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Sooooo…..
05.21.2012, 16:34
Filed under: awkward cow, bottle feeding, breastfeeding, working mom

So….for the past month or so, I’ve been dealing with this love/hate relationship I have with my pump…..I love that it allows me to provide breastmilk for Amelia while she’s at the daycare, but I hate having to lug it around…..I’m not ready to give up nursing, just tired of the fact of the pump.

As if I needed further proof that the time for me to hang up the horns is drawing near……today I was apparently so anti-pump minded…..that I didn’t pack my bottles. Or any other receptacle in which to collect milk.

:sigh:

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Adventures in Pumping
09.11.2011, 01:05
Filed under: awkward cow, bottle feeding, breastfeeding, hippie mama, working mom

Okay…..so apparently I have a plugged duct. Yeah, it sucks as much as everyone says 😛

It doesn’t really surprise me….I started back to work last Thursday and have been pumping every day, twice a day….even been bringing home a little more every day but with not being able to just nurse on demand…..

After my first pumping break on Thursday, I noticed that even though I was able to get a good bit of milk from my right breast, it still felt a little tender when I was done….it didn’t get any better and when I woke up on Friday morning it was pretty painful. I fed BabyFrog, put her back to bed and pumped off the rest as I had been doing all week….but there was still a nice wedge that wouldn’t budge :-\

So, when I got to work……I improvised.
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Wordless Wednesday – Irony
09.07.2011, 22:51
Filed under: breastfeeding, hippie mama, wordless wednesday, working mom
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My pumping station at work....yeah, I carry the pump in a Gerber sling bag and keep the milk in a Similac cooler....and I think that's pretty damn funny right there ;^)



Breastfeeding in the City

I go back to work on Thursday.

The day after tomorrow.

A while back, I bought this Breast Milk Storage Kit from Playtex which I love and works out beautifully with my awesome little Playtex breast pump. The plan was to use this kit with the pump to make for easy thawing and feeding while I’m in work…..we realized that it’s kind of impractical to expect to build up a stash as I go unless I keep buying these kits so that we have rings and lids for storage. Meh.

So, I said we’ll use up all the milk I have stored with this kit and fee up all the toppers so that I have extras to bring back and forth to work with me and just get regular old breast milk storage bags to keep the home supply.

Last night, I took Monkey over to Cross Country practice and thought since there’s a CVS right across the street, I’d just run in there grab a 25 count pack for now, until I set up my subscription with Amazon……also, used my last Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid teabag so I figured CVS carries vitamins and all that junk, they’re bound to have some Traditional Medicinals tea………right?

Ha!
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Wordless Wednesday – A Nap Together
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Making the most of my last full week off and enjoying another nap time with BabyFrog 😉

 

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Making the most of my last full week off and enjoying another nap time with BabyFrog 😉



So….what are you wearing?

I mentioned a while back that my problem with nursing in public is not so much whether or not I have the right to do so, cuz I do and I will so everyone can just get over it…..my problem is my own personal modesty issues and personal comfort. I mean at home, I can enjoy a cup of tea and nurse BabyFrog while wearing a tank top and a “comfortable” bra….but, outside the comfort of our apartment is still a work in progress. I’ve had a little bit of success nursing with BabyFrog in my awesome sling and I absolutely love it….but she’s outgrowing it much quicker than I thought she would so it can be a little tough to work that. Totally getting another sling, though, it’s awesome!!

Now, I haven’t managed to get my hands on a Baby Bond – though I would still very much like to! – I went out today and bought a bunch of tops to serve as nursing tops….over the past few weeks, I’ve discovered that it’s nearly impossible to find actual nursing tops that are “me”…so today, I hit our favorite second hand store and looked for tops that would not only work to modestly NIP but are still something I would wear or would at least make it easier to nurse while wearing my favorite t-shirts ;^)

I’m still dealing with this bra thing, though….I’ve been through pretty much every nursing bra I can find and none of them are even a little bit comfortable for me to wear in public. I like my super-supportive, pre-formed bras with the bone and the underwire….they lift, separate and relieve the fatigue in my upper back – that is comfortable! They are however not great for breastfeeding….over, under, slip the strap down – nope, nope, nope…..so I’m stuck with two cottony, stretchy things that I bought a while back for sitting around in. While they do have an underwire, they just can’t cope…..I’m a DD to begin with and wearing one of these things when we go out…..I feel awful. Miserable. Frumpy. Ugh. I think I might have to perform surgery on one of my good bras before I go back to work to see if I can get it to work, at least for pumping.

So, how have you managed to make nursing – whether in public or not – work for you? What about your bra? Are you really happy with it? If so, can you tell me what it is…..please????

Oh, and please head over and “like” the FrogMonkey Facebook page – I’ll be using that to share some interesting links, news and other fun-stuff that I normally wouldn’t post here. Love to see you there! ;^)



Store Score!!

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So normally, I hate going to stores. I much prefer online shopping. But now and then, I can really score when I actually go shopping.

I really only went to Babies “R” Us to get some tea because I’m addicted to the stuff and I’m completely out so I don’t want to have to wait for it to get here Monday. Of course, once I’m there, I can’t not look around…..I was going to order some Gerber pre-folds this week so I checked to see if they had those….they did, but the Babies “R” Us brand pre-folds were not only $2 cheaper, but they were BOGO50%off – woot!

We also wanted to grab some disposables because even though we use cloth during the day, I still haven’t been brave enough to do it at night…..so Bill noticed that if you buy the Seventh Generation diapers, you get a free pack of their wipes…..only a small pack but it’s usually $5 so, WTF, right?

But the best deal of the day – and the reason I’m so happy I went there looking for my tea! – on the clearance rack, there was an Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Support kit……..for $5!!! Yeah, it was ripped open and the Booby Tubes were missing, but there was an extra Bosom Buddies in there, so that’s cool.

So all these goodies should have cost about $95….I paid $40…..and they threw in the Butt Paste – lol ;^)