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Holy Mooing, Batman!
My babies are 11 months old and I have pumped 11,500+ ounces of milk.

That's 90 gallons of milk. 


That's not counting any of the milk they've actually gotten direct from the tap. 


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either_or From: either_or Date: August 21st, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
wowie! way to go!
magid From: magid Date: August 21st, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lessee... just over 8 gallons a month, or 2 gallons a week...

Wowzers. Even before doing any math :-)
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: August 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

You could open Karen's Daycare and Dairy Emporium.
From: atimesif Date: August 26th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: August 21st, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bet you never thought that you would have produced more than 90 gallons of milk out of your boobies when you were 13. :)
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: August 21st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, just wow.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: August 22nd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

I have ONE baby and do not have time to pump. he nurses every 2 hours so when on earth should i pump??? How did you keep 3 babies quiet while you pumped???

Or are you talking about during work?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
The first 7500 ounces of that (58 gallons) was pumped between September and January 29th. I went back to work January 22nd. So most of that was not before I went back to work. I actually have had a much harder time finding time to pump since I went back to work than previously.

When the babies were in the NICU I pumped every 2.5 hours, around the clock, so that covers the first month. After they came home, they were on a three hour feeding schedule, which they'd been on the entire time they were in the NICU. I nursed Sam and Ellie and bottle fed Abby (she never could nurse, though it took months before I fully gave up on this - I continued to try at every feeding until well after I went back to work) and then I would pump after every feeding in the beginning. In the beginning this was super easy (for varying definitions of super easy) because the babies did nothing but sleep). My life went: feed-a-baby, change-a-baby, feed-a-baby, change-a-baby, feed-a-bay, change-a-baby, put-babies-to-sleep, pump, lather rinse repeat, round the clock. I did this through the night even after they started sleeping longer stretches at night, because prolactin levels are higher at night than the rest of the days, so I got higher production then than any other time of day.

They didn't really start to get more alert until they got to be about 4 months old, which was when I went back to work. Then I started also scaling back my middle of the night pumpings because I really needed to be more alert for work, and so I only got up when the babies did. (now the babies, B"H, are all sleeping through the night, but that wasn't true until they were about 6 or 7 months adjusted). When I first started back to work, I was still able to maintain a 4-6 times per day pumping schedule (once in the morning, three times at work, twice in the evening, occasionally overnight), but gradually, that was reduced - I dropped the morning pumping because the babies' first feeding got moved to about 5:30am (now it's 6am), I am now only able to pump twice during work due to my meeting schedule, and I only pump once or twice in the evening, and never overnight unless I wake up very uncomfortable.

I wish I could find more time for pumping now, but there just isn't more time in the day. And, fortunately, the babies are drinking less and less these days, because they're eating so much in their solid food meals. They're like real, actual little people now. (KAH) I'm so proud of them.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. mendy basically cries whenever he's awake, and when he sleeps i nap, so the only time I can pump is before I go to sleep at night...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I never slept. That was pretty much the extent of it. Though it wasn't unheard of for me to fall asleep while pumping. In fact, I still do that.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I take a nap every single day or else i'm a dead duck by evening.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I just didn't have the time. It wasn't possible. The only way it would have been possible would have been to stop breastfeeding and/or to stop giving Abby breastmilk and that wasn't an option to me. I lived on adrenaline for months. Once I went back to work, obviously, that didn't work anymore.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You truly are superwoman. then again i'm also in a different situation right now.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 24th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You are in a different situation. I don't want you to think that I would impose my choices or my beliefs on anyone else; I know that we all have our own circumstances to deal with. All I can do is draw from my own experiences to support other women when I can.
From: cecerose Date: August 22nd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to imagine that many gallons of milk in one place...and I can't... Oy. On the upside, it IS impressive, isn't it?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 24th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
the next time I'm in a large grocery store, I'm going to count the gallons of milk lined up and see if they've got ninety gallons of milk lined up so I can see what it looks like.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
WOW U can't even fathom that. I almost feel like you should have had a cow, or moo oriented userpic.

I am in awe of your bf ability and sticking to it no matter what.
skatured From: skatured Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
That fantastic and something to brag about for years to come. I wonder how many gallons I have had made...hm.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
probably more than me, since you've exclusively pumped and I've done a combination of pumping / breastfeeding. Come to think of it, one of my babies was exclusively fed pumped milk, so I take that back. Hrm. There were some days when I forgot to write down what I pumped, so I'm slightly on the low side, but I figured I was close enough.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe the technical term for that is A Lot (TM).

(Go you!)
chite From: chite Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

That's completely amazing. I am really impressed that you kept it up.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
HA! you called your boobies the tap!
therollingdice From: therollingdice Date: August 22nd, 2008 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
WOW!! Way to go...!!
teacup9 From: teacup9 Date: August 22nd, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Good job mama!
drmellow From: drmellow Date: August 22nd, 2008 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Icon love!
zis770 From: zis770 Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's amazing!
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