Balancing time between LO and pumping
Find a Conversation
|Sun, 05-20-2012 - 8:30pm|
My son is 5 weeks old and I have been EPing since day 1 because of latching issues.
I'm wondering how everyone balances time between their baby and pumping. I spend about 3 hours per day on the pump (30 -40 minutes, 6 times per day). I try to do this while he is napping or sleeping, but he is not yet on a schedule so it is very difficult. My husband works from home (luckily) so he takes care of my son while I am pumping, but I feel very guilty about this. There are countless times where he is sleeping on my chest and I have to give him to my husband because I have to pump.
I have tried the hands free bras and kits, but the issue is that the flanges do not properly stay attached to my body, so I have to constantly hold them to avoid having them leak down my stomach. The bra holds them in place, but doesn't hold the suction so it just ends up getting soaked with milk that leaks when the suction breaks.
I'm getting very discouraged and feeling like quitting, even though my original goal was 6 months. On top of this, my son now has bloody poop and the doctor thinks it is a milk protein allergy. If I were to quit pumping now, he would have to be on a special formula that is full of even more disgusting ingredients than the standard formula.
What is everyone doing to balance the time? TIA.