Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Obsession

I spend the majority of my days working on feeding Eli. If I'm home, he spends about 50% of the time attached to my boob. I pump once before work, 4 times at work, and one time after work. I'm told some women are able to just pump twice a day. Lies I say. Lies.

Getting milk into this baby has become the central preoccupation of my life. He's gone on eating rampages a few times and annihilated the back up freezer stockpile I made before going back to work. We're now living on the edge with basically only the previous day's milk to rely on.

This is my Playtex pump. I've grown skeptical of its effectiveness. I came home early from work last week when I suspected it had totally crapped out and didn't think I was going to be able to pump enough for the next day.

This is what I affectionately refer to as my lactation room. There is one functioning outlet in this room, and it is on the opposite side of the room from the chair. The Playtex pump worked with an extension cord I brought in so that I could sit in that chair. The hospital-grade relic from the 80s I rented does not so I'm back to sitting on the floor with my back to the door.

The rental pump came in this awesome gym bag.

I've also taken to buying any herbal supplement people tell me will help my supply. When I was in the store renting the pump the sales lady sold me magic beans. Apparently Malunggay is all the rage and is totally helping all women. It also costs one million dollars, but of course it does because it works and is totally worth one million dollars. In front of the bottles, behold a sampling of the pills I take in one day. This is not including the Fenugreek pictured on the right. It made me and Eli reek of maple syrup and also messed up our tummies so I'm not taking that one anymore.

I'm not a competitive person, but I can be a very determined person. I don't train for races like a lot of my friends do--but I am going to do everything I can to make sure this baby's bottle continues to have the good stuff in it.

3 comments:

Megan Langford said...

You're doing an awesome job. Really, I don't know if I could do what you're doing. Eli is so lucky to have you for his momma.

Lindsay said...

Keep it up! Pumping at work is HARD, and you're doing awesome!

When my supply started dipping, my lactation consultant said to start pumping in the middle of the night--it helped to somehow increase my supply during the day. Weird, I know--but maybe worth a try?

Julie said...

wow, that rental pump is HUGE! I'm told the Medela pump in style is the gold standard- have you tried one maybe? I'm slightly anxious that I have this to look forward to, but I'm super pumped (hahaha!) and amazed that you're so dedicated and makin' it happen. Go mama go!