BUMMMMMBED

Brandy - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I had a goal of at least 1 year breastfeeding. I have worked and worked at my milk supply. I even took a vacation with just me my baby and my pump for a week. I reallly made it to 11 months 1 week. I was 24 days shy of my goal. I had to take formula to the baby sitter becuase I was unable to pump enough for today. I'm about to cry. I still plan to continue to BF as long as my body will let me. I just am now having to supplement with formula for daycare. I know this in itself will prolly cause me to have a worse milk supply. But, I can't leave her at the sitter all day with no milk. Like the subject says, I'm just bummmbed!?!?!

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Brandy - posted on 04/07/2011

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Thank you LADIES!!!! I truely needed all the encourgment. You all are such a wonderful group of mammas to help me cheer up and make it though this!

Brittany - posted on 04/02/2011

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no worries. i recently worked 3 weeks at a job that required me to be there 55 hrs. per week. at the end of the three weeks i called my husband up oneday and was hysterical in tears. he asked whats wrong and i told him that i am missing out on everything and my son is starting to walk and i do not want to miss that and worse of all i had used up 1/2 of my freezer stock of pumped milk that took forever to aquire to cover our son while i've been away and i just cant pump anymore because i am so tired and literally CAN NOT let down to a pump. I was pumping in my car for my hour lunch break and still got nothing. I woke up 2 hours early to pump in the morning and... nothing. I was heartbroken and felt like such a failure. he reassured me that me lasting this long is beyond amazing and i've done the best i can. he reminded me that most mommies dont even make it to 6 months. it calmed me down and felt so good to hear that. i am not a bad mommy because i couldn't pump anymore. i did not fail at anything. i tried and gave the best to my son for as long as possible. you have to knock out the negative and see all the positive and let your hard work and dedication be something you are proud of. it's not easy... it's not supposed to be but just because you are doing it makes it that much more special.

then i quit... came home... and fed my son. "Ahhh... that's more like it!" lol

Elizabeth - posted on 04/02/2011

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This is a perfect example of "mommy guilt". What you are doing for your child in BF for as long as you have is fantastic. I commend you on your persistence. Don't sweat the small things..there will be more challenges to save your energy for.

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Keep pumping at work and that will help with supply. Just some thoughts: is she eating a lot of solids? At this age she could have more solids and water during the day, but she would probably want to nurse much more in the evening and maybe even at night.

You've done a great job and you're still continuing to breastfeed. You're still going to meet your goal!

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2011

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Are you kidding? The fact that you went as long as you have is fantastic. Plus - The fact that you are still nursing despite the setback is wonderful. Don't be bummed, be proud of yourself.

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You did great! And you did nurse without formula for a year, don't give yourself a hard time over a few days. Plus you are still nursing your LO! It's lovely that you are still giving her that, congratulations to being a great mom!

Cher - posted on 04/01/2011

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aww dont beat yourself up! Thats awsome that you nursed for that long,sooo many people give up after the 1st week! I say you should be patting yourself on the back for how long you nursed!

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