Post # 1
I’m on maternity leave until Nov 9 and have been exclusively breastfeeding at the breast for the past 5 weeks. 2 weeks ago, I started also pumping after breastfeeding in order to build a freezer stock. Yesterday, I felt like I was so over the pumping. It takes like 15 minutes to feed and 15 minutes to pump plus the time in between getting ready to pump (setting up my pump parts and the little freezer bag) plus the time to clean secure and label the bags (I hate the bags and am going back to little bottles even if they are more expensive!).
I wish I could just breastfeed and be done with it but I HAVE to go back to work and I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up with the pumping at work (my schedule is ridiculous!), so I really need to freeze as much milk as possible.
I just really want to spend as many minutes as possible with my baby girl because I’ll be going to work in about a week. I am super sad about going back after only 6 weeks. I wish I could stay home with her longer.
Anyone else struggling with this?
Post # 3
My SIL did… (im not TTC or even married yet) but I just want you to know that you are doing a great thing for your little one!!!
Post # 4
It’s a pain, but it’s worth it. I exclusively pumped (pumped for 4 months and had freezer stash to last two more). I used the bottles and then poured them into bags after I was done pumping. That seemed to be much more convenient, b/c the bottles are easier for pumping and the bags are easier for storage/thawing. When you get back to work, it will be even more of a pain; I spent many hours sitting in the bathroom with a nursing cover, my pump, and a little folding chair with a book. Best of luck to you going forward, and remember that happy momma is happy baby. Try keeping up the pumping until it’s no longer practical; you could even start supplementing with formula for one or two feedings per day (maybe the night time ones?) and that will help you build your freezer stash faster.
Post # 5
I pump one breast while my son feeds on the other. Perhaps you can try that to save some time?
I also bought a milk saver so that when I’m not pumping the other breast, at least I’m catching the milk that leakes. Every little bit helps!
Post # 6
thanks so muchfor the words of encouragement!
@baybee510 how are you able to hold the baby and the pump? Do you have a hands free pump? I havethe medela pump-in-style. How old is your baby? Mine is almost 5 weeks and she still needs some guidance for her latching and she often unlatches and needs to relatch several times in one feeding session.
Post # 7
@nona49: Try the medela bustier. It looks silly but it keeps your hands free.
I wanted to add that you are doing a great job, it is normal to feel like you are a slave to feeding. My little one is 4 months old and I exclusively pump. It still feels like I live life in pumping and then feeding increments.
Post # 8
@nona49: I have the Medela Pump in Style as well. My son is 6 weeks old. Before I start feeding I make sure everything is set up and the pump is next to the breast that I’ll be pumping. Then I position Casey to feed (cradle position) and wait till he’s latched on. With my free hand I turn on the pump, put it on my free breast, wait for the let down, very quickly let go to press the button to change the speed, and then put the pump back to my breast. Every feeding there’s a few drops of milk that splash out but it works for me mostly.
My son doesn’t have difficulty latching on however. Even if he breaks free from my nipple durng feeding, which he often does cause he needs time to swallow, I just push his head closer back to my nipple and he latches on himself. Doing the above will be more difficult for you since it sounds like you need the other hand to help her latch throughout the feeding session. Definitely get the Medela Bustier then. It’ll allow you to breastfeed while filling up a bottle in one go!
Post # 9
@baybee510 thanks so much for that explanation. It is very helpful!. Even though, my baby needs some help with relatching, I am going to try your method.
Post # 10
@nona49: You are doing a wonderful thing for you LO! I know how stressful it is trying to pump while you are also with your LO. Maybe don’t worry so much about your stash right now? Maybe you can pump 1-2 times a day right now to build up a little, and just make sure you take those important pump breaks when you go back to work (most states have laws protecting this right) to keep up with babies demand. Savor these last few days home with your LO!