So it’s been two months since our last update (you can read that here if you’re interested) and I am excited to tell you all that we are still going strong on the exclusive pumping front – yay! Life has got easier in the last two months, as we have started adjusting to having a newborn and a toddler, and I now feel more emotionally stable to some degree. It’s still tough, but it’s getting easier and I feel a lot more relaxed about the whole situation these days.
At the point of writing this, I am pumping somewhere between 38 and 42 ounces of milk per day, which sounds crazy. I’m not sure how I’ve gone from pumping a few ounces, to pumping that amount but it’s meant that we haven’t had to supplement with any formula which feels amazing. I’ve just gone back to work in the last couple of weeks, so we will have to see how my supply copes with this, because I am not sure that realistically I will be able to sustain pumping 9 times a day, but we shall see.
Last month, a company called Minbie got in touch with us and asked if we would like to collaborate with them in exchange for their hospital grade breast pump; we said yes and it has literally changed our pumping journey and made such an impact on our lives. If you follow us on social media, then you’ve probably seen me shouting about this pump for a while now but it truly has made such a difference. (If you want to read about the pump specifically, then click here to read our honest review). So that was the first really positive change in our journey. I’ve gone from using a single, battery powered electric pump to a double, hospital grade, rechargeable all singing all dancing pump and although I still feel like I spend 90% of my day pumping, this is actually making things much quicker.
What else? Oh, I’ve managed to build a freezer stash! Yes, oh my god. This is a point which I never thought I would get to. It’s not one of those mega freezer stashes, like you see on facebook, but I’ve got a decent amount and without buying a new freezer we haven’t got much room to store any more! My plan is to save the freezer stash and use it when we come to the end of our pumping journey, so that I can carry on feeding Molly breast milk for longer, without having to actually pump. It will actually be useful when I think about weaning down my pumping sessions I expect. Advice says that breast milk can be safely stored in an upright freezer for 6 months, so that gives us plenty of time to think about when we might like to use it as well.
I have also been expanding my pumping horizons. I’ve now pumped in quite a few places and am getting more confident with pumping in public! I’ve pumped at the beach, in the cinema and on a train into London.. without anyone batting an eyelid! To begin with, I was kind of ashamed about pumping and embarrassed to pump in public; but now I’m getting more used to it and I’ve come to realise that there is nothing to be ashamed of! I actually bought the most amazing giant muslin from Jojo Mama Bebe and it’s perfect for covering me up whilst I pump and it’s big enough to tie around my neck and hang it down over my chest, which is so handy for when in public.
I still haven’t set any goals and time limits to my pumping journey; I feel like I will know when it’s the right time to give up. I am feeling so proud that I have managed to get to 3 months, 3 whole months of perseverance and it’s so rewarding seeing Molly turn into a little chunky thing! So for now, I plod onwards and look forward to giving you guys another update soon!
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