As I’m back to work and back into the pumping at work swing, I’ve discovered so many tricks to make this second time around so much easier. As a teacher, I find myself in a race against the clock to get each of my three pumping sessions in. Time is of the essence, and really precious. Here are six tips that make my pumping sessions run smoothly so I can get back to work without batting an eye.
Tracy Brennan is a working teacher mom to a precocious daughter born November 2009. She is the creator and manager of the blog Liberating Working Moms, where she has created a community of like-minded bloggers sharing the trials and tribulations–alongside all the joys! –of being a working parent. Tracy has utilized her Journalism background, as well, and has been published on BlogHer and ParentMap, a Pacific Northwest publication. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post Live chatting about all things “working momma.” She and her family are ecstatic to be growing their brood as they await Baby #2, due early December 2013.
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When I returned to work after having my first daughter, pumping at work wasn’t a successful endeavor. I pumped twice a day, and my already dwindling breastmilk supply dropped even more. A large part of this was due to problems from the get-go, while another part was just not educating myself on breastfeeding in general. As I’m a week back to work after having my second daughter, I’m having a lot more successes and feel more confident about this undertaking. I’ve educated myself and worked my butt—well really my boobs off—to amass 400 ounces of frozen breast milk before I stepped foot back in the classroom. What this week has taught me, though, is truly how hard it is to be a pumping working momma.
Once baby sister arrived, my oldest began fighting nap time. I was at my wit’s end over it and a lot of stress ensued. So when I was researching sleep regressions on The Sleep Lady‘s site for my youngest, I glimpsed a link about “quiet time” and clicked over to see what it was all about. After reading what quiet time entailed, I decided that I could be OK with nap time ending as long as quiet time could become our new norm. Here are the steps I took to know that quiet time was the best option for us and how I set it up.
I’m exhausted, drained, tired, fatigued, and frankly worn out. If I could find other good synonyms to describe my current state of my lack of slumber, I’d use those too.
In my mind I had been mentally preparing to have a bad sleeper with my second baby since my oldest was a great sleeper as an infant. Truth be told, baby sister was a great sleeper from about six weeks to three-ish months old. I thought I hit the jackpot. But then the fourth leap of The Wonder Weeks hit, the four month sleep regression ensued, and my precious baby girl decided that sleep was for the birds. And generally, the only way I can get her back to sleep after her numerous wake-ups at night is if I nurse her.
David Haig, an Evolutionary Biologist, though, suggests a bigger reason behind the sleepless nights babies give their parents.
When I was told I had to go on an elimination diet while breastfeeding, I was committed to doing whatever it was I could do to keep allergic colitis flare-ups at bay while continuing to nurse my daughter. At first, it was difficult and I was sometimes in tears as I struggled to find foods to eat, especially as I needed to eat enough to keep my supply up. At three months on an elimination diet of eating no dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish, I’ve finally got the hang of this eating thing that is full of variety and taste! And really, I’ve found it a blessing in disguise for me as I’m probably eating the healthiest I ever have in my life. Here are 13 of my go-to elimination diet foods.
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Newborns are awesome with their squish, but they are also hard on any new parent. Once my first daughter hit the 3-month mark, the clouds parted, the sun began shining, and rainbows and unicorns appeared. When babies emerge from the newborn phase, the world is so different for not only baby, but also for their parents. As much as I’m a tad sad about how quickly my children grow, I am so very grateful my youngest is now out of the newborn stage. Life is that much sweeter to have this little peanut interacting with us more! Check out these 9 reasons why I’m so very happy to be through the newborn phase.
With my first daughter, I struggled to produce enough breast milk for various reasons that stemmed from medical problems at birth and all the stress that ensued. This time around, I’ve been researching and doing all I can to successfully breastfeed my second daughter and have enough milk produced for my return to work. As I sit here a little over a week before I return, I’ve managed to pump and store about 400 ounces of breast milk. This second breastfeeding journey has been a huge accomplishment — one that I fought so hard to achieve, especially after we had several weight checks after birth since my daughter wasn’t gaining enough. I fought through it, never gave up and amassed more than I ever thought I would. I know every woman’s body works differently and not everyone can get the same results, but I wish I had this knowledge the first time around, so I wanted to share it with you.