I also have a 15 month old.
I can only imagine how difficult it is to pump with a new baby and a 15 month old. My DD is almost 13 months old, and is into everything! I don't have BTDT advice for you on pumping with multiple children, but hopefully someone who does will post here after the weekend.
Hands free pumping has helped me tremendously with entertaining my DD. I have also read wonderful things about pumping hands free using a Freestyle. From what I've read, people can do almost anything while pumping with the Freestyle, and you can often find them at a good price on eBay or Craigslist. You can also get a new one for around $280 from addalittlelove.com. (You have to email them for the most recent price.) For your 15 month old, could you turn on some music, or Seseame Street to entertain him while you pump? I know a lot of moms don't let their toddlers watch tv, but if you do let him watch a little maybe save a certain show to be a pumping time treat for him? And maybe he could "help" with the baby? You could put your newborn in a boppy or a swing beside you while you pump, and maybe your 15 month old could "help" give your newborn pacis or "read" stories to your newborn? Pumping while your newborn is asleep can help you get some of your pumps in, and I was always able to feed my baby while I pumped, especially while hands free.
Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
I use the Pump Ease band, and it does work very well! I only pump 4x per day now, and sometimes I use 10 ounces bottles for milk collection from the pump, which gets a little heavy. The Pump Ease holds even the full bottles very securely when I'm moving around while sitting, and does a pretty good job of holding them securely while I'm walking. I have also heard really good things about the Simple Wishes bra. And the Medela Freestyle is a very portable pump with a rechargeable battery, so you can pump while walking all over the house, carrying babies, etc. Combing the Freestyle with a good hands free bra would definitely give you more freedom to entertain kids.
You can make your own hands free system with an old sports bra, or even a regular bra, by cutting slits in it. You could reinforce the slits with some stitching or fabric glue. There's also a method of turning a nursing bra into a hands free bra using hairties to secure the pump to the latch where the bra cups fasten. If you search on Kellymom, I think there are instructions on how to use the hairties.
Yes, I tried the hairtie method and doesnt unfortunately work for me.
I got mine through amazon.com. I never tried the hair tie method so I can't compare the pump ease to that, but it definitely holds everything well for me. A lot of other ladies on this board rave about it too.
congrad's on baby #2!
PISA is the Medela Pump in Style Advanced.
Congratulations on baby # 2!!!!