That said, pumping is a pain. I have a single-breast pump right now, because we bought it pre-baby, when we had no idea that she'd be so resistant to breastfeeding (and had little understanding of how common it is for babies to resist). And of course we didn't anticipate the jaundice and the need to stuff her quickly full of supplemental formula calories -- we just thought we'd use it occasionally so daddy could do a night feeding. What a single-breast pump means at the moment is that I pump seven times a day, for 45 minutes to an hour each time. I.e., my schedule looked like this today:
- 4 a.m.: wake up, feed baby (takes 30-45 minutes because we're using the extra-slow Avent nipples that supposedly mimic the breast and minimize baby gassiness; seventy-five percent of babies are very gassy, and Kavi is definitely one of them)
- 5 a.m.: put her down for nap, pump until 6
- 6 a.m.: have an hour do check e-mail, read a book, etc.
- repeat three-hour cycle until bedtime at midnight
- repeat day cycle tomorrow
We're thinking we'll try to rent a hospital-grade double-breast pump (Medela Symphony) and try that out for a month. It's expensive -- $75-100/month. But if it gives me an extra 3.5 hours of freedom a day, I think it'll be worth it. The other option is to buy something like the Medela Pump-in-Style double pump (around $300, I think), but the Symphony is supposed to be more efficient, quieter, and altogether a better experience. So I think we'll at least try it for a month and see.
Here's a question for those who have pumped before -- there's something I don't understand. The books seem to claim that pumping takes about 15-20 minutes/breast. Okay, fine. But milk production goes way up, right? I mean, I'm already pumping 3 oz. at a pumping session, when last week, it was 1.5 - 2 oz. So does the time you pump increase as time goes on? Or does the breast just somehow jet a lot more out in that same 15-20 minutes? Inquiring minds are very confused and would like further information, please.
It's not all about the breast around here, though. Sometimes, stuff comes out other places. We were worried this morning because Kavi had a tiny tiny fever -- 99.2, so basically half a degree. We checked with a couple of our parent friends (Nilofer, Jen) who told us not to worry about it. And the books said we weren't even supposed to call a pediatrician and ask about it until 100.4 or some such. We worried anyway. Six hours later, her temperature's come down to normal, so we're relieved about that....
*But* remember how I said she was feeding like crazy last night? Well, today too -- she's just been asking for lots of food. And we're happy to give it to her (assuming my breasts can keep up with her demands, which they're just barely managing to do), but it's a bit frustrating when we give her food and ten minutes later, she throws it back in our faces. Okay, it's not actually projectile vomiting, so it doesn't reach our faces. But she has spit up about an ounce of milk twice now, dousing my clothes and hers pretty well. Parents -- any clue what's going on? Should we worry? I mean, we're going to worry anyway, but it'd be nice to know whether we actually ought to.