This video says it all (watch the whole thing with the volume on).
Josh and I were trying to get Juliette to laugh last night...hence why you hear us making all kinds of funny noises in the video. At the end of the video, you hear Josh. He smelled the cabbage.
After five months of exclusively pumping, I decided to "pitch the pump" this week. I struggled with the decision. Breast milk is sooooo good for babies and I had devoted 4 hours a day for the past 5 months (580 hours!) to making sure Juliette got her share of the "liquid gold"...but I'd had enough. So after many hours of weighing the pros vs. cons, I decided I wanted to drink Red Bull again. I wanted to sleep 8 hours straight without waking up to hook myself up like a cow. I wanted to sleep without a bra. The time was right. Yes, I may sound selfish but trust me, the output had been declining to the point where we have been giving her a few bottles of formula a day already. So, the other night I pumped my last bottle. And the cabbage leaves went in. Google "what to do to dry up breast milk" and "apply a cabbage leaf compress" will come up just about every time. I decided to give it a try. I put the cold cabbage leaves in my bra and immediately the smell of coleslaw hit me. According to most accounts, you should leave the cabbage on the breast and change them every few hours until milk is gone. I am 36-hours in and the smell is bad. I honestly don't think I will ever look at cabbage the same.
Yes, that's real cabbage in there.
Hopefully, the pain will be gone in the next day or so. For the mean time, Juliette will be enjoying her bottles of formula and Mommy will be enjoying her Red Bull!
The many hours spent pumping were def worth it! I would do it again in a heartbeat! I love this girl more than anything!
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Jen and I am the proud Momma of Juliette Margot! We are so blessed to have a healthy and happy baby girl. Check back often and watch as Juliette grows...you never know what great adventures are ahead of us!