Have you ever watched the show “My Strange Addiction“? It features people with crazy addictions like eating chalk, drinking nail polish, and eating clay pots. Weird, right? I am fascinated by people with addictions, this is why I would sit and watch hours of “Intervention“. Love that show! I used to be addicted to the tanning beds, going everyday on my break at Winn-Dixi. Sometimes going twice a day. This continued until we moved to California and oddly enough, there aren’t tanning salons on every block! There are only a few and I am not paying $100 for a month of unlimited. I draw the line at $40 unlimited, that and it is terrible for you. Anyway, I think I now have a strange addiction. It is something I never thought I would do, much less be addicted to. I might be addicted to pumping! Since going back to work, I pump 5-6 times a day on top of nursing. This is to much. I have plenty of milk in the freezer I can use and should. My problem is that it is part of my routine. I wake up to pump and eat breakfast. At night a read my blogs and pump. Time is blocked off on my work calendar to pump. Why can’t I be like this with the gym?
Another sign of addiction is the number of pumps I have. I have 2 double electric (one of work and one for home), 1 single manual, and 1 single electric. They have all come in handy. It is really helpful to have one I can leave at work since I already have a lot of stuff to carry back and forth. This is one less thing to worry about. Luckily, a friend let me borrow one. The manual hand pump was great in the beginning when I need to relieve some pressure at night. The single electric is great because it is portable. I take it with me if we are going to be out all day. Looking back I would have only bought the electric single pump out of the two singles. I have the SimplyGo™ Single Electric Breast Pump.
This week I have changed my routine and only pump once at work. I will try this for a few weeks to see how it goes.
For moms that pump and work, what is your schedule? How many times do you nurse/pump a day?