I hope this will be an encouragement to someone! (I’ll try to keep it short!)
When I gave birth to my triplets, I was told that I wouldn’t be able to exclusively feed them my breastmilk (by so many professionals). Rather than encourage me to frequently express (my babies were in the NICU & SCN for their first 3 weeks of life), I was encouraged to get as much sleep as I could because ‘I wouldn’t be able to soon’.
My oldest daughter was only 16 months old at the time, and I had just finished breastfeeding her 4 months earlier, so I knew that if I didn’t express/remove milk regularly, it would’ve been harder for me to build up my supply. I was in hospital for the first week after giving birth and every 3 hours, day and night, I walked over to the feeding room (I actually have no idea what this room was called! Just that there were pumps in there ) and expressed. I continued to express very regularly once I came home, and haven’t stopped since!
It has taken a lot of time and hard work, but I am so proud to be able to continue to give my babies breastmilk. Even when so many people told me I wouldn’t be able to maintain my supply.
This is a photo of my babes when they were 6 months old, with my stash of frozen bm.
They are now 8 and 1/2 months old and my stash looks nothing like that now because they drink a lot of milk! (We’ve used up about 3/4 of the stash).
But they are still growing from my breastmilk, and absolutely loving it too.
- shared with permission by @ReneeScottt