Inspired by Jill’s post of her freezer full of milk, I decided to take a picture of my own. As you can plainly tell, even with only pumping twice a day and giving two or three breastmilk bottles each day I have a bit of an oversupply issue. It was amassing in heaps in the freezer but luckily I found some trusty ice trays that are the perfect size for the Lansinoh bags and have made organization a bit easier. (And are significantly cheaper than those silly breastmilk storage containers — what a waste! Don’t bother!)
Breastfeeding has not been what I expected it to be. (Really, what ever is?) Honestly, I didn’t think I would be able to breastfeed. I’m not really sure why I felt this way but several of my friends have had problems and I thought that I might too. I went into it prepared with lots of knowledge from books and a few friends who have successfully breastfed. I just told myself that if it didn’t work it wouldn’t be the end of the world. All of my research has pointed to the fact that some breastmilk is better than none and I tried really hard to keep an open mind about the entire process.
I think I told my poor labor nurse that I wanted to breastfeed about a hundred times while I was in labor (okay, more like 3, but still…). After Bo was born and cleaned up we had our first attempt and much to my amazement he latched right on, proving from the start he was a true We.it.l — he loves to eat!!
I hate to be “one of those people” but it really has been fairly easy for both Bo and me. Bo has gained weight well. Besides his cold he has been healthy. He has no trouble switching between the breast and bottle. We’ve been lucky.
Besides the ice cube trays I’ve also found my pump, bustier, Boppy, and Hooter Hider valuable assets to breastfeeding. I use the pump, bustier, and Boppy constantly. The Hooter Hider I only use when we are out and I don’t have a bottle pumped or when we have company. (I’d rather not flash my FIL!) I found both the bustier and Hooter Hider on eBay for really good prices — so make sure to check there first if you are shopping for breastfeeding supplies!* Even with my “breastfeeding tools” and storage we are saving money by not buying formula. That is a nice perk — and heaven knows I have to eat anyway!!
I really don’t enjoy pumping but I pump after Bo’s morning feeding for a bottle (or two) to take to Grandma’s for while I am at work. I also pump right before I go to bed and I still end up with engorgement in the morning.** Pumping is usually when I get my blog reading time in — I’ve found I produce more when I don’t think about what I’m doing — sometimes so much I overflow the bottles, which can be quite the mess!
As far as the freezer goes, it will soon be taken over by baby products. I am planning to make and freeze Bo’s first solids (yum! pureed sweet potatoes!) so between milk and frozen babyfood our freezer is definitely going to be yielding to capacity!
*Thanks to my friends who recommended these products!
**Any advice as to how to regulate the supply without making it non-existent would be greatly appreciated! He currently eats at 8, 11, 2, 5, 8 and some nights another feeding (lately at 5 am) and I pump at 9 am and 10 pm.