Yep. You read the title of this post correctly. I'm pretty sure my boobs are, in fact, staging a rebellion. A coup. A protest. Whatever you want to call it, the girls have stepped out of line, and decided to go wild.
Eisley has always been an exclusively breast-fed baby. That's the way we both like it. It's good for her little baby immune system, it's good for our bonding and relationship, and it's good for my bank account because it is free. I went back to work part time at 3 months and the girls were still happily plugging away, making milk like it was going out of style (consequently, that expression has never made much sense to me, but I'm going to use it anyway, darn it!). After about a month or so of working and pumping most of the day two days a week, my supply slowly started to deplete.
Now here we are, one week away from Eisley's 6 month birthday (whhaaaat!? Already? Holy Crap) and I just pumped like 2 ounces. Total. As in out of both breasts. Now granted, I did just feed E, so I wasn't expecting to fill a milk jug or anything, but 2 oz? Oh no they didn't! We started Eisley on solid foods about two weeks ago, largely because she was ready, but also because I was worried that she needed a few extra calories. The thing is, that food is just supposed to be supplemental at this age. Eisley still needs a whole lot of milk to keep her chunky little body growing strong and healthy, and I'm just not ready to start running dry. My plan has always been to breast feed Eisley until at least one year. Now obviously that doesn't mean just breast milk for a year, but I think that if you're able to do it, breast feeding for at least a year gives your kid a huge boost to their immune system.
So get with the program, boobs! You are here for a reason, and it's not just to be so big that I can't find cute dresses that don't let you roam free.
I've been filling up on tons and tons of water, taking some supplemental herbs, trying to pump after E eats... it's a battle right now. I'm not sure I'm winning. The next thing I'm going to try is to just offer Eisley snack time a whole bunch for a few days to see if that helps my body kick it into gear, but I'm feeling a little frustrated. I never thought that I'd look in my freezer and panic about the dwindling milk supply in there, but that's where I'm at.
Any of you mamas out there deal with this? Any tips or tricks to boost supply? I figure, it was just world breast-feeding week, so it's an appropriate time to talk about boobs. I'm also going to add this post to the list of things I didn't think I would discuss in public before having a baby. And I'm going to laugh at my naive pre-baby self.