You make the pancakes.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

And I'll bring the maple syrup smell.

It's that time again. Fenugreek and the resulting, wafting maple syrup smell that it induces.

As a follow up to this post, I have not purchased another pump. My hatred for this pump, runs deep, very deep, but ultimately, it's still doing it's job. I'm not sure how efficiently, but it is working. And so far, Ezra hasn't had a lick of formula [while Isaac had, several times over at this point while I struggled with returning to work at 7 weeks], so I guess I'm keeping up with the help of more milk plus. And when you push aside that issue, all that's really left is that I hate how my pump looks.

Gosh it's ugly. Sooooo nasty, especially with the stains that have been acquired over the years, but my rational side has won out. I can't buy a $250 pump, just because I don't like how mine currently looks. What's funny to me is that this bag actually serves a purpose and I can't shell out $250 for it and yet there are people who buy $250 purses without second thought! Ah, priorities.

My freezer stash has been hit big time though with all of my sessions, weddings and client meetings. I knew that there could be this possibility and tried to pump while on leave to really beef up my stash, but it's slowly been whittled down to 6 bags. Six. And I have no idea how or when I'll be able to add back to it. My hope is that I can make it to six months, when we start introducing solids, and then I might be able to catch up. We will see.


Unknown said...

Sixteen months later and I still have articles of clothing that reek of Fenugreek! In fact, I may have thrown a sweatshirt or two away because the smell was too much. Ahh....and yet I know that's all right around the corner for me!

You're doing great, mommy. Take it one day at a time and do what you can. Your little boy is healthy and will continue to be so because of your dedication.

Jenifer said...

You are doing a great job Leah. I have a Medela pump in style collecting dust in my closet. I got it on sale somewhere online and paid $200 for it. It was the one purchase I told myself I just had to have with Ian. And alas, I wasn't able to produce enough milk and so I pumped for 5 months before my supply dwindled. I sure hope I do better with milk supply with the next baby. I loved my pump but regardless of how well it worked, or how cute the bag was, carrying it around with me everywhere was so bothersome.

sunshineyou said...

Are you pumping while you're out during sessions? (I mean after/before.) I'm sure you've heard it all, but make sure you drink plenty of water, it helps with milk production. I know it's not fun, but try to pump as much as you can - even at home. Like after his morning feed, pump since that is usually when you are the fullest. Any little bit will help your supply (and your freezer stash!).

Dre said...

Oh, how I remember that smell! Sickly sweet. What I did to increase my stash is to pump first thing in the morning when my supply was the greatest. I would either feed him a bottle from the frozen stash (or formula) and then I would be able to put at least three bottles' worth in the freezer. The stash slowly replenished after a few days of this. Good luck!

rissarogers said...

Just a thought- toss that bag in the wash? Might make you feel a little better about the whole situation! (though I can sympathize- pumping a work is NO fun)

Laundering question for you, since I just mentioned it- how did that home-made laundry detergent work out???? I really want to try it but am curious to know how it worked out for you!

Thanks for your blog- I really enjoy reading it.

Jill said...

I'm going to writing an update to my supply here in the next day or so and I just took a picture of my pump to include. Funny how we are really experiencing some of the same things right now.

Oh Fenugreek. I love and hate you. I mean, you're helping my supply but you're killing my sex appeal. ha!

Your pump isn't ugly. Seriously, stop it!

When you aren't with your baby and you're doing sessions, do you pump on the run?

OMG, 6 bags! Girl... you'll get your stock up! That's scary but you're doing fine! Just keep pumping! Plus, I love saving what I pump on a Friday! Makes me so excited to save that entire days worth!

Glad it's going well!

Megan said...

You're doing great, don't ever forget that.

Unknown said...

You are a vetren - so this is probably old advice for you but I thought it couldn't hurt.

Have you tried the tea? It sinks too - but it helped me. I was REALLY low at one point - pumping just enough to get her through the next day. Then over the weekend I pumped after EVERY feeding for 10 minutes on each side Sat. and Sun. I also pumped a few hours after she went to bed - right before I did. She was sleeping about 6-7 hours at night then. That weekend really boosted my supply.

Pumps are annoying - o matter what they look like. Looking at my still makes me cringe. So many times I cried missing my daughter and praying for one more ounce.

Looking back I shouldn't have worried about it and neither should you.

Will said...

Ask your Dr. Or Midwife to write you a prescription for a pump. It's legit since you are working and it's a need. THEN your insurance company will cover the entire cost.

Bri said...

I was going to make the same suggestion as Will about having your doctor write a prescription for a pump. You should definitely check with your insurance company first, though, because I know not every company covers them! Good luck!

I gave up pumping 6 months or so ago, and I do not miss it one iota!

Unknown said...

I too smell like a plate full of waffles, but by golly if it works then I will do it!! I just need to find somewhere I can buy my fenugreek in bulk and all will be well = )


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