Last time I told you I was leaving my baby for a whole week and was planning on pumping to sustain the production of milk – in the event that she still asks for it when I see her again.
After a 4 hour drive we finally arrived at our destination when it dawned on me -my breast pump was still in the closet at home!!!
After cussing and crying I decided that I was going to make this work – and I did a LOT of cussing! My tot is almost 17 mo so I refuse to spend any more money on pumps (whether that be rental or settling on another cheap manual pump) and I made myself a commitment to try manually hand expressing milk.
I had never really tried it before because I always had a pump so I didn’t really know where to begin. I still haven’t Googled any tips – I just decided to try it.
I found the best way to get things started is with a nice warm shower – but a hot washcloth works ok too. I know I’m not emptying all of the milk bit it’s certainly releasing the build up – and keeping the production up. It’s now been 3 days and I still have milk!
I have to give a huge shout out to my Twitter pals for listening to me whine this weekend as I freaked out over my dumb ass mistake! You ladies totally rock!
I am with my husband and our best friends and they don’t really understand why (or how) I want to keep this up. It would be so much easier to just let it go – and dry up. I don’t really know my why, there are a few reasons. 1) she’s my last baby ever! 2) I want her to decide when to stop – within reason (no preschool nursling here). 3) I didn’t plan on stopping yet. 4) just because I can – and it’s good for both of us!
Anyways – I will be reunited with my pump before I’m reunited with my tot and I hope that I can make it a few more days. Its gonna really bite if she doesn’t ask for the milk when I see her again. But at least it will be her decision.
More later – I’m going back to my balcony overlooking the ocean to listen to the waves crash.
*note – typed on my iPhone so please excuse any errors.
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