Pumping for the Working Mom

One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding for me was the return to work, and trying to keep up with little C’s demand while I was gone.  Per my lactation consultant at The Pump Station in Santa Monica, an AMAZING breastfeeding resource, I pumped every three hours, which mimicked the time span she was feeding at while I was gone. I would feed her in the morning before work, and then pump at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and then be home by 6pm to feed her again.  While at first it was difficult and exhausting, it became a part of my daily routine, and little C is still breastfeeding! I now only pump twice a day instead of three times, and she definitely drinks a lot less since she eats mainly solids, but what a victory! I never thought I would make it two weeks breastfeeding let alone 2 years. So. Here are my tips:

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LANOLIN
Good lanolin is a MUST. It prevents chaffing and helps to heal painful, cracked nips. It’s great even if you aren’t pumping, and safe for baby. Rub it on the pump parts and on your nips every time before you pump. Trust me, you will thank me for this later. I prefer the Medela lanolin, I found that the others were too sticky.

PUMP
Per my last post about breastfeeding, INVEST IN A GOOD PUMP.  Renting my Medela Symphony was THE BEST thing that I HAVE EVER DONE. EVER.

FLANGES
Make sure that your flanges are the right size for your body. If you are not sure, consult with a specialist. This can be the difference between successful pumping and painful misery.

HANDS-FREE PUMPING BRA
Pumping for 30 minutes at a time, you are going to want to have a good hands-free pumping bra so that you can continue to focus on work instead of holding up the bottles. Look out for a post on how to make your own!




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