Breastfeeding & Pumping

Lesson 85: Listen to your wife

Lesson 85: Listen to your wife

My husband has a hard time remembering things. Or maybe he has a hard time listening. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two, I don’t know. I’ve been told it’s a fairly common husband trait but I’ve nothing to compare him to–he’s the only husband I’ve ever had. I hope he’s the only husband I […]

Lesson 67: There’s no magic switch at 1-year-old

Lesson 67: There’s no magic switch at 1-year-old

I always assumed I would stop breastfeeding J when he reached 12 months. But oddly enough, on his first birthday, no magic switch flipped that all of a sudden made him not want to nurse. No switch made my milk dry up, no switch made me not want to nurse him anymore. On his first birthday, […]

Lesson 62: Your boobs (nature’s pharmacy)

Lesson 62: Your boobs (nature’s pharmacy)

After I wrote Lesson 60: Drug Your Baby, a friend of mine reminded me of one alternative treatment that can be used for a number of things: breastmilk (I can’t believe I didn’t have it on my original post!). Before I started breastfeeding, I never even imagined that there was any other purpose for breastmilk […]

Lesson 49: Whoever said there’s no use crying over spilled milk…

Lesson 49: Whoever said there’s no use crying over spilled milk…

…never applied makeup while pumping milk. …never spent 80% of 4 months topless. …never pumped for 45 minutes, only to get 4 ounces. …never properly stored breastmilk, only to have the bag bust during the freezing process. …never pumped while huddled under a blanket, riding down the road in the car. With their in-laws in the backseat. […]

Lesson 48: How to store breastmilk

Lesson 48: How to store breastmilk

If you’re breastfeeding, it’s likely that you’ll need to know at some point or another the best way to store breastmilk. I tried a lot of different methods before I finally discovered (what I think) is the easiest way to freeze and store it. Other ways may work better for you, so tweak it to suit […]

Lesson 46: How to increase milk production while pumping

Lesson 46: How to increase milk production while pumping

When I first started pumping, I was producing 10 ounces in 10 minutes with no problem. Pumping was a breeze and I always managed to pump twice as much as I needed in one session. I also had a plentiful freezer stash of milk, so I didn’t worry about not having enough food for J in […]

Lesson 45: Never answer the door while pumping at work

Lesson 45: Never answer the door while pumping at work

Once I returned to work, I pumped breastmilk until my son turned 1-year-old. My husband made this sign for me to hang on my office door at work while pumping: It was handy because, since I work in a school, the kids had no idea what it meant. However, the folks I work with knew that […]

Lesson 44: Tips for pumping at work

Lesson 44: Tips for pumping at work

When I first faced the task of pumping at work, I had no idea what to expect. The thought of pumping is so intimidating. Intimidating enough, in fact, that while I was pregnant, I considered not breastfeeding at all. Since I had to pump so much in the beginning with J anyway, due to a poor […]

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Know what’s scary? The noise you make as you move around the house with your hands-free breast pump. weyooah weyooah WEYOOAH WEYOOAH weyooah weyooah When I was still having to pump and bottle-feed J, Bo would typically take the middle of the night feedings while I pumped to replace what was in his bottle. I bought […]

Lesson 27: The hunger you experience in the days after birth will be like no hunger you’ve ever experienced.

Lesson 27: The hunger you experience in the days after birth will be like no hunger you’ve ever experienced.

Seriously. I had no idea. No idea. I don’t know what causes this hunger, but I can only assume it’s milk production. I remember shopping at Buy Buy Baby with my husband and J when he was about a week old (so, right as my body was kicking into high gear to make milk instead of colostrum). I was fine one […]

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