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Happy Monday! Hope you have a great weekend. My day went like this…
alarm at 515, my sick body rolled out of bed at 615. I packed up hubbys cooler and sent him out the door at 7. Was about to start pumping but Kalvin woke up so I had to wait and give him a bottle. He sounded wheezy so I decided to multitask and bring him in the shower with me figuring the steam would loosen him up. He loved it. I threw on some clothes the babysitter arrived I grabbed my things and left. I did my makeup as I drove down the road… got to the house still haven’t pumped since 10pm the night before. ugh the pain of engorgement…

talked chandeliers and plans for the house. Kind of overwhelming. Once the meeting was done I had to find something to eat somewhere and get some caffeine in my veins stat. So I drove to the coffee shop grabbed a coffee found a place in a parking lot that no one would see me and I sat and pumped… not exactly what I wanted to be doing with my “kid free” time, but I have to. You probably dont really care what my morning was like or what I was doing but its important. IF you have never pumped before you know how shitty it is if you get off your routine. An engorged breast is worse than a thorn in your foot. Your probably wondering why I am exclusively pumping by now… Well Kalvin has a very tight tongue tie. When he was born my milk came in and we were able to breastfeed great. Then a couple weeks passed, we started struggling. He was having swallowing issues and was very colicky. One night I just realized I should pump and find a bottle he did better with. SO that is what I did, and I’ve been pumping every 4 hours since…

I try and pump every 4 hours but it sucks. Ill be honest it is so hard to find the time and it pumping hurts so its borderline torture. I’m lucky if I can pump 3 times a day most days. Thankfully I have a great milk supply. Here is what I am doing to keep my supply up so that I can get away with only pumping 3 times. I make between 20 and 30 ounces of milk a day. Every night I take prenatal, coconut oil, fenugreek, and flax seed. I drink a meal replacement protein shake that is organic plant based and gluten free every day. I buy chocolate orgain and mix with water and soy milk. I also drink mother milk tea every night. When I wake up in the morning I power pump. I pump for an hour and get 8-10 ounces. Then I start my day. I power pump when the kids nap in the afternoon and then when everyone (including my husband) is sleeping and get another 8-10 a session.

I typically will wait to pump until Kevin goes to bed because I only see him for a couple hours a night when he gets home from work and I hate to be hooked up to a machine during that time. I try to watch tv with him in bed until he falls asleep and then I sneak out… A big reason why I started blogging was just because of ALLLLLL the time I spend sitting feeding Kalvin a bottle and then pumping. Between pumping and bottle feeding Im sitting almost 8 hours a day!! Koko handles it pretty well, I have come up with some tricks to keep her entertained and typically it goes pretty well. I have a basket of things she likes, her amazon fire tablet, an iphone for youtube kids, coloring books, stickers, funny toys. I give her that basket if I need to and she usually finds something to entertain herself.

Kalvin is now almost 3 months and man am I tired of pumping…. I tried to nurse him and his tongue tie is really noticeable It hurts really really bad because his latch is so poor. I toughed through it this weekend because we are all fighting colds and honestly the best way for your body to produce the proper antibodies is to get babies saliva on your nipple… Im no doctor so I cant explain technically what happens but its true. Breastmilk is incredible. I am looking into having Kalvins tongue tie snipped. I wish I did not have to I was hoping it would stretch, but its not. I think it will cause some speech problems in the future so we decided to get it done… Now I just have to find someoneI trust to doit.

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