You and your little one are snuggled close.
You have just finished pumping… happy as can be.
You sit in your favorite chair, sofa, or bed even, proud…
You gaze lovingly at your bounty of post expressed liquid gold, and think to yourself, ‘wow, I did that.’
Your little one drifts off to sleep.
You securely lay them down, as you get up to pee.
As you arise from your seated position… BAM!!
You accidentally bump into the nearby table and knock over your treasure of breastmilk!
You want to scream, cry, and question your entire existence and purpose.
How could you?
Dear parent, you are not alone. In fact, you are in good company. I’m sure that if we pulled the data, we would discover that there are at least a thousand bottles of post-pumped breastmilk being spilled every 2 minutes, AND every time it happens, a fairy dies.
Ok Ok, this is not exactly true. But it for sure feels like it should be. In honor of National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, I am compiling three emotionally grounding tools for when “the big spill” strikes again!
- Take a breath. Breathing is like the body’s great reset button. By simply taking a moment to breathe, you are assuring your body, that all is well and that there is no immediate danger. In other words, this is fixable.
- Drink water. Taking a breath, drinking water, caring for YOUR needs, can also act as a supportive tool during times of distress. It’s kinda like distracting the body for a moment so that the mind can recalibrate and refocus.
- Repeat to yourself, “I can make more milk. My body is abundant.” and then watch Bridgerton. Well, watch anything that will make you feel good. As you know, milk supply is based on supply and demand. The more you feed, the more you make. In most cases, there is an endless supply of breastmilk, until you decide to wean.
Lastly, It’s ok to feel frustrated. Making milk is hard work. Between the cracked nippled, endless feedings, dips in milk supply, and lack of sleep, you are doing the most! YOU are a food source. In the words of Lizzo, “Baby, you’re a whole damn meal.” We see you! Keep going.