Hey y’all Brittany here and I blog over at The Ashmore’s !
I am a wife, mama of 2, and 1st grade teacher living in Texas! From since I can remember I always longed to breastfeed my children. I would see women feeding their child and think how amazing that was to be able to do that.
After I gave birth to Oakland over 5 years ago I thought I would breastfeed and that it would be simple. He latched on right away but it hurt and he would still cry. BUT he was getting some milk the lactation consultant said. I pumped from day 2 when I was told he was going to the NICU because he had some sort of infection and they caught it early. THIS BROKE MY HEART! HE WAS JUST FINE THE DAY BEFORE!!!!!!!!!! WHY WERE THEY TAKING HIM AWAY?!?!?!? SO I was discharged and he s t a y e d. That tore Jerod and I apart. That experience definitely tested our faith and made us stronger. Trials always seem to do that.. I was pumping NON-STOP for my baby boy because I did not want him on formula in the NICU… they had to supplement a little or so they told me. I was bringing milk up every day when we would see him. I would pump at home and then bring that pumped milk up to the NICU and feed him out of a bottle and I even had him nursing with a nipple shield. FINALLY the glorious day came 7 days later he got to come home!
His latch was improper and it shouldn’t hurt my LC told me. He was a little lip and tongue tied and that could be a problem with his latching I was told. I continued to try and nurse but would have him on me for like an hour at a time! I was getting nothing done…. and so I started to pump…. I was getting a lot but I thought I should try and make more by taking an herb called fenugreek which I have talked about before and I highly recommend it! I took 9 pills a day and staying home with him so pumping was easier then with him.
I got a teaching job when he was 8 months! I was ecstatic! BUT- I wouldn’t be with my baby anymore during the day. 🙁 I knew God had plans and that it was going to work out. SO I started to pump less because I was going back to work. I pumped while working for only 3 months because this was my first year of teaching and it was taking a toll on me. I pumped for 11 months straight for my sweet baby and wouldnt of had it ANY other way!
So this brings me to Ainsley! She latched on right away ( or so I thought she did) I don’t think she was getting near enough and she was realllllly hurting me also! OH NO NOT AGAIN….. well the doctor said she had a slight tongue tie also! I tried the nipple shield and it lasted for a little while but I was an exclusive pumper before and it worked so I thought I’d go back to pumping! I was okay with that. Breastfeeding didn’t work for us the 1st time and it was not working the 2nd time around. I thought as long as I am providing my milk for her I was okay with that! I was SOOOO blessed to have been an OVER PRODUCER from day 1 with her! So I started to freeze the milk… I was pumping 15 ounces at each session just about! I was not even taking fenugreek!!!!
I stopped pumping for 2 days because it was so hard pumping with a newborn, toddler, husband, and trying teach and couldn’t bear it… so I started taking herbs finally to get my supply back up and miraculously it came back!
Here is a list of the pills I took while pumping exclusively:
Fenugreek: 3 pills 3x a day. Each capsule is 1500 mg. ($11.99 each) 90 capsules in bottle
Shatavari: 2 pills. Each capsule is 500 mg. ($19.99 each) 60 capsules in bottle
Blessed Thistle: 2 pills 3x a day ($9.50 a day) 100 capsules in bottle
Pumping mommas I would suggest trying any of these!!!! It wouldn’t hurt 🙂
My board certified lactation consultant recommended doing these things while pumping:
fenugreek ( 12 pills a day)
mothers milk tea
a ton of water
pump as often as possible ( going to be hard since I teach)
skin to skin
Pumping was an amazing experience for me. Some women hate the thought of being strapped up to a machine for hours at a time but I actually enjoyed it. I was able to provide the best nutrients for my children. I am SO thankful I was able to pump!
Thanks for taking the time to read about my personal pumping experience!