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 CNN.com 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.