Michele

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I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a little 4 month baby. I became pregnant with my first baby at age 19. My husband and I were thrilled to find out that we would be having a little girl in April of 2012. 

We prepped her nursery and made sure we had our hospital bag packed weeks before her due date. We had gone through all of the new parent classes provided at our local hospital and had taken extra breastfeeding courses to prepare me for her first year of breastfeeding. I thought I had it all figured out... 

No one prepared me for the heartbreak I later had to face with my daughter at 4 months when I could no longer feed her myself. 

About two weeks after arriving home from the hospital I no longer felt like I was filling up with milk. I was constantly dry and my poor baby was constantly hungry and fussy. I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. I had done everything I learned during my breastfeeding courses but nothing was working. I started to go dry. I tried to pump but would only get out about 2-4 oz out of both sides combined and that took me about an hour! 

I tried doing Brewers yeast and mothers milk teas and nothing was helping. The pain was horrible, I was getting very little sleep and I felt like the biggest failure ever. My husband and I were reluctant but at 4 months we had to turn to formula.  

Fast forward to August 2014 and I was about to pop out my second bundle of joy. This time I was ready for her. I was ready to commit all my time to making sure that my second was 100% breastfed. From the moment I had her in the hospital I began a pumping/feeding schedule. I would feed her until she was full then I would pump and extra 20 mins after she was done. 

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Staying dedicated to a strict pumping/feeding schedule I was able to successfully build up a nice freezer supply and my baby was always satisfied after feedings. I now pump 60+ excess oz a day and because of Mothers Milk Coop I am able to now donate extra breastmilk to those mothers and babies in need of human milk.

I am thrilled to be part of such an awesome coop that allows me to earn income and help others in need. It's such an awesome feeling! :) 


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  • commented 2015-01-31 08:31:25 -0800
    Our stories are similar. I was unable to produce enough for my daughter and felt like a failure as a mother. With the subsequent births of my three sons I have been “momma cow.” I donated hundreds of gallons of breast milk to the Ohio Mother’s Milk Bank and am looking forward to one day being approved by the coop.
    Cathie