Today my milk is salty. :'( This is not mastitus as I don't have any of the other symptoms associated with mastitus. I do, however, know that salty milk is a sign that the milk is drying up.. It's called 'weaning milk'.
Tell a secret? My breasts are big enough for me to actually suck on them myself. It's not such a great thing to talk about, yeah, but I've been doing it today.. just three or four times for about 5 minutes on and off.. and already there is an improvement. I've had this Symphony pump for a few months and I feel like I'm paying for a useless piece of equipment because I don't know if it is even working, or if the flanges are the right size.. or if I'm pumping correctly etc. I JUST WANT SOMEONE HERE TO HELP. My nearest LLL meeting is a 45 minute drive away from me, and I have no car.
Another hiccup I've run into since my milk turned salty is that DD will no longer go near my breast. AGAIN. This time I think it's because of the taste which I don't blame her! I can't stand it either, but I'll suck because it's increasing the supply faster than anything else I've tried.
My Pumping Pal shields are waiting for me at Parcelforce and to release them I have to pay an extra £18 on top of the £24 I've already paid toward the postage. The company was kind enough to give the set to me for free, save postage. I'M BROKE. I've paid out SO much already! Where do I get all this money from, just to keep a bit of milk in my breasts that DD doesn't really want anyway!!
I'm very determined. This is GOING to work. I'm going to keep nursing myself (sounds so weird and also a bit eew) but I'm going to do it. I don't care what other people say. If it's possible and it's working, then so be it!!
Oh and by the way.. I tried the SNS a couple times. I can't get the damn tube to go anywhere near my nipple, even after taping it on just above my areola like it shows in the picture. I have no idea how other mothers do it, but as soon as I lift my breast (cos they flop, ya know?) the tube lifts as well and moves away from my nipple.
DD won't take my milk anywhere at the moment. Not even dripped into her mouth from my breast or finger. She thrashes. I think it's the taste as I mentioned before.. She USED to take it from a bottle, when there was actually enough to give her. At the moment if I pump I don't even get a drop in the bottle. Not a smidge. Not even a smear. At times it doesn't even drip from my nipple onto the pump horn.
Anyway, I'm sad and I'm tired so I'm heading to bed. G'nite ladies.