since i have been back at work for over 3 months now (i work part-time nights...two 12hr shifts), i have devised a system for getting the most out of my pumping sessions.
it is difficult to relate to a breast pump, as you can imagine. especially when you have precious little time to pump before you have to run into the operating room to scrub for a case and you barely managed to inhale a sandwich.
the thing that has helped me tremendously is having pictures and videos of quinn on my phone. everyone has a cell phone these days, so i purposely take a few short videos and snap a couple pics before going to work. i pump and listen to his coos, watch him giggling of smiling, and picture what he is doing right now. i try to think of what he smells like and how his body would feel curled up next to mine. that is how i relate to my pump.
so this is my pump:
|medela pump in style advanced|
and these are the easy containers that i use to catch all that milk because they screw right onto the bottom and because they do not contain BPA, PVC, or DEHP (whatever that is). i label them and store them in my fridge or freezer. you can actually screw a nipple right onto them to feed baby, but i transfer them to bottles and reuse the containers.
these are my favorite glass bottles because glass makes me happier than plastic and because they are supposed to reduce colic:
|dr brown's glass bottles|
here is the bottle warmer that sits on the nightstand next to mike's side of the bed, pre-set so that he just pops a bottle in when baby starts to fuss for food:
|dr brown's bottle warmer|
and i store the milk according to these guidelines posted on dr sears' website (he also has TONS of helpful hints for nursing, returning to work, getting your supply up, etc):
for those working moms out there who manage to pump and continue nursing, i give you some serious kudos. it is no joke so keep it up!