today is my son's 1st birthday! (pumping update)

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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as some of you remember, i am an exclusively pumping momma. not that long ago, i posted here about feeling guilty about the possibility of stopping pumping when my son turned 1 year...well, today was my sons birthday and i can say for sure that i am not ready to be done yet. i am still seriously kicking myself for not working harder to get my son to latch when he was a wee babe because this would not even be an issue if he were actually nursing. that regret i think will live in me for a very long time and i am afraid that if i stop pumping right now, that i will regret that as well. so as of right now we are pressing onward with pumping and taking it month by month, week by week :)

for the first couple of months of my sons life, we did not have the internet. if we did, i think we would have been successful with getting Holden to latch, and i never would have resorted to pumping. This community has been such a big help, even though i'm not nursing...so i want to say thank you, mommas! i have absolutely no doubt in my mind that when the hubby and i are in a position to have more babes, that i will be able to successfully nurse and reach my breastfeeding goals :)

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Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2010

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thank you both for your kind words, and birthday wishes! its been really difficult but all this has just made me more passionate about breastfeeding, and breastfeeding education. seeing Holden grow and thrive on the milk that i make for him has made it all worth it, and its what has kept me going.

i probably will have to stop pumping in january (he'll be 14ish months old) because my school schedule is going to be CRAZY but i have enough milk in the freezer to last a couple months past that.

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2010

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I was thinking about you the other day, and wondering if you had sucessfully gotten your son to latch. I'm sorry that didn't work out, but major high-fives to you w/ being able to keep pumping. I hate it and avoid it however I can. Seriously, good job w/ keeping on going. Happy birthday to Holden too!

Brittany - posted on 11/18/2010

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I am a big sap and got teary eyed from reading this. that is amazing that you have stuck to it and gave the best for your baby even when it wasnt necissarily the easiest. i couldnt imagine dedicating all of my time to pumping as you have and for that i believe you should be respected much more than a nursing mom because you are that and much more! congrats and happy birthday to your little one! he is an absoulte doll! what an amazing job you have done! you are only a year older than me and i find that no one i know my age even tries to breastfeed yet alone be dedicated enough to exclusively pump! that is just amazing! ♥

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