Pumping improved with my hands free invention, but getting that milk to drop is still tough. Easy with a baby, not so easy with the pump so I started feeding her on one side and pumping on the other. I shocked F when she walked into the room and saw me all set up with the bra invention on one side and the baby on the other. She took a picture. It works amazingly well. I had lots of milk really quickly. By lots I mean about 4 oz. Just pumping both sides for 15 minutes gets me about 2 ounces total and sometimes less. I have tried heat, massage, pumping in the morning after a shower. They all help, but it is really hit or miss if it works and even then I don’t get a lot of milk from pumping alone.
Do I just keep doing this feed/pump combo? Any other suggestions?
Canoeing. I think it’s the answer. We have been considering backpacking with her, but she is heavy to carry before we add in all the stuff we usually take plus all of her things. With canoeing it is possible to bring all kinds of things and you don’t have to carry it. First step wearing the PFD at home. According to a mom in stroller fit class this is the best one and the most comfortable for babies. So far she loves it. It makes a cool sound when she scratches it and she has always loved safety straps especially if she can chew on them. Now we just need a canoe to test it out. Oh and we also need F to no longer get motion sick so we don’t have to drug her every time she goes in a boat. Even flat water makes her sick.
Today I became an inventor. Proof of what can happen with a little more sleep.
The first invention is the snap and go grocery cart. Where we live we walk and buy most of our groceries at smaller crowded grocery stores and carry it home. It gets heavy especially because I love watermelon and buy organic milk in glass bottles. I thought to myself why carry groceries when we have three strollers at home? The answer came to be and it involved the snap and go but I wasn’t sure it was going to work until I could test out my plan. Today I went to the Stupidstore pushing the empty snap and go stroller into the store and found their grocery bins that you can buy. I felt a little wacky with no baby and an empty stroller but it turns out that the bin fits perfectly. For 4.50$ I now have a grocery bin that converts my stroller into a cart. I can still access the basket underneath for additional storage or to tuck the Bee in while I shop. (Ok I didn’t actually put her under the cart she was with her Grandmair.) I am not sure about the cool factor and this cart, but wow it is fantastic.Pufferfish. She made a cake while pumping! I am in awe. She really has pumping figured out and some good technology. I pump sitting at table with a pump in each hand hating every minute of it. I can’t even adjust the pump or take a drink of water without taking off one side and putting it down. I know there are things you can buy to have hands free pumping, but I don’t pump that much and I have a drawer full of bras from pregnancy in different sizes that don’t fit so why not make my own? I kind of shocked F who walked into the kitchen and found me cutting holes in a bra while wearing it and a pump sticking out of the other side but I think it is going to work. Tomorrow morning I will test it out. I won’t be able to make a cake, but I am hoping to at least be able to drink some tea or use the computer.
One of the great things about traveling was no multitasking. There were two of us, one baby and no cooking or shopping. My brain felt so rested that I read two books. The first one was a short and sweet coming of age story and the other one was “The Omnivores Dilemma.” Do you know how much corn you are eating? I recommend reading it. F started it and when she was half way through we ripped the book in half so I get started and she could continue. The Bee got a page from the middle.