On July 4, I decided to go back to solo breastfeeding (i.e., no pumping) and having more confidence in both my body and Kamea. The first few days of having Kamea in our lives, I did some pumping and that was indeed helpful because, as I wrote in the last post… it gave my ta tas a rest from being sore, family members were able to bond and feed her, I was able to catch up on some much needed sleep, and it encouraged my milk supply. But, I decided to stop the pumping because I want my breasts to make enough milk for Kamea, based on her natural feedings, and I want to get back to that closeness I have while breastfeeding her.
So… how are we doing? We’re doing just great! The goal is 8-12 feedings a day which we have accomplished and 6 or more wet diapers a day, which we’re on track for doing as well. I’m so happy about it. We’re getting the hang of things as I get more practice every day of being a mom and Kamea gets stronger. I’ve even ventured into babywearing a bit. I am trying out my Gypsy Mama wrap by putting Kamea into it a few minutes at a time. I’m certainly no expert, but each time it seems to get a little bit better and easier.
Well, I’m off to nap while my sweet darling sleeps. Catching my zzzz’s when I can.