Today I wanted to talk about what to do during those boring pumping sessions. I know a lot of mommies strictly place baby to breast; however, for those working and/or moms who’s baby has latching difficulties, OR like my sweet girl who has reflux issues-pumping can be a boring task! I mean let’s face it…the only beauty of the gig is getting extra snuggle time with our sweet little ones.
As I just mentioned, Callie was diagnosed with reflux last week. We were strictly breastfed until I began to notice choking and gagging during feeds. I immediately began researching and assumed I had a case of forceful let down…only to observe my poor baby gasping for air even at the end of feeds. Being a speech-language pathologist, a feeding problem definitely comes to my mind when I see a poor baby having these difficulties. The doctor reassured me that it was most-likely reflux, to try some medication and positioning strategies (aka use a bottle), and to wait a week to test the theory. Thankfully, I have noticed a big improvement, but I miss my bonding time (& dread my time spent feeling like a cow in a milk factory).
I decided I’d go ahead and share with everyone my pastime recommendations and encourage you to comment below and add to the list for all the moms out there:
- Catch up on all those TV shows you used to follow religiously every week, but now have no time for!
- Check your emails
- Browse social media
- Read (though using a digital format may be easier to control with one hand)
- Grab a snack and nice refreshment to help your body recover and prepare to supply more milk for the next round *I recommend taking this time to grab some of your favorite lactation booster (e.g., supplement, cookies, bars, teas, etc.). My go-to is the ‘Liquid Gold’ tea from Pink Stork.
- Call a friend and talk about anything other than ‘baby’. I know they say to set your mind on the baby to help with flow; however, let’s be real ladies…this is your only time in the day where you get to sit down and chill.
- Track my pumping/other useful info about baby *I currently use the Medela pumping system and their app MyMedela for tracking Callie’s breastfeeding, bottle feeding, pumping, diapers, and sleep. I have found this organizational method easy and useful.
Thank you to Pink Stork for sending me the Liquid Gold to try. If you want to know further thoughts on this product, as well as other notes about the company, check out my IGtakover for @PinkStork on 6/7. Also, don’t forget to follow me @samanthaklanier for daily updates on all things Live Laugh Lanier.