My first few ounces

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Yesterday morning I sat down with my Lactina breastpump (on loan from the Mothers’ Milk Bank) and pumped my first few ounces of breast milk to donate to the bank.

Ava has been very interested in learning about the whole process of mommy pumping for other babies who’s mommies don’t make milk, and wanted to watch me pump. I thought it would be distracting to me to have her watch, but it turns out she had quite the opposite effect. Jody kept her downstairs for a while as I was getting set up and I could hear her asking if I was pumping yet. Once I’d been pumping for about 5 to 7 minutes and was feeling a tad frustrated because my milk wasn’t letting down (even though I was looking at baby pics of both Ava and Julian on the wall for inspiration), I told him to let her come upstairs. It certainly couldn’t hurt at that point. A minute or so after she walked into the room and started talking to me, my milk let down. Yay! I should have known that having her or Julian (who was napping at the time) in the room with me could only help.

I was only able to pump 2 oz. on my first try, but I am hoping that as I get into the routine of doing it daily (and up my water and oatmeal intake), I’ll be able to produce more. That’s the beauty of supply and demand. :)

Thanks again to Jennifer at The Lactivist for mentioning a couple months ago that Denver’s Mothers’ Milk Bank was having a severe shortage. Without that knowledge, I don’t know that I would’ve been motivated to look into it and start donating.

If you are interested in donating your breast milk, please read this article and contact a milk bank in your area. Many sick or premature babies and their mommies thank you.

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I have to add that seeing Ina May talk Friday night was amazing. I hope to find some time in the next few days to write all about it. I wish I was able to take notes while I was there so I don’t forget anything, but with my bouncing baby boy on my lap, that wasn’t exactly a possibility. ;)

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11 thoughts on “My first few ounces

  1. I had planned to go see Ina May also!! I should have known you were going to be there. Unfortunately (well, really… fortunately) Matt and I got the chance to go away sans kids this weekend, so I wasn’t able to go. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  2. when i was donating, it really, really helped to nurse ellia on one side and pump on the other.. major milk production, LOL!!

  3. Good for you! I’m going to have to call and see if they have something like that around here. I’m not sure if it’s too late, K being 9 months now, but I’m going to check.

  4. I’m glad you went to the evening chat. That would’ve been fun to see her in a parenting forum. I can’t believe that no one in the “professional” community has posted about the conference or the evening event on any of our email groups (even with me begging for a story or two) so I will be looking forward to your account!

    “frectis”

  5. That is really great Amy!! Have you tried pumping while nursing? I know it helped me a lot when I had to back to work and had to pump for the kids :( Good luck and that is true…supply and demand is awesome!

  6. Happy Birthday (one day late)to one of the best human beings on the planet. And thank you for two beautiful grandchildren and for caring about children you don’t even know and may never meet. You are such a good role model for my little granddaughter, Ava.
    I love you and am very proud of you.

  7. Hat’s off to you! I tried and tried to pump, and was miserable at it. Although, I never tried to pump while nursing, as your commenters have suggested. Of course – it probably would have solved all my problems. Happy belated birthday, and good luck with the milk banking.

  8. It’s been mentioned, but the only way that I could pump was while Savannah was nursing.

    I really hope to be able to donate when my next kiddo comes! You’ve really inspired me (once again, LOL!)

  9. Probably the distraction helped you let down…sitting there waiting for milk can give you performance anxiety! Good work starting out. You are so lucky to have such a good supply.

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