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  1. Kelly
    December 22, 2015

    Check the settings on your pump and make sure you are using the right size. It should not make you sore. Actually, pumping was always recommended to use as a break if your nipples were sore. It should be a lot easier on them than actual nursing.

  2. Jameil
    December 22, 2015

    WSS. + With the pump, start at a lower speed also so your boobs can figure out it’s not a baby but still okay. You also want whoever is doing bottles in the future to use paced feeding so she has to work at it like the breast and takes smaller bottles more frequently. The awesome thing about breastmilk is that when you guys are reunited, your bodies communicate and your milk is reformulated to meet her current needs. So you don’t need larger and larger bottles like with formula. Four oz. is the max bottle size for most breastfed babies during a spurt. Congratulations on making it through the first week back! You’re doing a great job!

    • Kelly
      December 23, 2015

      Yes! My bf baby started out with 3 oz max and ended up at 1 year and 23lbs with 4 oz max. So cool!

  3. Errign
    December 22, 2015

    Chiming in on the pump! You shouldn’t be sore. You may have the wrong Size flanges or you have suction turned up too high.

  4. Jess
    December 23, 2015

    Pumping regularly isn’t much fun. But here is something to put it in perspective I was talking to one of my older coworkers who has children in college. She told me when she tried to pump at work her boss made her use the bathroom and tried to get to only pump once a day. She fought to have a better pumping location and regular breaks. I’m grateful to her and many other women who also fought for these rights.

    Although I don’t really enjoy something that I do appreciate having a bit of time for myself to sit down and relax since I rarely have them as a working mom!

  5. Dannie
    December 23, 2015

    “I was worried she would instantly forget me.” It’s funny that you say that, because truthfully that’s exactly what she did! At this stage babies don’t have object permanence – when something is out of their sight, they completely forget that it ever existed. Out of sight, out of mind. So when you think of it that way, this is actually the best time to start leaving a baby – she doesn’t miss you and doesn’t feel seperation anxiety. Of course she’ll recognize you when you come back, but when you’re gone, she’s totally fine and won’t be upset. So that’s a good way of looking at it if you feel anxiety about leaving her. The only one upset by it is you 😉

  6. Biz
    December 23, 2015

    I haven’t stopped by in ages, but you may remember me?!

    I went to work just six weeks after my daughter Hannah was born. She’s now almost 24 and she’d the most independent person I know because I raised her that way. I was a single Mom from the get go, so I raised her to ask for everything herself because I knew at one point or another I wouldn’t always be with her.

    I’ll never remember at age 2 1/2 we were at Whole Foods and she needed to use the bathroom. I told her to go ask the produce guy where the bathroom was. She asked him where it was and the guy looked at me and said “it’s down aisle 3 at the back of the store.” I looked at him and said “did I ask you where it was? No – she did, so tell her!”

    She’ll be just fine having a working Momma. 😀
    Biz recently posted..Treat Yo Self

  7. Dannie
    December 26, 2015

    Just wanted to make sure you saw my previous comment? It seems like it’s still waiting for moderation?

  8. Katie D.
    December 28, 2015

    I agree, pumping shouldn’t hurt! I had to go up a size in flanges once I started pumping at work. Not only was I not sore, I got more milk in less time (yay!!!).

  9. Colleen
    September 20, 2016

    Hiya – thanks so much for the post. Just curious – all these months later are you still a fan of the Dairy Fairy Bra? I’m gearing up for kiddo #2 and trying to decide if I want to try the dairy fairy or if I want to go back to my trusty rumina pumping/nursing tank. Is the Rose easy to nurse in? I’m confused how it would work given the top doesn’t snap down.

    Thanks!

    Colleen

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