Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lady M vs the Pump: Round One

The last time I used the breast pump was three years ago, over one very long night in a Seattle hotel room with no visible results. I sat there until dawn, too engorged to sleep, struggling with the pump and reading on my laptop for distraction. In desperation, I learned to hand express the next day at the office in a convenient disabled-usage bathroom stall that included a sink behind closed doors.

Let's just say that the whole experience was somewhat traumatizing, and I was relieved to fly home at the end of the day and feed Q-ster.

As I've said before, I'm determined to get the hang of pumping this time around. This morning, Buster slept late and I was pretty full, so it was time to face the music. Here's how it went:

8:20am Pull out the pump case

8:25am Read instructions, assemble all pieces

8:30am Try pump, feel no suction

8:35am Disassemble pump components, re-read instructions, reassemble

8:40am Try pumping again without success

8:45am Hand express to get things started. Start collecting actual, visible milk!

8:46am Think to self that most of milk is probably from the hand expression

8:50am RESCUED! Baby wakes up and demands to be fed immediately.

8:51am 'Reluctantly' set pump aside and pick up Buster, the cutest little natural breast pump ever

Stay tuned for Round 2.


Mayberry said...

Ugh, bad memories of my first day back at work and having to hand-express while sitting on the floor of someone else's office ... good times. And good luck with the pump next time.

Binkytown said...

Honey- what kind are you using? Is it a Medela? Me and Ye Olde Pump are intimately acquainted. You MUST have a Medela- if it's not one, throw it out now and save yourself the aggrivation. Hope Round 2 is better.

Rugger Mom said...

Gotta agree with binkytown. The Medela worked for me for the six months I pumped while working. Not that it was fun. Heck, do whatever works for you. If that means hand expressing while standing on your head, do that. ;)

kittenpie said...

I second binkytown's love of Medela Pumps. The Pump-in-Style saved my life. They also have a two-phase thing that is supposed to stimulate let-down first and then carry on. My model was before that innovation, and it was still fantastic. Than again, I had more milk than I knew what to do with, so production and let-down was NEVER an issue. Good luck!

Mamacita Tina said...

Oh how I hated the pump! But I used the Medela pump in style also, it worked well. But let's face it, it's so much better having the baby take care of business. But pumping is necessary. Best of luck.

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