1. It's so time consuming!! Takes about 5 minutes just to set it up, 15 minutes to pump, then another 5 minutes to take everything apart and clean.
2. The designated conference room for pumping is so cold that I think I have frostbite on my nipples now.
3. I miss my bonding time with my baby girl and listening to the annoying pumping sound just reminds me that I can't be with her right now.
4. It seems as though my milk supply has suffered just the last two days from lack of nursing and I've experience my first blocked ducts. I had to spend a hour last night nursing on my left breast just to get them unclogged. It worked thankfully, but my dwindling milk supply is stressing me out. I've never had an issue with milk supply and it just upsets me that I now have to work at getting it back up. I love my pump, but now I'm wondering if its not powerful enough for me. The first day, I was able to pump a lot (about 14 oz), but now I've noticed yesterday and today that I'm not pumping as much. Sophia seems to still get the amount she needs, but I still am not pumping enough to send to daycare. I only have 10 oz. frozen and I pump about 8-11 oz. a day now and I have to send 16 oz. per day to daycare. Ugh! So frustrating.
Sorry just needed to rant!
I'm sorry... Pumping can be so hard and such a pain!! With my second I was working at night a couple times a week, and I had to pump in the bathroom. My body has always been terrible at responding to a pump though (and being in the bathroom certainly wasn't helping), and after my first couple attempts (where I got NOTHING even though I was getting engorged) I just gave up. The only way I have ever been able to pump is first thing in the morning while nursing on one side and pumping on the other. Could you try that to help you get more ounces to send? Usually your supply will be highest in the morning anyway, so it probably won't hurt one bit to pump a few ounces while she is feeding. Your body will adjust and get use to producing more at that time.
I'm so sorry you're having issues pumping. I agree with Laurie, try pumping in the morning as well, and Karen, having a picture of Sophia might help.
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I had a lot of issues pumping for DD, I only got about 2 oz max when I used the pump! I found the picture did help. Good luck!
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I found I had to really relax to get good let down at work. Even pumping at home was easier to get more than work. Being at work is just kind of stressful so pumping was hard for me. Totally not workable for everyone but I'd get in a kind of relaxed hands free position, have a book or something else to relax my mind and zone out while I pumped. I also just wiped my pump down and put the parts with milk in a cooler bag so I didn't have to do a full washing. One lucky thing for me is being management work doesn't track my breaks etc so I just took as long as I wanted. I'm not really looking forward to doing it all again - I love nursing and when home I find it 10 times easier than anything else but pumping at work sucks.....
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I pumped at work this morning and as Katie mentioned, I found it was much easier to just relax. I think that may have been what the issue was. I forget that stress can really affect your let down. I read a book and just sat back and was able to pump 4 oz. I think that will be the trick for me instead of just sitting there stressing about every little drop that goes into the bottle.
I finally signed back in so I could post to this. Hang in there, you'll do fine. I pumped in the staff bathroom at the childcare I worked at for 3 months. It is time consuming and hard. I was always just one day ahead. I never had a freezer supply, but it was worth it. Just relaxing is the key. Do you have the hands free thing? I didn't have one of those, but I bet it would help to be able to relax and maybe sip some hot tea or coffee to keep warm? Since I was in the bathroom, it was easy for me to rinse everything out, but I agree with PP to just wipe off the parts and then steam clean them or sanitize them later at home.
Hope it's starting to go smoother now that you're a week into the process!
It is starting to get a lot easier now that I'm getting used to it. I am having an issue with my left breast though which is also the one that keeps getting the clogged ducts. I can pump 4 oz. from my right, but I'm only able to pump 1/2 oz. from my left. I've never been able to pump much from that breast anyways (maybe 2 oz. at the most), but it has severely diminished since I started working.
I also bought some medela breast pump wipes which has made it a lot easier for clean up. Still time consuming, but much better then having to clean everything up in the office kitchen in front of my male co-workers. LOL!
I'm sorry, pumping is so hard. I started having a problem with clogged ducts two weeks ago but I'm pretty sure my pump is the problem as I pumped for the first six weeks with no issue.
I struggle with low supply and either the plugged ducts or my period (not sure if it really was AF or not) totally destroyed my supply for a few days which sucked. I already only produce half of what he eats so it was a brutal few days. It helps me a lot to relax while pumping. I have the hands-free bra and at night I watch shows on Netflix at night to keep me focused on other things. I find that I get the most milk at my 3 am and 6 am pumps.
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