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Friday, May 01, 2009

Cheering section

So I decided to pump and save for the entire day to see how much I am getting so far... Day 3 of pumping yielded a little less than 1/2 an ounce. It took me six 20 minute pumping sessions during the day to get this 1/2 ounce so I am pretty proud of it. This 1/2 ounce is a combination of the milk from both breasts... small victories right?

They say that the more you pump the more you will make... so I will keep at it. Right now I am making drops... about 1 every 30 seconds... but of course we are hoping to see a steady stream any day!

Since I am down one best girlfriend... Mr. D. has taken on the role of my cheerleader. I was really missing having a best friend tell me that I can do this and someone to oooh and aaah over the mere 1/2 teaspoon of milk I made after an uncomfortable pumping session. Soooooo my dear husband has stepped right up! It is nice to have some one cheering me on and telling me he is proud of me for working so hard and pumping so much for very little milk (so far). I am really trying hard at this... so keep us in your prayers.

Here are a couple of the cheers that can bee heard in our home on a nightly basis... especially reserved when I need a smile to get me through 20 more minutes...

"Two tits, Full tits, gonna make a bottle...
All for breastmilk... stand up and holler!!!"

and an old southern favorite

"Pork chops, pork chops, Greazy... Greazy...
Gonna make breastmilk... Easy... Easy..."

You have to admit.... my husband is pretty great."


Blogger Jenna said...

That is really sweet that your husband is being your cheerleader. I think you are doing great! I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding and had to pump and breastfeed all the time. I know how hard it is.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Seriously, this is AWESOME! It kind of looks like my output a week after I had twins- so what you are doing is just unbelievable to me! I pumped until almost 5 months and then I just couldn't keep up with them any more. I know how mind numbing it can be but every little bit helps. I hope you have a hands free bustier, it makes a huge difference being able to do something else with your hands. Love the cheers! Keep it up! **I've never posted a comment but I've been following for months now

8:36 PM  
Blogger Sassy said...

That's awesome. I'm seriously impressed.

1:21 AM  
Blogger The Swann's said...

Those cheers as classic!!!! That would totally make me smile anytime! :-) Way to go hubby!!! And way to go for the 1/2 ounce mark!!!!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Mission of mamahood said...

Yay for great husbands and hilarious cheers! You're doing a great job...and don't soon as Finn is home and you're snuggling her little warm body against your skin, your body will really kick into milk-machine-mode. That natural mama instinct will kick right in!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Sporty said...

You definitely have a keeper! You are doing a great job and I am VERY proud of you too.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Endobaby said...

I am also pumping to try and boost my milk...

some pumping suggestions would be to also squeeze your boob while you are pumping...I get much more that way =) and I also take off the pump and sqeeze my boob manually with my hands and get EVERY once I can =)

2:23 AM  
Blogger said...

I SO much applaud your efforts, you should be so proud of yourself!

I've never had good luck pumping, or really even with breast feeding and that's with a baby in the house so I think that what you are doing is so incredibly awesome. Your selflessness deserves your precious baby, like yesterday!

Jen in MD

5:02 AM  
Blogger ASP said...

So, so happy for you! It never hurts to have a supportive husband--I'm very blessed in this department as well. YAH! for your boobies! Not that it's any of my biz, but is the friendship with your Bestie fixable? You seem to really miss her and it'd probably be worth shot to fix what you had with her. Just me .02 Keep up the great work!

11:44 AM  
Blogger apple said...

Drinking more soup will help you produce more breast milk. I would recommend rib soup, fish soup. For non-muslim, I would highly recommend pig foot soup as it will greatly boost the production volume of breast milk.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Linda S said...

Way to go! That is an amazing accomplishment!!

And I loved the bf cheers.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Caro said...

Wow, very impressive!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Heather W. said...

Hahaha! Who needs friends when you have a hubby like that!! Too cute! WTG with the pumping!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

OMG pigsfoot soup, really? Gross. GREAT JOB on the pumping - and when you finally get your little one I bet she will get even more from you than the pump. I bought a pump when I had my baby but ended up never really using it - my hope for you is that you only have to use that pump another week or so THEN you get Finn & you never pick it up again! My baby could always "get" plenty from me, but I just did not pump that much. Since I am always home with him, I just nursed him. I always enjoyed it, and you will really benefit from the skin to skin bonding. Best wishes to you, I am checking in DAILY for Finn's arrival!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow. I'm so impressed. Seeing your little bottle of milk is very impressive. You should be really proud of all your work to get to this point. Keep pumping!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I think you have made more milk than me in a few days than I made in the weeks I tried breastfeeding postpartum. You rock, girl.

6:52 PM  
Blogger apple said...

To Kim,yes, pig's foot soup with papaya works! we Chinese all know that! But I am seriously doubtful that westerners would eat pig foot or not.
Massage your breast before pumping and keep massaging during pumping will help too!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I am also seriously impressed. Even after breast feeding 2 kids I couldn't pump that much (although I could squirt milk across the room trying to get baby to latch). I finally just gave the pump away.
Very, very impressed. Once you get a baby in your arms your milk is probably going to flow like a river. Great job!

5:24 PM  

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