My 6 Months as a Cow

Remember when I shared about giving birth to someone else’s baby and feeling like a cow? Yup. Still true. You can definitely draw some connections between me and a dairy cow right now 😀

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This is my view several times a day. It almost always involves Georges sitting right there and I’m usually working, helping a child with schoolwork or eating at the same time. Ain’t nobody got time to spend several hours a day just hanging out!

It has been 6 months since I gave birth. In that 6 months of pumping, I have pumped over 13,000 ounces of milk (or over 100 gallons!) About 5,000 ounces has been sent to a milk bank that feeds preemies. The rest has been donated to 13 different babies in 5 different states. I have pumped in cars, airports and even under a nursing cover while walking into a rest stop. (My mom loved that 🤣)

IMG_2756Thanks to my fancy tracking app, I can also say that I’ve spent about a month’s time pumping. That doesn’t count the time spent bagging, washing or eating all the foods 🙂

There’s a weird emotional component to pumping after a surrogacy. Almost every surrogate I’ve talked to who has pumped will agree. I’m so happy I’ve been able to help feed so many babies, but the time commitment and toll on my body (I’m almost making enough to feed triplets!) – plus a vacation at the end of January – means it’s time to start weaning.

My days as a cow are almost over!

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3 responses to “My 6 Months as a Cow

  1. Good for you!!! I hope that if I can manage to actually become a surrogate mom and pump, that I will also be able to donate once I’m done pumping for surrobabe.
    You’re doing an amazing thing (doubly so since it started with surrogacy).
    Will you wean soon? What is your game plan for that? Do you sleep through the night? Man- I have so many questions.

  2. MamaMort

    I’ve been dropping a pump once a month or so since my supply was well established, so I’m down to 4 pumps a day. My body hasn’t gotten the message and is still producing around 70 ounces a day 🙂 I’m trying to go slowly so I don’t get mastitis, so I’ll continue to cut down on my time and number of pumps.

    I dropped my middle of the night pump around 6 weeks because I couldn’t function without sleep. My last pump was at 11PM, so I’d get to sleep around midnight and I’d wake up at 6 to pump again. I slowly spaced out those times so I could get even more sleep.

    I just read a little of your story and I wish you luck moving forward! I had a couple failed transfers, which isn’t the same thing, but it’s such a weird set of emotions as a surrogate!

  3. Thank you for the well wishes. I hope to have some direction soon.

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