I can tell you for free that motherhood is a life long learning experience. We have to learn new things day in, day out.
We all want to breastfeed for as long as possible..at least I imagine that we all want to unless circumstances do not allow. However, we still have a life to live and most of us have to go back to work. When I think about leaving my baby and going to work, it drives me crazy but at some point it has to happen. And in order to feed him on breast milk for the recommended 6 months, I have to pump milk and leave it for him to feed.
I have started practicing how to pump and today was the first time I used a manual breast pump. Assembling it was a difficult thing yet I had been shown how to do it several times. I did not buy a new breast pump but got a used pump from my sister in law. She has two little boys and I was so glad to get some of the baby stuff from her.
So, I sat down, took like 30 minutes trying to set up the manual breast pump and since I did not have a manual, I had to figure it out. I stuck it on my breast and started pumping. I didn’t know how to use a manual breast pump since I am a first time mom and I have never seen someone else use it. Nevertheless, its easy to use and I got the groove fast.
It felt ticklish at first and seemed like hard work but once I found my rhythm, the milk started flowing and I can honestly say, it went well.
The only problem was that once I gave baby Lowell the bottle, he refused to take it and he just wanted the breast as usual. Any tips to get him feeding on the bottle are welcome…
I do encourage working moms to try the pumping way. It is surely better than starting baby on formula too early.