breastfeeding 2.0

 

[part two]

in case you missed the first part of this segment, you can read it here!

i left off by explaining how i started building up my ‘back-to-work supply’ by using a pump. using a pump can be intimidating and unexciting, for sure. unfortunately, most places of work don’t allow you to bring you baby 24/7 (sad face), so it is what it is… if you’re going to keep using breast milk, you and your pump will become best friends.

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i would say that by the twelve week marker, you and your baby should be in a pretty good routine. the baby has grown quite a bit, you are both more comfortable with each other and nursing, and the routine is much more set now. by the time i had to go back to the ol’ work grind with eleanor, she was eating about every three hours. i knew about how many ounces she was eating and, therefore, i knew about what i needed to pump during my work day.

here’s how my daily feeding/pumping schedule looked:
(also, my work day started at 7am and ended at 3:30pm…which would be important to note for our routine)

5:00/5:30am:
early on, eleanor would wake up on her own to nurse. later i’d dream-feed her at this time. eventually, i cut this out (around the time she started really eating regular foods).

8:30am:
my first pump session at work. i would shoot for two to three let-downs during each session (just pay attention to the flow and you can tell when you’re having a let-down!)…and generally this would equal to about 15-20 minutes.
*you will get the largest volume of milk at your first pump of the day. it will slowly get smaller as the day goes on.*

11:30am:
my second pump session.

2:30pm:
my third pump session.

5:30pm:
at first, eleanor nursed right at this time. there would be times that she would nurse when i got home (so around 4:30pm), especially if she had an off day. as she got older, she started cutting this feeding out to eat more regular foods and then would nurse before bed.

8:00/8:30pm:
before bed feeding.

11:00pm/12:00am:
she would wake up for this nursing session in the beginning, but as she got older – i’d gauge how full i felt before bed and i’d either leave her be or dream-feed her. eventually cutting this out, as well.

3:00/4:00am, sometimes until 5:00/5:30am:
nursing session. as she got older, she started waking more times than not around 3am. i honestly think it became more of a comfort (for her AND me, too) than actual hunger after a while. there came a time when she was about 9 to 10 months old that i’d let her cry out for me and then wait to see if she would soothe herself back to sleep. sure enough – she did, and has been sleeping like a rock ever since. i can literally just put her in her room at night and she doesn’t (usually) make a single noise.

after i went back to work, i really only pumped while i was away from eleanor. there were very few times that i needed to pump on the go. while i was a way from her during the day, she was eating right around the same times i would be pumping – and, from what i’ve researched, that is ideal. now, there are some professions that will not allow this due to responsibilities and such. that’s okay! just pump when you can. i think the ultimate goal when pumping is certainly to get as much milk as possible – or about what your baby is eating while you’re away. don’t forget you still have a stash from your maternity leave to provide a little cushion.

my pump schedule remained the same until eleanor was about nine months old. at that point, i was actually laid off from my job. i was at home for about seven weeks and just nursed her exclusively then. once i returned to work, i decided to pump twice a day and then pretty quickly went down to just once…eventually tapering off to zero. i decided that i had a pretty good supply at home and she was only nursing in the mornings and at night. by her first birthday, i was done pumping.

this all worked for US. it isn’t for everyone. and each family will have to be comfortable with their own routines. sometimes you have to be creative and roll with the punches! #momlife

you can find our five favorite nursing essentials here.

and i want to end this little segment by saying this:
i have several friends that are having babies and not all breastfeeding journeys are ideal. heck – some chose not to breastfeed and some didn’t have the same breastfeeding experience ethe second time around. every pregnancy is different. every baby is different.

but i want ALL of you new mommas out there to hear me: this is YOUR baby and you are its mother. no one on this earth has more love for that child than you and no one can do what you do. you know what is best for your baby. period. follow your instinct. follow your gut. follow your heart. don’t be afraid to reach out to your mom community and ask for help. we’re all here pulling for each other. motherhood is SO hard and SO rewarding. it is the absolute best blessing in the universe. not everyone is chosen to have this job, but YOU were. carry it with pride, because YOU ARE A MOM.

 

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one year.

my sweet girl is about fifteen months now. i feel like i didn’t get a chance to really gush all about her around her actual birthday, so i thought i’d share a little about eleanor now that i have a chance to breathe and upload some of these photos.

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eats: everything. eleanor (and everett for that matter) are ALWAYS asking for snacks. or she’ll be begging for whatever you’ve got on your plate or in your cup! loves any cookie, pretzels, cheese puffs, blueberries, watermelon, dirt, rocks, pasta, cereal, french fries, and – most importantly – all the milk.

loves: stealing swigs of my coffee and snacks (did i already say that?). loves her sleep + dinos (good thing everett has too many to keep track of!). always pulling out her bows + barrettes when she’s in the car, plus ditching the pig tails that took me a good 10 minutes to sit her down for in the first place. wearing just her diaper/pjs with one shoe is her jam. tell her ‘NO’ she giggles at you, looks at you with those baby blues, and does it anyway. she loves to be outside and barefoot. destroying rooms in 2 seconds flat. dancing, jumping, books, + her stuffed animal collection.

says: she’s really saying a lot of words in the last few weeks. she says momma, dada, yaya, grandman, kiki, bubby, everett, thank you, and she just started saying ‘woof’ like a pup. which is the cutest thing ever. and she is trying to say her cousin ivey’s name too.

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eleanor is full of personality. she is such a fun-loving, free spirit. she loves to be held and snuggled at all times, yet she’ll want to go on her own in the same moment. she is so curious and loves her brother so much. she looks up to him and tries her little heart out to do any + everything he’s doing. it has to be the best thing in the world to watch them chase each other around the house, laughing hysterically. man, do i love being their momma!

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PS: these gorgeous photos were taken by beautiful friend abigail gorski photography. if you’re in the STL region and need a family or wedding photographer – LOOK HER UP! she is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. plus she is magical with children.

 

 

 

 

l a t e l y

total chaos. that is what comes to mind when i think of how hectic the last few weeks have been.

rett started school a few weeks ago. as you can see below, we totally nailed that first day photo… also, i had the class screamer. i was honestly shocked – and a little embarrassed that he was OUT OF HIS MIND when i tried to leave…so i was actually laughing the whole time. looking back, i feel bad for laughing but the situation was so out of character for him that i couldn’t help it! once i left the principal sent me a text with a smiling photo of my boy, so that made it all better. and when i picked him up, he said that he had, and i quote, a peachy day. haha! needless to say, we retook the first day picture when we got home.

moving has been so fun! i LOVE it! i could literally do this once a week…said no one EVER. E.V.E.R. i already told andrew that i will move one more time into our last home. that is it. moving is for the birds. #overit did i mention that i hate moving?

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in the midst of everything else – andrew went up to canada for a hunting trip, so thankfully my mom and sister helped me out with unpacking and with the kids. i don’t know what i’d do without them! although this process has been a little crazy, it is going to be so awesome living next door to my family.

so now we are just doing our new normal and it’s going great! i think we are all settled in. and i plan to get back into the swing of things around here, too. just in time for fall! here’s to pumpkin spice everything!

happy friyay!

xx