prior) and I usually get 2oz in the am pump. Being hands free allowed me to do compressions and massage for more milk flow.