The good news is my body seems to be made for milking--- I swear I must have been a wet nurse in some "previous life"! We finally bought a standing commercial-grade freezer for the garage so we could stock pile and have a plan for my work trips. And stock pile we did. We packed so much frozen milk into the freezer that we couldn't even fit a frozen pizza out there. Only one problem... Luke wouldn't drink the thawed milk. But we continued to stock up... you know, just in case. At nine months, when we were given the green light to take him off fortifier, I was thrilled. In fact, I had the pediatrician give me formula that day. We tried it. And Luke puked. Not just spit up, but his reflux-y, Emily Rose resembling all out vomit. And that is soooooo not my favorite thing. So we backed off. Tried it a week and a half later. Same thing. And so on and so on. SO, I continued to pump. And we started to mix half thawed from the freezer and half freshly pumped. And it was pretty much working. So I continued to pump but cut back on how many times a day.
NOW, as we near the one year milestone and I know the time that I can give him the one thing that nobody else can is coming to an end. And it's scary.
So on top of being all conflicted about the pumping, milk, formula, whole milk scenario, THIS hair-brained mama accidentally didn't close the freezer door all the way. On a day when it was at least 100
And I know it's probably more than a little crazy that it upset me. Especially since little man wouldn't even take it unless it was mixed with fresh. But I seriously was sick to my stomach throwing it all out. And our freezer went from 100% completely stocked, stacked to the brim with momma's milk....with no more room for anything else...To this....
Fast forward a week. I notice the ice cream in the kitchen freezer was a bit soft. We call out a repair man and it takes a few days to get an appointment. At that point, the temperature has risen to the point where we had to throw out all the freshly pumped milk. AND since I've cut back on pumping, holy moly has my whole "wet nurse" status changed.
So, I've been a bit of a stress ball but trying to work through it all. I'm now driving milk from work to the house on my lunch break and remembering all those trips to the hospital with milk in the beginning. Ironic as his first birthday is just over two weeks away!
So, come on first birthday! And pray my little guy likes this version just as well
Any input on when and how to switch to whole milk? I'm thinking we will skip the formula step since he's so close to his first Bday and start doing one bottle a day of Horizon's Organic Whole Milk to bridge the gap. Is this a bad idea? Any mommas have advice on the whole situation? (Can you believe he's going to be ONE!?!?!?)