On Sunday night I talked with Robin. She's a friend of my mother-in-law.
Robin is a lactation consultant and she is so gifted. She has been such a blessing to me since the boys have arrived.
So, I've been pumping after I feed the boys every time. I nurse them and then I pump to make sure I keep my supply up. I've been pumping essentially every three hours since October 25th.
Let me say that again.
I have pumped every three hours since October 25th!
[Give or take the couple of times I accidentally slept through while the boys were in the NICU and the few times that the boys have slept longer during the night.]
This was something that Robin told me to do so I could make sure I had enough milk to feed both boys without having to supplement with formula.
My pump has become my third child. I'm not kidding. When we get in the car to go anywhere I double check to make sure I have Crews, Tate and my pump.
Well, when I talked to Robin on Sunday night she told me the the twins are finally big enough and my milk supply is established enough to stop pumping after every feed. I only have to pump if I'm not able to nurse the boys for a feed (like you would normally do if you were breastfeeding).
When Robin told me this, I yelled:
"I'm a free woman!"
I'm down to only two kids! Well, and Jordan :)
But the pump is no longer attached to me eight times a day!
[ps. I know that pumping after every feed has made such an impact on establishing my milk supply so it has definitely been worth it. But, that doesn't mean I can't celebrate that I don't have to do it anymore :)]