I Am A Walking Milk Factory

I’ve been feeling a little down that I can’t seem to get anything done these days.  Mornings are a blur, I get to work, come home, make dinner, and before I know it, it’s bedtime.  Tonight I actually got the catboxes clean, but that was about it.

In talking with a friend, I realize part of the problem is that I spend a significant portion of my “free” time either pumping or nursing.  I pump four times a day, two of which are during the workday, so that Nova will have her 16-19 oz of milk at daycare.  Then I also nurse; once in the morning, 2-3 times in the evening, and 2-3 times during the night.  A large portion of my day is spent expressing milk–no wonder I get absolutely nothing done.

So apparently my job, besides the one I actually get paid for, is to produce milk.  Moo.

Author: ~R

I write about life, people, and the things that interest in me. Which often includes death, sex, friendship, and the future of humanity. I hope for the best in people and I prepare for the worst. But no matter what happens, change is constant and everything will be ok.

3 thoughts on “I Am A Walking Milk Factory”

  1. I agree that pumping, nursing, leaking, smelling of milk…and all the work that we sometimes have to do to make sure these little ones get human milk is hard work. Even when I had to pump 4 hours a day for Morella (in the beginning), and eventually got it down to just 2 1/2 hours a day (not including bottle making, washing, pump care and what not) … I have never felt the cow reference. I don’t know what’s wrong me in that I have never liked it, even in jest. A cow, in most cases, doesn’t have a choice — we do. Therefore it’s not something to be taken lightly.

    You are doing great work providing milk for Nova now and for as long as you can. And when you can’t anymore you still did a kick ass job.

    But we are mammals…so next time you should say “God, I feel like I am breastfeeeding my child all the time — I feel like a lioness!”

  2. I know how you feel. I too was pumping 4 times a day to keep up with Alex. By the time he was 4 months old, even that wasn’t enough and he was getting about 8 ounces of formula a day (at daycare). But he was drinking four 8 ounce bottles in 10 hours! 3 times a day at work plus once at night, after his last feeding. I cut back when he turned 6 months old because I just couldn’t keep that pace.

    With Beth I couldn’t keep up at all. Even nursing her once an hour for five hours straight, she still wasn’t happy. We had to supplement her with formula when she was two weeks old, and never stopped. I decided not to kill myself pumping this time and only pumped twice a day when I went back to work. She didn’t get nearly as much breast milk as Alex did, but I did what I could. I just couldn’t keep the same pace as I did with Alex or I would have lost my sanity.

    You’re doing what you can and you’ll know when it’s time to cut back and find some more time for yourself. Until then, you are doing what’s best for Nova and sometimes that’s all that matters.

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