I'd like to revisit the status of my boobs.
When last I left you here these babies were producing...and spraying....milk like there was no tomorrow.
And they were big. Full D's. That was big for me folks, I know some of you have like HH's or some other crazy letter with your new mama boobs, but D's were big for me!
Everyone told me that things would calm down and settle somewhere around the 12 week mark.
Well 12 weeks came and went and we were STILL making enough milk for me to provide for my own baby, pump 5 oz bottles even after a feeding and also donate to several women in my midwife group who didn't produce enough milk.
I was convinced it was all a bunch of crap and that I was just going to make tons of milk forever. I was going to be like the Mother Teresa of Nursing and just continue to donate milk to women with low supply everywhere.
And then FINALLY somewhere around Week 16, 4 months in to this whole breastfeeding thing, the boobs got the message that I didn't give birth to triplets and relaxed.
It was such a subtle change that I wouldn't have noticed it except for the fact that my brand new bras suddenly didn't fit.
I found these really pretty nursing bras whist in London and bought them in D's. I tried them on, amusingly spraying everywhere all over the dressing room while trying them on and they fit beautifully.
Two weeks later after we'd returned home my beautiful new bras suddenly didn't fit anymore.
So, here we are 4 months of nursing and my boobs have shrunk back to their pre-pregnancy size of 34C and they are now just kind of always full of a certain amount of milk. Engorgement is rare and deflation is rare, they are just sort of always semi-full , so much so that I have a lot of trouble remembering which boob baby last fed on. Before it was easy because one boob was huge and the other was not, now they always feel the same!
Annoyingly, pumping now only gets me 3-4 oz. and that's every drop and takes half an hour. I used to be able to pump 5 oz. in 20 minutes and that was with me choosing to stop the pump because pumping is tedious and boring, not because my boob was done giving milk.
In hindsight I should have built up more of a freezer stock in those first 4 months...but they would of been tainted with dairy...so nevermind! Advice to new mamas though, build up your freezer stock before your milk regulates!
I already miss my D cups.
So there you have it, oversupply or not, things DO eventually regulate in the milk department!!! How long did it take some of you other new mamas??? Longer than the 3 months they promised?