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The Right Fit

Alright. Time to talk about something that’s actually useful and not just my rambling thoughts.

Friday I posted about how I have finally built my supply back up. One of the most effective ways I accomplished that was with the right fitting flanges. When I bought my pump, it came with size 24mm flanges, and I just assumed that was a pretty average size for most women.

Around the same time that I was desperately trying to build up my supply, I started to get really sore when I pumped. Granted, this was partially because I was using my pump settings backwards for three months (oh that’s what the wavy lines button is supposed to do! 😏). Still, when I started playing around with the suction settings, I was still in pain and just emptying slower.

Finally I saw this picture:


Taken from the maymom website

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Today Is A Good Day

I have another post planned for the end of this week, but I was too excited not to share some good news.

I’ve been pumping for about four months now, and for the first two months I always made just enough to keep up with Peyton – a “goldilocks”. Then in December, my supply dipped. I think it was a combination of getting sick, the stress of going back to work in January, and Peyton going through a growth spurt. In January I ate lactation cookies almost everyday and power-pumped as much as I could, but I wasn’t seeing an increase. It was hard enough leaving Peyton everyday to go to work, and the added stress of not producing enough milk was overwhelming. She was quickly going through my entire frozen stash, which wasn’t much to begin with.

Reluctantly, at the end of January I decided I had to supplement with formula. In the breastfeeding community, formula often gets a bad rap. But babies have been fed formula for years, and when they grow, it’s impossible to tell the difference between a breast fed baby and a formula fed baby. It’s unfortunate that those of us who have to use it have to tell ourselves over and over again “It’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with giving her formula. Fed is best.”

At the same time, I realized I needed to reach out for more help if I was going to meet my pumping goals. I found a Facebook group for exclusive pumping moms, and it was the biggest relief in the world. It’s hard not to get emotional as I write this. (That’s being modest – I’m totally crying right now) Most breastfeeding groups don’t offer much support for long-term pumping moms. Most moms that directly nurse just don’t have enough pumping knowledge. In the EP group, I found moms who offered real solutions. They taught me that pumping doesn’t have to hurt or be uncomfortable, and it doesn’t have to consume your life.

Today, one month later, I have enough milk in the fridge to last Peyton all day, and it’s not even 10am. I have more milk in the freezer than I had before my supply dipped. Today, I don’t have to make a bottle of formula.

I’ve got a long road ahead if I want to keep pumping for Peyton’s entire first year. I know there will be times that my supply will dip again, and I know I might not be able to get it back next time. But today, we are celebrating. Today is a good day 💗

P.S. I’m writing this from home on a weekday because I am so sleep-deprived that I had to take a day off from work. Ah, the never-ending ups and downs of life with a baby!

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Not All Bottle Feeding Is Created Equal

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One of the main inspirations I had for creating this blog was seeing a lot of exclusively pumping (EP) moms being treated like formula feeding (FF) moms. This is not at all a formula-bashing post. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using formula, whether it’s exclusive or just to supplement. The two methods are, however, very different. As a member of several Facebook mom groups, including breastfeeding groups, I saw a lot of EP moms asking questions, and most of the answers (except in the EP group) seemed more more applicable to FF than to EP.

For example, I saw moms being told to dump their unfinished bottles after a couple hours. That breast milk is a precious commodity! We work hard for it, and it is a legitimate crime to waste even a single drop of liquid gold! Read more

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Vocabulary Lesson

Let’s start with the basics. Becoming a mom in social media means entering a whole new world of terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. Below is a list of common terms I’ve come across in the mom and pumping world. I’ll update this as I discover new ones. Please feel free to leave a comment with any terms you don’t see here.

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A Quick Note

I have been back to work for just over a month now. I will go into much more detail about that later, but I wanted to share this quick little post right now.

After a very long, busy week, I dropped my daughter off this morning feeling like I had barely spend two minutes with her. So tonight I postponed my 6:30pm pump and dinner (which will be leftover frozen pizza because it’s quick and I forgot to take the meat out to thaw) to spend an extra thirty minutes snuggling my sweet baby girl while she napped. Read more

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Welcome

As a new mom, I am constantly trading questions, advice, and experiences with other moms. I created this blog to store my thoughts about motherhood, especially my pumping journey.

I am no June Cleaver – let’s just establish that right away. My house is a mess, I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Yesterday, I found out I’ve been using my pump wrong for the entire 3 months I’ve been pumping. So if you’re looking for a blog that is going to help you get your life together, keep looking. And when you find it, come back and share it with me!

Being a mom is exhausting, frustrating, exciting, and completely amazing. I’m excited to share the good, bad, tips and tricks, and everything in between. Connecting with other moms has been the best tool that’s helped get me through this adventure so far, and I hope this blog can be that tool for others. Read more