Great tips everyone!
I do have a pumping station set up and keep baby next to me. I think I need a cute basket to put all my supplies in- stuff like that motivates me. Why i don't know, but I like to see things arranged nicely. I cant hold my lil guy because he grabs the tubing lol and even pulled it out.
I got an activity mat that keeps him distracted even if he's hungry.
I tried the hands free rubberband thing and it works only if the rubberband is pulled pretty tight. For some reason the shield on the right side feels loose sometimes and sometimes leaks. Sometimes fiddling around with hands-free bras, etc annoys me and I'd rather just hold the pumps with one hand. I also massage before and during pumping. The lactation counselor told me to press the letdown button during pumping (not sure after how much time, on Medela symphony) so I press that halfway through and it does increase my output.
I need to make 25 oz for feeding my son and I'm at 15 so it seems doable. How many weeks/days would I have to pump every 2 hours? I'm going to do my best and stop stressing so much about it. I've come a long way- in the beginning I had only half an ounce at a time for a total of 2-3 oz a day. Then I went up to 5-6 oz, then 10 oz, then 15. So its progress and way better than nothing. I admire all of you, pumping is pure dedication!
Montanamom, I will PM you about cleft surgery, recovery, etc. I love his little cleft lip and kiss it all the time. I hope recovery won't take away from my pumping time and not sure if I should try the around the clock thing now or wait till after the surgery which is just a couple weeks away.