Rebekah has become very fussy/frustrated when I try to nurse her lately. On Tuesday, I finally decided to quit driving us both nuts and I started pumping. I am currently pumping around 12oz of breastmilk daily. She will nurse some overnight, but she takes a bottle very well at any hour, so whatever it takes at this point. 

I am also currently supplementing maybe 8oz with Meyenberg powdered goat milk, as I work at building my supply. 

I hate pumping. The hum of the pump mrrrrr mrrrr…starts sounding like a cow to me. And I scowl at it. When I’m home, I now pump 5min on each side and take a 30 minute break, and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. 

I have a new found compassion for women who gave up breastfeeding. This is my fifth baby, and I never had a problem with my other four EVER. Not at all. 

They were fat and healthy and born pros at nursing. I get it now. I get it. Oh my lord, how does anyone work this hard at sticking with nursing for more than 3-4 days?

I hope I don’t give up. Don’t let me. 

My brain has these movie quotes tumbling around in my head. 

I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?

Little…little Gepetto. That’s what we named him. Into a little saucer. 

Are there many farms in Detroit, Greg?

You never told me about your cat-milking days in Motown. 

Mrrrr mrrrrr mrrrr. Either you know exactly what I’m feeling here or you don’t know at all. I don’t think there’s much middle ground. 

So while I build my supply, I’ve been reading about supplementing with a homemade raw goat milk formula

I was particularly intrigued by goats raw milk because it contains thyroid hormones t3 and t4. See also–study about thyroid hormones in goat milk

Which, human breastmilk also contains these thyroid hormones, but if I’m going to have to supplement with something until my supply fits her demand. I’m most intrigued with raw goat milk.

Sweatpants. Messy bun. Call me Milkbags. 


Rebekah Ruby Kate

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