musical beds, making milk

None of that is as interesting as it sounds.

Last night I slept in Harry’s bed — alone — and it was AWESOME. I’d had a late nap and a diet Coke with dinner and once I went to bed at a very respectable 11pm, I was either too keyed up (caffeine) or interrupted (Harry coming into our bed, Matt snoring, Laurel waking up to nurse) to get to sleep. So, at 1am, I took my body pillow and an extra bed pillow and sneaked into Harry’s bed, where I slept blissfully uninterrupted for four hours.

When Laurel woke up again a little after 5, Matt brought her to me, confused as to why I was in Harry’s bed. We then had to have a semi-difficult discussion about snoring. We’ll see how tonight goes. Back before I got sick, I was out cold by 10pm every night, and Matt’s snoring never bothered me. Now that I’m healthy and well-rested, it takes me longer to go to sleep, which is compounded by the human outboard motor with whom I share a bed. Sigh.

I’ve been really, really, REALLY hungry of late, especially today. Like, starving hungry every two hours. I have a theory that healing from surgery speeds up a body’s metabolism. Add that to the already taxing metabolic demands of breastfeeding, and you’ve got mama hitting the KFC drivethrough for a 99-cent snacker on the way home from dance class 90 minutes before dinner. And then eating dinner. And then wanting cake, but settling for a Skinny Cow and some trail mix. I suspect I’ll be hungry again when Laurel wakes tonight, however many times that happens.

The thing that stresses me out is that those two days in the hospital totally wiped out my frozen milk stash, which was nearly 100 ounces. Laurel had been reverse cycling at the sitter’s during the day, which led me to have quite a healthy backlog of milk (which I nearly donated and am SO GLAD I didn’t!). But now that backlog is gone and Laurel is no longer abstaining from the bottle during the day. So, I’m taking fenugreek, drinking mother’s milk tea, drinking lots of water, and taking in as many calories as I can force down my gob (preferably cake, of which I have none on hand and sadly, no cake has magically appeared on my front porch. sigh.). And then I get to power pump for the next several days to supercharge my milk supply.

Here I am, going back to teaching next week and already stressing out. Sigh. And it doesn’t help that I’m watching back-to-back episodes of Ace of Cakes.

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  1. Jen

     /  March 5, 2009

    Ugh, there would have been NO way I could have kept up with Claire’s needs if I had to pump, no way (just couldn’t milk that system enough as it were). It was hard enough to pump 4 ounces to leave with the sitter for a night out, so I can’t imagine the stress of thinking “now I have to send bottles to daycare and my kid is going to starve.” Has Laurel started on any solids? Would that buy you some extra time between feedings at daycare? (Wasn’t sure if you were a solids at 4-month person or a wait as long as possible person).

  2. boxingoctopus

     /  March 5, 2009

    Laurel hasn’t started on solids, no. While we started them at about 5 months with Harrison, I think we’ll hold off until 6 months at least with Laurel. But that definitely would alleviate, or at least mitigate, some of the anxiety about keeping her from starving at the sitter’s. Two more months!!!

    (I just pumped 5 ounces!!!)

  3. Sally

     /  March 6, 2009

    Don’t forget that stressing out about whether or not you have enough milk will probably make it hard for you to produce enough milk. Also, even if it’s not optimal, the occasional formula supplement at the sitter’s when you can’t produce enough for her voracious appetite is not going to kill Laurel.

  4. aunt r.

     /  March 13, 2009

    ugh – i remember those stressful days all too well. not sure how you feel about oatmeal, but it really helped with my supply. i preferred the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie route, but plain ol’ hot oatmeal with dried cranberries and almonds worked too. worth a shot, unless you find oatmeal as vile as i remember matt finding it. ask him about cream of wheat some time, if you haven’t heard that rant yet. 🙂 good luck!!!


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