Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Spilled Milk

I have so much more respect for cows these days...

Whoever said, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” was obviously not a breastfeeding mother.  Perhaps they were and I have just been a little over emotional this week, but I have to admit that I cried over spilled milk on more than one occasion.

I will give you a little background information, so you won’t think I am entirely crazy.  Braylin has only had breast milk since she arrived about five weeks ago, and I would like for it to stay that way as long as possible.  I am afraid to nurse in public, so I pump.  I have been pumping and storing milk for a while now, but I used a big supply when my sister and nephew were visiting last week.

This week, I will be away from B (or out and about with her) more than I ever have before.  With the Marine Corps Ball coming up; I have to get my hair colored, shop for a few things to complete my look, go to New Bern to pick up my dress from the seamstress, get my hair done for the ball, drive to Myrtle Beach, and last but not least, attend the ball.  On top of all of that, there is a meeting that I have to attend and a church function that I will be attending.  All of that adds up to A LOT of milk.

I just started stressing when I realized how much I would be away.  For some reason, the stress gave me butter fingers (I guess) and I dropped my milk before I could get it in the storage bag and in the freezer.  It seems like so much work to get those few ounces, it broke my heart a little to see it all over the floor.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get through this week without having to supplement with formula.

How do you ensure that you have enough milk to get through times away from your baby?

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2 Comments on “Spilled Milk”

  • Brynn October 27th, 2010 3:26 pm

    When I have extra space in my freezer, I’ll freeze some during those weeks when I don’t need to use everything I produce. Then I have extra when I need it. Aren’t good breast pumps wonderful?

  • Dusti Coacher October 28th, 2010 3:12 pm

    Yes Brynn, I am so glad that I have a good pump! I have been freezing all of the extra… My fear is that I’m not producing enough.

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