As Seen In Cosmopolitan Magazine! (Jan 2017)
Hi all! Welcome to Milk Momology! I hope this will become a place of adventure, excitement, and discovery…in breastfeeding!
My name is Heather, and I’m a mom of 2 precious (read: precocious) little boys. R, my oldest, just turned 6, and I can hardly believe it! My youngest, A, is 1. Yes, that’s quite a span of time between the two! Usually those crazy breastfeeding, cloth-diapering, baby-wearing mamas have got a few kids in between. 😉
When R was two, we lost a baby, and trusted that the Lord didn’t have more kids in His plan for us. After a few years of “should we” “should we not”, Little A was created! And of course, we found out just as we were moving out to Washington state. Pregnant, new town, new church… it was a HARD time.
After having some fun pregnancy issues (cholestasis of pregnancy – itchy for TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS), we got to meet our new reward from God. Breastfeeding issues then appeared. In his first two weeks, he lost weight, and cried all day and night. We thought he just had gas until a wonderful lactation consultant visit proved otherwise. The poor kid wasn’t eating but half of what he needed to be! I was so upset with myself that I’d waited two weeks to ask questions and seek help. I got a pump, and started feeding, pumping, then bottle-feeding the pumped milk. After two months, I thought we’d be done with that system. A few lactation meetings were no help since I already knew he had a good latch and wasn’t falling asleep during “meals”.
We switched to formula, hoping that would change things; but he reacted badly to every single one. Even the pricey predigested types! Very frustrated, and determined to feed my kid – we breastfed/pumped like every hour until my supply came back strong enough. Since he would eat semi-ok one day, and terrible other days, my boobs were getting clogged all the time. I found nothing on Etsy that I thought would work well, so made my own heat packs that formed perfectly. Despite clearing clogs, and eating a bit more per sitting, the boobies still had to be pumped. Enter…
The Boobie Cozy
After a lot of online research, I went back to the lactation consultant – who was still mystified as to why he wasn’t eating enough – and asked about a lip tie. She said that could be a strong possibility, so off we went to get a referral. Shock of shock – he had a lip tie! But not the more common, lower lip. It was his upper lip that was tied.
Once that bad boy was cut, he was able to eat much more at a sitting. Here I sit typing, and we are now 13 months in!! I am so grateful for pushing to find out the issues instead of settling for formula solutions. For a girl who used to judge breastfeeding past 6 months, I think I’m doing pretty darn good! 🙂
Because of these experiences, I have found a great passion in researching and writing about the breastfeeding life – its problems, its blessings, and everything in between – to help others as they walk their own breastfeeding journey.
Drugs of choice:
Some things I love:
- Jesus (cliche, I know, but I would literally be dead without Him)
- Coffee (or even some delicious tea)
- My sewing machine
- My ever-growing library of books
- My new amazing camera!
Some things I don’t love:
- Grammar errors – they bug me so much…I can’t handle them! If you find one here PLEASE tell me.
- Traffic (even though this traffic is NOTHING compared to the California freeways we left in the dust)
- My smart phone – seriously it’s dumb.
- 404 errors
- Ripping seams out of an entire quilt (I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve done it)
- Pokemon – my son is currently obsessed…help! (Update – since the advent of PokemonGo…all of us have become addicted bahaha!)
- Stepping on Legos (who does, really?)
Questions are welcome – I love connecting with readers! Leave a comment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to hear from you!