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Mama is Not a Milk-Making Machine

Ending my milk-making career was harder than I anticipated. But now I have my life back! I get to be Mama again, instead of just a milk-making machine for 2+ hours a day.

I can sit and enjoy meals, while feeding the kids, without being tied to the milk pump, keeping Lioness from grabbing and unplugging the wires, while Monkey tries to climb on my lap without getting tangled in wires.

My favorite part of breastfeeding Monkey, was cuddling with her and nursing her to sleep. Ever since Lioness was born, Duane has been putting Monkey night-night. Meanwhile I lay Lioness in her pac-n-play and she falls asleep on her own, while I go make milk. But lately Lioness has been having a hard time falling to sleep too. The easiest way to get her to sleep is just lay her in bed next to me, and rest my cheek on her head. I could fall asleep like that, instead I put sleeping Lioness in her bed, and then go make milk. 

When Duane isn’t home, Monkey wants me to cuddle with her too, which means lay on the other side of her full-size mattress while she tosses and turns and asks me to fix her blankets 25 times. I start falling asleep before she does, but I still need to make milk before I go to bed, so I opt to keep “cuddle time” very short.

In my efficiency and exhaustion, I’ve made providing for my children the priority over spending quality cuddle time with them. But to quit making milk, means I have no excuse not to cuddle with my girls before bed.

Now if only I could get them both to cuddle with me at the same time, and go to sleep without driving each other crazy.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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