The musings of ME:
SAH mother of 3 kids, spouse of a doctor-in-residency, caretaker and teacher of random children.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nursing Woes

I have been trying to continue nursing Sam at least until he is 6 months old. This is a challenge now that my school has opened up because I can't nurse in front of the kids and right now I can't afford help because I don't have the enrollment to support it. So right now, I wake up with Sam at 5 am, feed him, then pump at 7:00 right before my kids get here. Then I can't pump again till naptime at 1:00 and then again after dinner around 7ish. Each time I pump I only get about 6-8 oz because I am not pumping enough and my body thinks Sam isn't eating as much when in reality my 15 pound chunk 3.5 month old baby is now eating 6-8 oz every 3-4 hours. I am rapidly running out of my frozen breast milk supply. To make matters worse, today I am suffering from a UTI and I was in such pain, I woke up at 4:30am and have been up ever since. I broke down and had to take a Cystex for the pain, which goes through to Sam through my breastmilk. I nursed him at 5, then pumped at 7 right before I took it, then at naptime I had to dump all the milk I pumped down the drain! I felt physically ill (and not from the UTI, lol)!! That stuff is like liquid gold right now and I watched 8 oz of precious milk just get wasted down the drain! AAAHHH! I'm not going to make it!!


Shana said...

I know, I know, I know. Nursing is such a hard thing. Sometimes it is a sweet thing between you and your baby, but when you have such a busy life, it makes it really hard to do it like you need to be able to keep up a good supply.
I feel for you, I really do.

Are you really going to run the 5K? I'm not sure what to do? I will definately come and support and do the fun walk. Since coming back from Wyoming, I have only been running 2 times. My life is crazy right now, and have not been able to keep up a steady running schedule. We are so budy trying to get things settled with our house. We have our final walk thru Sept 18th, the day before the Race for the Cure.
So honestly, I'm a little scared to do the 5K timed race, because I'm not sure I'd do very well. But, if you do it with me, I might be more willing. You know?
What are you thinking about it?

La familia de Chesser said...

I hear ya, lady...I wanted to make it a year, and made it 7 months (which 2 months later, I am happy with). I was working nights at the time & pumped at night (when he was finally sleeping through) & sleeping during the day (when he was eating & I needed to be pumping). Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can & don't be hard on yourself (easier said than done...I know!). Good luck & know you're not alone!