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Friday, February 10, 2012

Breastfeeding Journey - Week 33

This is my standard outcome after TWO pumping sessions in the office these days. And I'm already doing whatever I can based on tips from friends and the internet - fenugreek pills, drink more soup, drink more water etc etc.

Sometimes, I really feel like giving up. Sometimes, I get very discouraged (like when I heard a friend easily gets 7oz per session). Plus the time spent is really no joke - approx 30 minutes per session so that's almost two hours per day, on top of whatever else that's going on in my life. Plus the extra work of sterilizing the pump and packing the icepacks and pump parts every morning before work. I have asked myself so many times - "All that worth it for a few measly ounces??"

Then I tell myself that an extra oz that I can pump out is an extra oz of goodness for baby Erin.

Then I dutifully continue my routine. Wake up early to pump (then rush like mad to get ready for work), pump twice in the office and pump once more before bedtime. Hopefully, I can continue to be this disciplined a little longer. Each time I want to give up, I tell myself - "just go on for one more week".

So telling myself now ----- "One more week" !!! Try to reach Week 34!

12 comments:

Miracles in my life said...

Don't give up!! You are doing an awesome job!! Just try your best and dont stress is the best medicine..

Btw I heard from quite a bit of people papaya soup really helps with production. Have you tried that?

Really don't give up! Sometimes I do feel like giving up cause I think it ties me up a lot but I know I will regret it if I did. I really love the bonding.

You are a great mum!!

Ai Sakura said...

That is true! Every ounce counts :)

Some mothers don't express as much as they supply when the babies latch on directly. I don't express as much too in the office but just don't think so much abt the amount.. Think of your girl and relax :) take that time of expressing in the office to rest during a hectic day in the office. That's what I did haha

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

MeRy said...

Don't give up....

Daddy said...

Well done mommy. I can understand the stress because my wife is going through the same regime everyday now. Definitely not easy. I truly salute all breastfeeding mothers....Keep going.

Stacy said...

That's the way to go. One more week, just one more week, one more...

Adrine said...

N's mummy - I love the bonding part too. Yes, have tried the papaya soup and I think it helps a little. Hmm...got one sitting in my fridge now so better get my ass moving and make some tomorrow :)

Ai - She's not keen on direct feeding anymore. But I try to let her latch on as often as I can, even if it's just for a few minutes. It's supposed to help production plus it's a sure way for me to get a let-down which sometimes takes ages for me to achieve.

Oh my.....and I LOVE wat you said about taking a break in the office. Never saw it that way b4. :)

MeRy - Thx. I'll try my very best!!

Rodney - Thx! psst: I wish my hubby is as supportive as you are to your wife! (I will buy lottery the day he boils soup for me like you do for your wife. he he)

Adrine said...

Chi2 - yes, one more week. I am still truly amazed that you made it for one and a half yrs! Partly my inspiration :)

mom2ashley said...

something is better than nothing i suppose and yes, every ounce counts. Hang in there. You are doing great!

Irene said...

Don't give up... I can imagine how tiring it is... when I had to breastfeed William, I didn't sleep much. I fed direct, did not pump,yet the fatigue almost killed me. Eat well, and rest. Every drop is magic gold.

Alice said...

gambateh mummy.....

kcantares said...

Try stewing pork knuckles. They are known to help milk productions.

Adrine said...

Kcantares - Stewed Pork Knuckles? Haven't heard that b4. Thx for sharing! :)