Liquid gold aka breast milk is a term you hear a lot around the Conlon household these days. The name was coined by my husband in the hospital when we learned how quickly it would stop Lucas from crying. However, even though it is usually the cure to stop that
sweet little cry, breastfeeding has also been one of the most stressful things for me as a mom.
At the beginning, I dreaded feeding him. I know that sounds awful, but it was not that pretty picture experience everyone shares. I dreaded when the clock struck that three hour feeding time because usually it was a disaster. Of course, I thought it was me and I was doing something wrong. I found myself in the middle of the night googling youtube videos, article on how to “properly” do it, using items like a breast feeding boppy pillow, but nothing was really helping. Finally, I went to a lactation specialist for help. After she watched our feeding she was in shock about the major major over supply of milk I had and how it was basically drowning him. This is a great “problem” to have, but even though it was a good thing, it had its own challenges. Lucas was either choking which lead to crying (screaming to be exact) or eating too much to0 fast which lead to projectile milk spit up. We both would be covered in milk and it typically ended with him not getting enough milk leading to a fussy baby shortly after. How were we supposed to do this 8 times a day when he was so unhappy doing it? Or how would I feed him in public with all the screaming, spit up, milk everywhere?
Since it was a major struggle, we had to figure out another way or work around. We continue to work on it every day – still waiting for the good ol saying practice makes perfect to come true – but pumping has saved us. I now pump before all his feedings (so time consuming) but it allows him to either bottle feed with breast milk which he is much better at or feed when my let-down is not nearly as strong. We do about 5 bottle feeds and 2 longer feedings on the breast per day. It isn’t ideal or how I pictured his feedings to go, but the most important thing to me is that he is getting the liquid gold … even if its from a bottle.
The below items have also really helped us and we are hoping that sharing our struggles can help others out there that might be experiencing similar ones.
At the time when I got this pump, I had no idea how much I was going to be using it. It is hands free which is a must when you are pumping for each feeding. I also love how small it is so I can throw it in my purse and pump on the go. Due to it being battery powered, I’ve pumped in my car, dressing room at the mall, friends houses etc. I highly suggest spending a little more for this awesome pump!
Milkies are amazing!!! As I mentioned above, I would be soaked in milk after a feeding but not anymore thanks to this awesome product. While you are feeding or pumping, you place the Milk-Saver on the other breast and it collects the milk. I get about 2 ounces per side each feeding/pump!! I can’t believe I was letting that much liquid gold go to waste prior to using this. They are also super affordable ($27.95), easy to use and clean. Milkies have been a game changer for us!
Since milk was always flowing everywhere or he was spitting up, a burp cloth was something that we needed on hand every feeding. I was having trouble finding a burp cloth that was actually thick enough to soak it all up. I recently started using the Cotton Muslin Burp Cloth and I love it. It is soft and because it has 4 layers of cotton it is able to easily soak up large amounts of milk or spit up. Plus, the various patterns are so adorable. We have the Bison, Forest Friend and Navy Stripe and get great use out of them.