So, Blueberry is almost 4 months old now and I’ve been faithfully pumping breast milk every 2 hours for her. I go longer at night because she sleeps through the night now and I’d like to sleep too. I usually wake up around 3 am to pump and then back to sleep. I want to make it to 6 months and I think I will be able to do it. Is it exhausting? Yes. Would it be easier to just give up and start formula? Yes. But I don’t think I need to do that. I’m making enough milk, even though she’s drinking a whopping 4 ounces at a time! I know breastfeeding mamas out there are probably like “only 6 months?” but since I’m exclusively pumping, I do not think going 12 months is even feasible. And at 6 months, I’m going to introduce solids so there’s that too.
I have been working 3 days a week for the past month and so I have to make bottles for her for daycare. That has been a little stressful because I never know how many to bring. I settled on bringing 4 a day even though she only drinks 3 but what if one day she is super hungry? I know that stress makes milk production slow down when you’re exclusively pumping so I just try to relax and know that I will make enough milk and she will have enough food.
I also started taking fenugreek to help boost my supply. I honestly have no idea how women get freezers full of milk. I make enough on a Monday for her to eat on Tuesday. How do you get a surplus? It boggles my mind. So I started fenugreek to hopefully improve my supply. It also quells coughs, which is nice because I’ve been coughing lately and I don’t want to take a cough medicine and risk drying up.
How about you? Were you able to create a surplus?
How’d you do it?
I’d love some tips for making more!