Three months ago, I was on the road determined to blaze the trail of breastfeeding. Patch was a great latcher in the beginning because he made my milk come in almost immediately. Even though he was born four weeks early. It was the complete opposite of Pumpkin whom I struggled with to get any milk for weeks after birth.
Soon after being treated for Jaundice, Patch ended up being fitted for a Pavlik harness. That is a huge post on it’s own, but he had to wear the harness all the time except for baths. The harness kept him in a particular position and breastfeeding became really difficult. I tried to Lactation Consultants and four different holds, and we just couldn’t get comfortable. Add the fact that he was gassy and we were not sleeping at night and I just kindof gave up inside. I couldn’t get the energy to try to breastfeed in the middle of the night. A bottle was so much easier and that’s where we ended up.
Now I pump about 7 times a day. I was pumping every 2-3 hours but at night I try to go 4 hours between pumps to help me get a little more sleep. Exclusively pumping is a tough road. I’m still not sure how I’ll handle the inconvenience of pumping at all day events like if we want to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. With Pumpkin, I just brought my pump with me and I’ll probably do that again. I am currently using the Lansinoh breast pump which is nice and small, but I have found that the suction is greatly reduced when using the battery versus plugged in. Which defeats going on the road with it. I am hoping to hear information on the Willow breastpump which was revealed at CES 2017, but the company has gone dark. There’s been no new information and they have no social media presence. I’m looking at the new Medela pump because it’s familiar. I know it well and know it’s a workhorse.
Two days ago I got Patch to latch and sometimes he turns his head to my breast like he wants to latch. So I may work on it still. I’d love to be able to breastfeed at night and cut the night pumps so we can all get more sleep. But we’ll see.
Right now, with my pain and his healing, I’m just grateful that I have a good supply and pumping is working for us. I’d love to get to two years of pumping, but OMG is pumping more difficult with a second child. There’s almost no time because there is always someone that needs you. For now, I’ll celebrate each month that we pass because I know I’m trying my hardest.
Would you exclusively pump? What is your favorite pump to use? Thank you for following me on my breastfeeding journey!