|Feelin better ya'll! This was me on Monday with a cool washcloth on my head.|
My last update is here. Since that time, I have reduced my number of pumpings at work from four to three. Now I pump at 8:15am, 11/11:30am, 3/3:30pm. The week before last I attended a conference at a local hotel. The day before it occurred to me, wait a sec, I'm gonna have to pump at this conference! I had totally forgotten. The conference was all day, so it was necessary to pump for sure. Panic set in a bit.
I called the hotel, introduced myself, and explained my situation. The first person was very nice, but clueless herself. She forwarded me to the concierge, who was also very nice. She asked if she could call me back. Once she did, she explained that I would be given a room key in the morning at the registration desk for my conference, and I could pump in that room throughout the day and leave my milk in the fridge. So my advice to anyone in the same situation (conferences, etc): Call ahead! Don't assume that you will have to pump in your car or a bathroom. Call, explain your situation, and see if they can accommodate you.
It was a really good set-up, and I was very thankful. However, you can not IMAGINE the self control it took for me not to curl up in one of those fluffy white beds and take a luxurious nap. Somehow, I resisted. I only pumped three times that day, because I didn't want to miss too much of the presentations. So I arranged it around the breaks. What I found was that I ended up pumping about the same amount. So, I maintained this change at work.
I have noticed that the amount I pump first thing (the 8:15am pump) has increased. And by combining the afternoon pumps, I think I get a bit more. I think it was probably good to have pumped four times a day for this first month to get me going so to speak, but I definitely think that this is a good change and would recommend it to someone in the same boat as myself. I am glad I was forced to try it, because I was nervous about dropping a pumping session.
I would also recommend pumping first thing when you get to work, like I do. They say you have the most milk in the morning, and that takes advantage of it. Also, if he just didn't eat as much for some reason that morning, I pump an insane amount. Once, I pumped almost 8 ounces. That is NOT the norm. For instance, this morning he had a good breakfast, and I pumped about 4 ounces.
I would say my output is still around 12-15 ounces a day (plus whatever I pump before bed, which is anywhere from 1 to 3 ounces). Somehow, I have managed not to use any of my freezer stash over the past couple of weeks. I am not exactly sure how. I must be pumping just a little more each time. Also, whenever I have a day off from work due to my flex schedule or what-have-you, that helps.
Miraculously, I will actually be adding to my freezer stash this week, since I was home with Ben twice this week due to his cold.