Friday, September 7, 2018

Breastfeeding Update

Presley is now six months old and I'm still going strong in my breastfeeding. The last time I talked about it, I gave you all a detailed account of my struggles. I thought since I was have a little bit better of a time, I'd give you an update on the feeding front.

Presley is working his way towards seven months old (cannot believe it already) and I'm still pumping it up. At this point, Presley won't latch on at all and hasn't for months. That means I'm exclusively using the pump. I don't care how he gets the milk but I'm still able to supply it to him anywhere from about 65-75% of his daily intake.

I'm using the hospital grade Medela Symphony 2.0 pump. If I didn't have this pimp I don't know what I would do. My insurance provided a pump and honestly it was complete garbage. I pumped the same amount of time with it that I do the Medela and didn't get anywhere near the ounces amount that I do with the hospital grade pump. I try to pump a minimum of 10-15 minutes each pumping session. I also try to pump a minimum of 10 times in a 24 hour period.

Presley eats anywhere from 30- 37 oz. a day and recently he's went a little higher. We started him slowly on solid foods at almost 6 months old but I still feel milk is really important at this stage and offer him milk before and after the solid feedings. So far he enjoys vegetables and we haven't found a fruit that he really loves. Needless to say breast milk and supplemental formula are still his biggest meals throughout the day. With all of the pumping I do, I get anywhere from 20-24 oz a day. I was producing up to 28 oz a day but my supply has went down some. It's clearly a science.

Recently, I had a health scare and had to go on a steroid and an anti inflammatory. I had to go on them for a seven day period. I had read extensively online that the anti inflammatory passed through the milk and the steroid. I chose not to give him my milk during that time. I just didn't want to take a chance of him getting any of those drugs. Luckily, I had pumped about 10 ounces of milk beforehand and spaced that out with 2 oz a day until I ran out so he got at least some each day. In the meantime, I kept pumping and dumping because I didn't want to lose my milk.

Now that I've been off the medication for a week, my supply has went down to about 20 oz in a 24 hour period. I'm working on trying to get it back up to the normal 24 oz. Again, it's clearly a science.

Is this whole process easy? No... no it's not. Do I want to give up some days? Yes, I sure do. But somehow I keep going. I find the will to keep pumping, to get up at 3 a.m. and do that night pump. To keep pumping at work, on vacations, planning my days around the pump sessions, to freeze it, thaw it, bottle it, etc. I keep going. My goal originally was to get through those first 6 months. Then when I hit the 6 month mark, I decided to keep going. My next goal is 9 months. That'll be November. Since he's still drinking a large amount of milk each day, I'm going to going. I'll re-access again in November but we will be right in the thick of cold and flu season and those antibodies are priceless.

Did you pump? If so, how long did you do it for?