mama story: life as an exclusive pumper with oversupply

I come from a town with more pigs than people and with a single stop light in town. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed; I longed for the bond I read about online.

Nobody in my family breastfed their babes, so in addition to being a first time mom, I couldn’t rely on my family for advice and had to figure many things out by trial and error.

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mama story: my baby couldn't drink my milk, but I kept pumping anyways

The plan was to pump a huge stash so I could stop nursing at 9 months and my baby could continue to receive my breast milk through a bottle until she was a year. Well it didn't quite work out like that: I found out around 3 months that she had a milk protein allergy.

I had to remove all dairy from my diet and I donated all the milk I pumped previously to a local mom with a foster baby.

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mama story: I am taking this breastfeeding journey day by day

I went into labor at 31 weeks and was on light activity until my water broke at 36 weeks and I had him in 3 hours. During delivery the doctor was not able to get my placenta out. After an hour of pushing on my stomach he had to reach up and pull it out causing severe bleeding.

I became anemic from all the blood loss; I lost over 1,000 cc's of blood and needed a transfusion.

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mama story: I wish I'd asked for help much sooner

I was able to start breastfeeding immediately after birth. I had a little trouble with getting him to latch at first, but the L&D nurses helped us out, and we had no other issues the rest of our day and a half in the hospital. 

Within the first day or two at home, I noticed some pain in my nipples and some cracks developing.

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mama story: overcoming hurdle after hurdle to nurse my little girl

There are an almost-insurmountable number of decisions for first-time parents. White noise machine? Wipe warmer? Sleep sack? Bassinet? In the midst of all of these decisions, one thing I was certain of was my plan to try to breastfeed. Unfortunately, all of my book-reading, class-attending, and video-watching could not prepare me for the many (MANY!) hurdles in those early days of breastfeeding.

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mama story: when breastfeeding is f*cking painful

Before I had our firstborn I told my husband, "I don't want to be stressed about feeding him. I want to try to breastfeed, but if it doesn't work I want us both to be on the same page and be happy that our child is fed. It seems like a lot of moms really stress out a lot about feeding, and it just doesn't seem worth it. Fed is best, right?" My husband nodded in approval.  


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mama story: we are stronger than we can imagine

Prior to having Finley, I thought to myself that breastfeeding was going to be a breeze. It’s natural; what could be so hard? I had no idea that Finley and my breastfeeding journey would go the way it did.

I hope that by me sharing our story that I can give hope to another mother to continue one more day.

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a tradition of herbal support for mothers

*We’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to shed some light on herbs and their beneficial properties for breastfeeding.

To learn more about how herbs can support lactation we spoke with herbalist, innovator, and mama Zoe Kissam of Traditional Medicinals.

pumpspotting: Traditional Medicinals has a product that we at pumpspotting are wild about: Mother’s Milk Tea. Can you tell me what makes this tea so helpful for nursing mamas?

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