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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thirsty?

The beginnings of my collection...


I've really been hoping that a neighbor will come over asking for a cup of milk and I could reply, "Human or cow?" (Do neighbors even ask for a cup of milk anymore? How retro is that?)

Well anyway 3 months into this breastfeeding thing and so far that's how much I've stored up. I have no idea if that's a good or bad amount but I'm proud of every last drop of that stuff.

Actually I was thinking of the humor (as I always do) in this whole breast milk pumping situation and the far comparison I've made to our male constituents. You and I both know, because we are now experts on this subject, that its really not so much the volume of the male ejaculate that matters as the quality and mobility of it. However, every movie scene or tv sit com view of the subject makes it seem that men truly judge themselves by the amount output, and seem embarrassed when they don't come up with a lot.

Well...in our household we have a great little routine. I get up in the middle of the night to pump. Since milk is good at room temp for at least 6 hours I typically leave it in the bathroom (because that's where I pump) and hubs takes it down to the fridge in the morning when he leaves for work. So....the other morning it hit me that I have actually put some of my self worth into how much I pump. I found myself really proud to leave a bottle of 4-5oz for hubs to take in the morning, and slightly embarrassed to leave a bottle with only 2oz. How hilarious is that. I told hubs the irony in how I guess both men and woman can feel self conscious over the stupidest of things. Now he always gives me a pat on the back for a job well done, no matter the volume!

Anyway, I know I am so lucky that this whole breastfeeding thing has been going so well for me. I am also lucky that I have a munchkin that will sleep through the night. But now I'm in another predicament because some nights I just can't get myself out of bed to pump. It worries me not so much because of how much pain I am in when I wake up after not pumping, but it worries me because I'm afraid I might dry up or something if I let myself go 6-8 hours without emptying. Has anyone ever heard of that happening? If you have any advice on this I would love it.

My new mantra, "It's not the quantity, but the quality that matters."

Tiffany

2 comments:

Kacie said...

Hahahaha! I don't have children yet so I can't comment on anything other than I find it hilarious how you compare it to the amount from men! It's adorable thinking about how your husband pats you on the back and says a job well done!

You are one of my favorite blogs because no matter what you write about it's always super entertaining! Congratulations too!

Traci said...

My baby slept through the night around 6-7 weeks and I did not get up to pump. I was really full in the morning so I had to pump a little longer to get it all out but my supply hasn't gone down and now she is 4 months old. I still have to pump for forever to empty(45 minutes). I think as long as you empty the breast your body will still think you need all that milk and will keep making it. You can always try it for a week and see what happens. You can always go back to pumping again.