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HOW TO STOP BREASTFEEDING. NO COLD-TURKEY METHOD.

Katherine Romrell

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DISCLAIMERS

First off, Before we begin, I’m gonna write a huge statement & warning.
I mean it with love.

I would like to state that I 100% believe and know that breastmilk cannot be compared to formula. Breastmilk is Liquid Gold and I admire women who can breastfeed without a physical or mental hitch. I wish that would’ve been my story but unfortunately breastfeeding does not workout for everyone. At the end of the day, I’m so thankful that we live in a day and age where not only does baby formula exist but it’s come a long way.

And if you’re here cause you’ve been blessed to nurse your baby but are now done, I think you’re amazing! 🙌🏼

With that said, I’m here to advocate for 3 things:

  • MENTAL HEALTH. Yes, there’s a direct link to PPD and Nursing. Does not happen to everyone, but it does happen, and it happened to me. Learn about the facts HERE & HERE.

  • FED IS BEST. A baby’s gotta eat, so just feed your baby the way you want to.

  • YOU DO YOU. So long as you’re not harming yourself or others, proceed to do you.


PLEASE NOTE: I’m not in the medical field whatsoever, so my advice is that you do your own research as well.


MY STORY

If you’re wondering why breastfeeding didn’t work out for me with either of my boys,
you can read about it HERE. Long story short; It has to do with PPD & Oxytocin.


HOW TO DRY YOUR SUPPLY

I’m here to tell you what worked for me (twice) in hopes that it will help other women in need too. When I was in desperate need to dry out my milk, I found very little information and help. Many different OB’s suggested I just cold turkey, but that did NOT work for me. I attempted to cold turkey with my first boy and instead I ended up getting mastitis. So I found a less brutal way to do it. I tried my method out again with my second baby, and it’s worked pretty great for me.

This method takes 1-2 weeks to dry up, but you will feel very little pain & engorgement.

 

#1: PUMP & WEAN OFF

  • Pump 2-3 times a day. Definitely no more than 4 times.

  • Space them out as much as you can! Example; pump every 8 hours. Then reduce how many times you pump every 24-48 hours.

  • Only pump for 10 minutes. No longer than that. Then start reducing how long you pump every 1-2 days.

  • NOTE:
    I pumped and dumped. I did not feed my baby the milk at any point because I was taking certain medications that are advised to not take during nursing.

  • EXAMPLE OF MY PUMPING SCHEDULE:

Once you hit pumping only once a day, your supply should have significantly decreased.

 

#2: HOT & COLD COMPRESSIONS

HOT: In order to relief my pain and engorgement, I took a manual pump for each boob in the shower. Yes, this includes the times I did it 2,3,4 times a day. Showers are just magical for me and this postpartum phase was not fun. The warm water helped let down my milk and helped so much with the pain. If you don’t want to hop in the shower each time, just use a hot electrical pad on your boobs. I suggest a hot electric pad cause its fast & convenient.

COLD: I also bought boob gel pads that you can put in the fridge or freezer and I’d snuggle them straight on my boobs after each pump when I was out of the shower. I kept them in the fridge most of the time, just out of preference.

 

#3: MEDICATIONS

Alright, this is where I got a bit cray. And note that I was pumping and dumping the whole time. So if you’re considering pumping but still giving that Liquid Gold to your baby, be super careful of what medications you’re taking. Some of these might not be for you.

  • I took Sudafed round the clock for two weeks.
    I did a ton of research and I came a cross an article that said a study showed that women experienced a decrease of 10%-30% in their milk supply a day when they took Sudafed.

  • I also alternated between ibuprofen and acetaminophen round the clock for pain and swelling.

 

#4: OILS & OINMENTS

I dabbed a bit of peppermint oil and Vicks Decongestant Rub straight on my nipples several times a day for two weeks.

 

#5: CONSISTENCY

I did all of these things for two weeks. By day 8, I barely had supply but did have a few leaks when I felt temperature change. AKA: when I hopped in or out of the shower or when I was shirtless. Around this time, I was able to brave a more “cold-turkey” approach cause there wasn’t much milk coming in after a week of this.


LASTLY,

My friends,
never in the history of ever, have I seen, read, heard, or witnessed so much hate and ignorance on the subject of Vaginal Deliveries vs C-Sections and Breastmilk Vs Formula. True palm to face explosion over here.
🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

If someone tries to bring you down because of these choices, they are truly outdated and uninformed, (and how embarrassing for them). 🙈😬😬😬

I’m here to remind you that, so long as you’re not bringing harm to yourself or others; What you decide for you, your babies, and your fam is never and should never be up for grabs or shamed by anyone else.

Happy journey to you ♥️

MATERNITY: CREAM BODYSUIT

Katherine Romrell

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MICHELLE ROSE + IG
BODYSUIT: FASHION NOVA
33 WEEKS PREGNANT (PICTURED) // CURRENTLY 39 WEEKS PREGNANT

 

*PREGNANCY UPDATE*

If you guys saw my recent letterboard post, then you’re mostly up to speed about my new delivery date!
My goodness, I’ve never heard of another women getting her delivery date changed soooo many times.

When we first found out we were pregnant, the EDD was July 2nd! Then it was changed to June 25th. Then i had two OB’s conflicting with each other on how far along I really was. (I was in UT for my 2nd trimester and saw my old OB there in the meantime). Utah said that my EDD was June 18th but that if I was going for a scheduled c-section that I needed to go on the week of June 10th. (A week earlier because they go off of your last pregnancy’s trend, and Leo came a week early). When I came back to GA, my OB here (who’s apparently NEVER wrong) said “Nope, our EDD of June 25th is correct but we’ll schedule you for a c-section on the week of the 17th”. My c-section got scheduled a week before the 18th (for the 18th) and then this past Thursday I got a call from the OB clinic saying that their surgical team has rescheduled my c-section for June 20th.

It’s fine. I’m fine.
I lost my sh*t that day I got the call, but i’m mostly just emotionally dead now. 🙄😅

I’ve never been more matter of fact and demanding (and rude) on the phone in my life.
At first, no one could tell me WHY it was rescheduled but that was unacceptable for me so I started hunting nurses and doctors down to give me answers. I was on the phone back and forth with the surgical team in the hospital and with my OB’s clinic. Finally my OB’s clinic hunted down my OB who was at the airport catching a flight and she gave me a call.

Basically, she explained that there was a few emergency surgeries that bumped scheduled surgeries down. So like a domino effect. SUPPOSEDLY this happens more often than you’d know (even though this is the first I’ve ever heard of it)!

Whatever.
Now that I’m calm…. it makes sense right? But in the moment, I was like “WHYYYYYY WOULD THAT AFFECT MY SCHEDULED SURGERY DAYS BEFORE!!!!” At the time I was soooo mad, that I was shaking, and then all I could do was bawl my eyes out HARD! And if you’re wondering why the two day difference made me loose it, I’m here to tell you why!

ONE
I wish I could say graceful things about pregnancy but pregnancy is just not a fun ride for me and this 2nd pregnancy has been HELL. Full of so many trials. So needless to say, I’ve been over it from the beginning and having to wait 2 extra days made me go CRAZY!

TWO
A c-section is hard recovery. We all know that, right?! But I’ve been told time and time again that the recovery for a 2nd c-section (with a toddler at home) is harder and longer. We had planned to get my mom out here during specific dates so that I could get all the help I need, but once they changed the date, they changed our game plan! Did I mention i’m a control freak? LUCKILY my mom was able to change her flight for new dates, So hopefully our new timeline pans out!

AND THREE
Leo’s birthday is JUNE 20th too!
I know, I know! It’s trivial and silly and not the end of the world. And even if they were just days apart, I was already planning on combining birthday parties for life. But It was okay with me when the due dates were different because they could have THEIR OWN special day! But now that they’ll share birth-dates, I feel like I’ll never be able to make them both feel uniquely special on their day. They’re just gonna have to share the lime-light on their birthdays forever. I LOVE my siblings BUT, I would not want to share a birthday with my siblings. Maybe that’s just me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’M FINE.
Now that I’ve cooled off, I’m just trying to make the most of this last week with Leo and Chris before we throw a newborn into the mix. We’ve had lots of afternoons filled with icecream, water activities, dinners, and dates!

We are sooo anxious to meet our new baby boy and would not be opposed if he arrived a little earlier!
Xo

MATERNITY: BLACK BODYSUIT

Katherine Romrell

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MICHELLE ROSE + IG
BODYSUIT: FASHION NOVA
33 WEEKS PREGNANT (PICTURED) // CURRENTLY 38 WEEKS PREGNANT

 

Hello friends!
Initially I was so worried about how this shoot would turn out. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I wanted maternity pictures this pregnancy. It’s no secret I’ve struggled with body issues on/off for years, and I’ve never been bigger than I am now. I actually gained more weight in my first pregnancy but I started out at a bigger weight in this pregnancy! Anyways, eventually I convinced myself to do pictures on the possibility of regret… “What if I regret not doing them” and we can’t really turn back time no can we?! So I went forward with them!

Needless to say the bodysuit was a risky choice considering I would bare a lot! Haha! But once we began shooting, I think it really just helped me Just be, and it doesn’t hurt that Michelle is such a great photographer and sweet company!

Also, If you think these photo’s weren’t touched up, you’re seriously kidding yourself. I’ve got mega cellulite going on right now and was battling some mean razor bumps that day! haha!

I’ve got one more maternity shoot to post, so come back soon!

PS: As of yesterday, I have one week left! My c-section has been scheduled for June 18th!!!!