Today I will also be packing the pump up. You’ll recall I had blogged about weaning a couple weeks ago, and I probably left you with the impression that I was done, but that was not the case. I kept making milk, kept getting engorged and kept having to pump. I packed the thing up twice and put it in the closet, only to have to get it out again. As I type, it’s been over 60 hours since I pumped, I’m a little sore but not engorged, and I fully intend to get that sucker (pun intended) off my desk for good today!
And my feelings are still mixed about it, believe it or not. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to do for DD what only I can do. At the same time, it made me very conscious of every drop of milk produced or not produced. I used several Breast Pumps (as you may remember) before I found the one that worked best for me, as far as fitting in with my life. I found a lot of wonderful tips at kellymom, and lots of women doing the same thing at the EP yahoo group. EP stands for exclusively pumping.
For those starting on a pumping journey, I want to encourage you: You can do this. It will not be easy, it may at times be uncomfortable, and you will be chained to that pump in a way a baby never ties you down. But it’s also important, and if you decide it’s a priority, then you will be successful. And if you find this post while researching the idea, even years down the line, and you have questions, please email me or leave a comment and I’ll email you. The link is in the sidebar.
The final thing you’ll need is a place to get supplies. I’m recommending Breastpumps.com because they have a live chat. That was one of the most difficult parts of my pumping journey. I had no one to talk to who knew the ins and outs of the different pumps available, so I had to wing it. I have a collection that didn’t work for me for various reasons to prove that.