I am so proud to say that we have hit a full YEAR of breastfeeding! I've hit my goal and we are still going strong. As of today, 08/20/17 It has been over 2 weeks since I chose NOT to pump. I chose to allow my body to regulate based on the few times that Micah does still feed, at night to go to sleep, if he wakes up at night, after coming home from work and back to night time. I feel so much happier, not having to drag my pump around, and not letting my pump session dictate my schedule. This has definitely been one of the most challenging and testing parts of becoming a mom, the non-stop schedules, constant pumping, bagging, freezing, etc.
A breakdown from this past year:
▪️Pumping up to 8 times a day
▪️Took over 5 freezers at one time (work, home, in-laws, david's work and my aunt's freezer)
▪️Proud to have had the honor of donating my frozen milk
▪️Pumped while eating, getting ready, in the car, at work, at whoever's house, on the airplane, at work conferences, at disneyland, at church, while people were over, on my lunch breaks, anytime I needed to, i did it!
▪️The most I've ever pumped in one session was 28 ounces
▪️Never had mastitis ONCE this time around
▪️Instead of buying tons of bottles, I truly hated how much time I used to spend washing them, I kept 2 larger #medela bottles and had about 6 smaller ones for storage and overflow and it helped so much!
▪️#lansinoh Milk bags were my favorite this time around, I loved how flat they stored, #babiesrus used to be my favorite until they changed their bag completely
▪️used the same @medela_us pump as I did from 4 years ago and it still worked great! Tip: remember to change out your pumping parts every other month. Their battery pack was a life saver for times I didn't have access to an outlet. The car charger backup was just as useful!
▪️I did have a back up manual hand pump also from medela, but I didn't get to use it that many times because I always over-produced my hands would always be too tired!
▪️my biggest tip would be to never give up if your intent is to continue breastfeeding. Every mom is different and no matter how you go about your journey, you are always MORE THAN ENOUGH!