I'm weaning from the pump right now, but I'm in a different situation since I only pump and have a HUGE stash. I won't miss pumping, but it is a little sad that the time is coming
Hi guys. I'm so sorry for not keeping up here. Everyone has done so well. This week has been a struggle with bf'ing because M has been sick but today it seems that things are starting to improve. I really can't believe I've made it this far!
Sorry I've been mia from this thread forever too! But about the biting problems... what I've found is that when they're getting teeth and kind of experimenting with them, I try to make extra sure that I have a good latch at the start of the nursing session. If you guys are anything like me, as time has gone on my latch technique has sort of slipped as the nips have toughened up and can take the nipple feeding. But if Grady bites me when I have a really deep latch on him, it doesn't really hurt as it's not on the tender parts.. Just a thought...
Kirsten, I finally figured out the deep latch part this past week!! Ev was killing me with the biting and it's only on one side. Like you, I don't usually pay much attention to his latch but I figured if I made an effort to get a good latch it might stop him from biting and sure enough it did!
I hate it when Vi bites! The deep latch is a great idea and it works for us too as long as Violet isn't popping off every 2 seconds to check out her sister, or the dog, or whatever! lol
DH Daniel 8/06
DD Ruby 6/07
DD Violet 4/09
DS Frederick 2/11
Hi Shannon! I've been wondering how you are doing!!! Good to see you!
I think I've decidied to start weaning, I have started giving her a few bottles of formula during the day, but still nursing her 2-3 times also, I have mixed feelings, I mean she is so close to 1, that I should just keep going, But I'm just kind of ready to be done, My Right nip gets so sore when She latches, cause she just tugs it and pulls it, And since my milk has gone down, with her eating more, And my BB's are sooo small again, I feel like its just makes it hurt worse...And its so much easier With Daycare To just make her a bottle once in a while. Maybe I'll keep up doing both, I don't know.
I'm only a few days away from being DONE with pumping. I should be happy, right? I am but I am having mixed emotions about this. While I hate being tied down to the pump and watching what I eat so it doesn't bother Brooke's tummy, there is a small part of me that will miss pumping. I like providing for the girls and I liked pumping while I was at work because eventhough I wasn't with them, I will still "taking care" of them. It's sad that they are growing up and moving on to bigger and better things.
It's funny how your opinions of things change once you actually are faced with the situation. I had always said I was NOT going to BF and I never really thought of pumping until my SIL did it. I used to think people were crazy for BFing and for doing it for more then a year. I TOTALLY understand why some women do it for as long as the child wants to and for as long as it is still working. It's nice to be able to provide something for your child that no one else can.
I know I will REALLY be sad when the last of the frozen milk is gone and we have our freezer back. In a few days we will have a whole shelf in the freezer that has NO milk on it, and it is kind of sad to see the free space in the freezer when it has been full of milk for SO many months now. DH said that since we have space he will now get me an ice cream cake from Cold Stone, so at least something good is coming from this!!!
Ah Tara! I understand...pumping might be a PITA but it's a direct link to the babies. I hate pumping too but I know I'll be sad once everything is done with. Hopefully that won't be for several more months, though! I plan on stopping pumping by her birthday...so I still have a month but I also don't have the freezer stash that you do.
Oh Tara...big hugs!! I got sad at Ev's last appt. when his doctor was talking about weaning and how I can't just expect him to quit cold turkey. You are truly amazing in being able to pump for twins and donate as much as you have!! Remember to be very proud of yourself...you are doing great things for your girls!