Pumping sucks. Literally.
As a mom returning to work, it really sucks.
Not only are you away from your baby, but this pump is supposed to trigger your hormones to make milk for your baby. Not sure about some of the new pumps on the market, but mine looked nothing like my baby!
Plus, I was usually trying to squeeze (pun intended) in some pumping in between clients at work. At the time, my husband and I owned a business in Minneapolis. I was lucky enough to have an office to pump in as I realize most women do not. And even then it was hard to find the time. Since time is of the essence in breast pumping, the more efficient you are at pumping, the better.
When my now 6 year-old twin boys were 2 months old, I returned to work. We were very fortunate to have lots of help by all the grandmothers to watch Declan and Jens while I was at work. I recall one evening when I returned home to my family. I was very proud of the milk I had pumped at work that day. But when I asked how much they ate that day, I was shocked! I had nowhere near enough milk to compensate for what they ate during the day.
I realized I needed to learn how to pump more efficiently. I also found some information for helpers on how to feed a bottle to breastfed babies to make them work for it a little bit, just like they do when they breastfeed. If you would like to hear more about these strategies that can help your return to work, come to one of the breastfeeding Q & A sessions offered every 4th Tuesday of the month to speak with a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). To register, email me directly at Ahrens.firstname.lastname@example.org. The sessions are 30 minute private sessions (can bring partner if desired) and are brought to you as part of the Health Information Screenings at the DAHLC.