Tuesday, July 27, 2010

If My Pump Could Talk

<- It's NOT this easy or glamorous (love the wind on her hair :)

If my pump could talk, it would say it wants to retire. It would say it has seen enough of my womanhood and doesn't want to be my nightly companion anymore. Our relationship is troubled.

Not that it's broken or anything. It's just that this whole milking myself saga is getting old. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Melissa's awake waaaay more during the day, so then I become more sensitive, if you know what I'm saying. I honestly don't mind nursing right now, I just don't want to do it forever. I'm NOT one of those moms who does't have a timeline to stop and dread the day she'll have to. I'm SO not.

My timeline has changed throughout the months, though. When I had her, it was like a day. Just kidding - but not much because while recovering from delivery, nursing seemed close to impossible. Thank goodness for my wonderful persistent husband and the power pump I rented from the hospital (which allowed me to start slooooowly, just pumping in the beginning, until I got the hang of it).

Then I wanted to stop at 6 months, but at that mark, it got so easy (and she was so attached to it) that I just didn't have the heart... And now that we're at 9 months, I'm still doing okay - my only concern is that she'll never want to stop, ever.

I want to get pregnant again in about a year. I do not want to feel like a milking cow uninterruptedly. I hear some babies take the transition to regular milk like it's nothing, and I HIGHLY doubt Melissa will be one of them. She's such a strong willed little person. She does not tolerate not even an ounce of formula mixed into a million ounces of breastmilk. Picky, picky. Just like somebody I know :).

So let me read your weaning off stories... The crazier the better, I want to be prepared for the worst!


Shanna said...

Anne - I love your blog! You are so candid. It makes me smile.

You mean, I won't have makeup on, a sexy outfit
and wind blowing in my hair while I pump at my desk at the office? ;)

I wonder how long I will last... thanks for the insights. I'll be calling you next year for sure when I need some advice!

TIGHTWAD said...

Love the idea of taking pics of books you want to read as a record and then getting them at the library........... I'm going to give you a shout out in my next Thrifty Tips Thursday!

Anne Prado said...

@ Shanna - nope, this job might be wonderful and rewarding and all, but glamorous it is not :). I'll be here for any questions you might have!

@ TIGHTWAD - oh I'm so honored!! Can't wait to see it!

Humdrum Mum said...

I popped over from Lady Bloggers Society and liked this post. I wasn't able to nurse as I had no milk following a blood transfusion, so I have no story to tell but I wish you luck. Four and a half years on, I can say that nothing is easy, but it all looks easier when you look back on it than what it was at the time. -HMx

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