So it looks like I can get the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Backpack, which is very nice, since it turns out that my FSA does not cover breastfeeding equipment after all. I keep procrastinating, though, in part because I worry that she will backslide again, and in part because the baby fund is getting pretty low (more on that in another post) and I hate to deplete it. The second reason is completely irrational, as I need a breast pump, and it's not as though one is going to fall out of the sky and land on me for free if I procrastinate long enough.
|I'm not sure what's "stylish" about this, actually.|
Now if I could just get my breasts under control. They have a tendency to ache all the time, and I leak like there is no tomorrow. When I get up in the morning, I leak so much that my breast milk literally splashes on my feet. Hopefully my hormones will get this stuff regulated out soon.
My mom thinks the problem may be over-pumping and over-feeding; I generally pump 10-12 oz a 15 min session, 3-5 times a day, in addition to nursing when I am awake. However, it's not as though this gives me a stash - Monkey and Football eat it ALL. They will sometimes eat as much as 8 oz each in one bottle session, and they usually nurse for at least 30 mins each. I am lucky if I have 20 oz in the fridge at any one time. We've never had breast milk last even 24 hours in the fridge at this point.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding says that you should let your babies nurse whenever they like, for as long as they like. My mother says that I should think about putting them on a schedule so that (a) they won't make me totally crazy and (b) they won't overeat. They're my first babies so I haven't any real clue. Anyone have any experience with this?