Some how I went an entire 12 months nursing my 1st daughter Josselyn and I never once experienced a clogged milk duct, thrush, yeast infection, mastitis or any other type of breast related issue you can get while nursing. I probably never had any problems because Josselyn refused to take a bottle (I blogged extensively about that problem). So I basically breastfed her every 3 hours for 12 months!!! (well near the end it wasn't quite every 3 hours but close). Now Julianna is a champ and totally takes a bottle without any problem. I do not give her bottles often becasue I am always with her but she will definitely take one. In the past months I have not pumped a ton but I did manage to stock up about 3 days worth of breast milk which came in very handy a couple weeks ago.
Some of our dear friends the Arringtons invited us to join them in Las Vegas to celebrate David's Oil & Gas Company (they sold 1,000,000 barrels of oil in a 12 month span). So about 300 of us came to Vegas for the "Million Barrel Bash". When we were first invited we said that we unfortunately could not attend becasue Jewel was only going to be 6 months old and I was not to sure about leaving her at such a young age. Well, after my husband convinced me that he NEEDED a mini vacay without babies crying I decided that 3 nights away from the girls might not be too bad. We decided to join our friends in Vegas and my brother and sister in law Joey & Stacey were more than happy to take our girls for the 3 nights (plus John's parents live close so they were there helping every day as well).
Within a day or so I started to feel better but my milk completely dwindled down! I tried pumping and I could not even get 2oz of milk. I quickly posted a status on Facebook to see what to do and I got a ton of great feedback from some experienced super moms. I immediately went out and bought fenugreek, oatmeal, coconut oil & all the ingredients (ground flax seed, brewers yeast, etc) to make lactation cookies! I began power pumping every hour, trying to nurse as much as I could and I ate oatmeal cookies like there was no tomorrow.
I can finally say that after a week of having no milk my supply is back to normal!!! I learned that it may not be the wisest thing to leave a 6 month old breastfeeding baby for 3 nights while you jet off to Vegas lol But John and I did have a wonderful time spending some much needed quality time together. For now, I am going to stay very close to little Jewel. But this whole experience did teach me that: Mini Vacay + Nursing Baby = Mastitis
|Having brunch together in Vegas (pre-masitis)|
Here are a few more pics from our little trip to Las Vegas
|With David & Shelley Arrington|