Back when I went back to work when she was only 4 months old, pumping every day for her was a huge chore. I got up early to pump before I got ready for work. I then would pump 4 times during my normal 11 hour day away from Patsy (1.5 hour commute each way, 8 hour work day).
|Storing my pump parts in the fridge between sessions. Crucial time saver. And I'm lazy.|
As she started solid foods, 5 times went to 4. I was still waking up early, but dropped one of my work day sessions. Then, I enjoyed my sleep a little too much and started sleeping through my morning session so we were down to 3. After the most recent power outage, I realized how much milk I really had in our freezer. (I had to transport it to another freezer until our power was restored. Crisis averted.) And now we're down to 2 sessions per day.
|Freezer stash filling up an entire cooler. Holy crap.|
I've been looking forward to ending my pumping journey for months. Looking forward to that one year mark where I could stop pumping on a regular basis. I never expected to feel sad about the fact that as we approach her first birthday, she is less dependent upon me for her nourishment. I was her only food source for 6 months of her life. That is kind of crazy to think about! I still plan on breastfeeding beyond a year, in the mornings and evenings. My justification for it is that she has zero plans on stopping any time soon. She really loves nursing. Also, I'm away from her for most of the day, most of the week. I think she nurses for comfort at home as she misses me while I'm gone. I really want to enjoy the time where she smiles when she sees me walk through the door, smiles as she looks up at me while she's nursing, and gets so excited she jumps for joy when I walk into the room. And just enjoy this time while she is still a baby, as I know she won't be a baby forever. And I mean, let's be real folks... who could deny this face.
I still haven't quite gotten the balls to post a breastfeeding selfie on social media, or here. Major props to Michelle, Meghan, Jen and Ashley who keep it real about their own breastfeeding journeys on their blogs. Breastfeeding is definitely an adventure, but one that I felt has been worth taking. :)
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