The milk thief

4am

William seems to wake up every time I express. He normally waits until I'm nearly finished but then wakes and screams his head off. It's as if he knows and is not impressed. "Don't steal my milk mummy!"

He has to wait until I've put the bottle away, which he does not like at all. I can't leave it out and I don't like to ask Corey to deal with it because if he knocked it over spilling it I would most probably cry and possibly yell and maybe even throw things. Expressing takes a fairly long time and it hurts my neck and makes me thirsty and spilled expressed milk is the kind of spilled milk that you do cry over. So Corey tries to distract William the best he can while I seal the bottle and chuck it in the freezer.

Corey is getting used to changing a wriggling squirming screaming irate purple-faced little boy. Corey almost always changes William while I get ready to feed him but the days I express he seems to scream just that little bit louder. I don't worry about it waking Alexis because she's usually been awake and put back to sleep sometime in the last few hours so is in a deep sleep.

I usually only express if Alexis has woken me and I can't get back to sleep without expressing first.(Think falling asleep on your tummy with a couple of cricket balls between you and the bed.) I don't like to wake William to feed him. If I try to dream feed him he just vomits. So expressing it is. I do try to make the most of the opportunities to express when they come along.

I don't really like expressing but I do like going on dates with hubby, going to bible study, etc. If there's one thing I've learned it's do NOT wait until I need a bottle to express one. Pumping when stressed is a no go zone for me. I've tried to rush to get a bottle on a deadline and it just doesn't work. The stillness of 3am is my favourite time to "steal" some milk. I'm not distracted, my "jugs" are full and the milk spurts out easily. I only do one side though incase 
William needs a feed soon. He almost always wakes up. Maybe he has a little radar. "Stop, thief, stop stealing my milk!"   

So once I've put the bottle away in the freezer William is given a mostly-drained breast. It's good for supply to let him fully empty it. Babies do that better than pumps. The drained breast usually puts him to sleep easily and it doesn't give him gas or hiccups. It doesn't help me with the cricket-ball situation though and I always think, "if only the pump wasn't dirty I could express…" I'm less concerned though because I'm tired and my neck hurts and I am eager to get back to sleep after being up for about 3 hours by this stage.

William usually wakes an hour or so later, miserable because he was short-changed. Something had stolen his milk. If he's lucky I'll feed him the full side although sometimes I get Corey to get up to him, after all, "I've been up all night so that we have a bottle so we can go on a date".

William most often is pretty adamant he needs a feed and will drink until he makes himself sick.   He won't let that milk thief strike again. 

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