If you have missed part one you can find it here and get caught up on the process up to this point;
I’m starting Part 2 of Breastfeeding, Inducing Lactation and Adoption on Day two of my new relationship with my breast pump (Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Pump). I have stopped taking the birth control and am now pumping 6-8 times per day. Here is my break down of production thus far (I will update as the time passes);
Day One May 14th 2016- 6 Pumping Sessions – 1 oz Total – I was confident I would get about this much as through the last 9 months I would pump once a month just to try to draw my one (partially) inverted nipple out as per my doctors recommendation and during those pumping sessions I would get about half an ounce or so. So my official first pumping day result wasn’t too surprising for me.
Day Two May 15th 2016 – 6 Pumping Sessions – 3 oz Total – Amazing, It has been a long time since I have been able to say that I’m so proud of my body. Without ever giving birth my body is creating nourishment that could sustain life! What was drops of milk accumulating yesterday, starts as a stream today, clear increase in production is so promising.
Week Two May 23rd 2016 – Averaging 5 to 6 pumping sessions a day, averaging 2 to 3 ounces a session – totaling 10 to a max of 14 oz per day!!!! I am building up a freezer stash a lot faster than I ever anticipated. Truly an incredible feeling. Work has been so great with allowing me space and time to pump, and my husband has been his usual incredible self with his full support and comic relief. I’m still just completely amazed.
Week Three May 30th 2016 – Still Averaging 5-6 Pumping sessions per day, and still averaging the same ounces per day (10 to 16 now per day). I think I may actually even be experiencing “let down”, which is seemingly very uncommon for the induced lactation mother, so that’s very exciting too! It’s a pins and needles feeling that happens around the time I should be pumping at, and if I happen to be pumping one side at a time, then I also experience leaking which has proven to be quite annoying (and I’m not going to lie I don’t want to waste a drop of this hard earned liquid gold!). I’m quickly running out of freezer space!
Week Five June 19th 2016 – 5 to 6 pumping sessions a day, averaging around 20 ounces a day. I’m out of freezer space, and awaiting a true trunk style deep freeze. I never imagined I would even get close to what is considered a fully supply and have now connected with a mother who is having supply issues and will be donating my milk to her from here on out until I have a match. I might not be able to make a baby myself, but I’m thrilled to know I can feed one.
Week 6 – June 30th 2016 – total ounces donated to date 446 🙂 I’m so honored to be able to provide milk for another mom who can not create it herself. It’s an amazing feeling to hear how well these babes are doing on the liquid gold I have spent so much time pumping.
Week 7 – July 9th 2016 – Total ounces donated now 675.5 – Still keeping up with 4-6 pumps per day averaging 5 ounces per session. If I wanted to increase my totals I could throw in a night pump, but without a match at this time it doesn’t make any real sense to do so. So I shall continue the schedule I have been on and continue to give my milk to those who may need it.