Saturday, January 26, 2013

Adventures in Pumping (Part 1)

So there is a lot of things that I have been meaning to write about with regards to breast feeding the twins and pumping.  Plus, I have time while I'm pumping at work to post, but instead I have just been reading everyone else's blog and thinking about how I should post more.

Anyway, breastfeeding and pumping is going well so far.  Here are just some random thoughts on pumping.

Pumping makes me ridiculously thirsty.  I know that it's hormonal, but it's kinda crazy.  I get like painfully thirsty.  However, since I'm not thirsty before I start pumping I often forget to get water.  If I'm at home, CJ will bring it to me even though I do the same thing every time and when I'm at work, I just suffer.  Seriously though, how hard can it be to remember to have my water bottle filled up and ready when I sit down to pump.

Pumping at work is exhausting.  Basically, my daily schedule goes something like this.
1.  Feed the twins when they wake up between 5:15-5:30 until 5:45.  Then, diapers and clothes changed and the twins play in one crib together while I get ready.  Meanwhile, CJ is prepping the bottles for daycare.

2.  If the twins don't eat well, then I try to pump really quickly (like 10 minutes) before I leave for work.

3.  Morning break from the OR (sometime between 8:30-10am) pump x 15 minutes.

4.  Lunch break from OR (sometime between 11-1:30pm) pump x 20 minutes.

5.  Afternoon break in OR (sometime between 2-5pm) pump x 15-20 minutes.

6.  Head home and either feed the twins or pump (sometime between 5-6pm.)

7.  Feed twins last evening nursing (sometime between 7-8:30pm.)

8.  Pump  x 10-20minutes (especially if twins don't nurse really well.)

9.  Dreamfeed (sometime between 10-12pm.)

It's nice to have a schedule.  Sometimes I even get in 4 pumping sessions at work.  My supply is keeping up so that's good.  The only reasons why I pump for #2 is in case I don't get a break in the OR until 10pm so that I can get another morning session in and for #8 because they don't always eat great during the dreamfeed and it helps me from getting engorged overnight and waking up in pain.

Alright, well I'm headed home from work soon to either pump or feed the twins!!  Hopefully, I'll just be able to nurse them, which is one of my favorite things to do.  Plus, CJ is going to need a break after watching the little eagles all day!!

What fun things are you up to this weekend?  Anyone else have any crazy pumping at work stories?  I'm hoping that my next post will describe some of the logistics of actually pumping at work.


  1. Hello, my name is Lady Grey and I have just started following your blog (I'm expecting twins in May). I also just nominated you for a Liebster award on my blog :)

  2. I have a 7 month old. I wake up at 4am to pump. Then I take a break at 8am for 30 minutes to pump. Then pump again at lunch(noon) for 45 minutes. I nurse my daughter when I get home at 5, and pump for 45 minutes at 8 before I go to bed.
    I pump for longer periods of time because I go 4 hours in between pumping.
    I spend another hour in the evening getting milk defrosted for the next day and freezing what I pumped.
    Pumping is work work work! But I wouldn't change a thing.
    I can totally relate to what you do.

    Haley @