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post #101 of 165

most of the time swirling strongly works, there are sometimes it does not which is hard. i can confess to couple of times where i really shook it upside down, sideways etc no avail. 

I also move containers, as combining two chilled bottles into a bigger container so i can take the bottles to work OR putting the left overs of the day into a bag to freeze (never been warmed ones) etc. It will be interesting to observe if this happens as badly after taking lecithin for a while.

 

So, I did something last night while taking a hot shower. I took a handful of epsom salt, and massaged my breast w it...not sure if it helped a lot or not, but my breast felt good and soft enough to hand express in the shower for a while. I think now the remaining mass is newer milk trying to get through and not 100% old milk....miss optimistic here :-) 

post #102 of 165
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So, I did something last night while taking a hot shower. I took a handful of epsom salt, and massaged my breast w it...not sure if it helped a lot or not, but my breast felt good and soft enough to hand express in the shower for a while. I think now the remaining mass is newer milk trying to get through and not 100% old milk....miss optimistic here :-) 

 

Hmm maybe I'll give this a shot.  Thanks for the idea, I hope it works for you!
 

 

post #103 of 165

Just chiming in, my boobs have been a huge painful mess the past couple of days too! Is it like a three-month thing or what?? (SIGH)

 

Off to drink. more. water.

 

And, just to keep on complaining, I DO NOT have time to laundry. Ahhhh!!! I am forever leaving the wet laundry in the washer and the dry clothes in the dryer, for days at a time, because I HATE folding clothes. (GIANT SIGH)

 

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post #104 of 165

aw, yes, let's all put it on the three month thing..even the unfinished laundry! 

 

I was going to take a water sample on my way to yesterday - an other co-worker stepped in to do it..now i don't need carry 10 liters of water around - my pelvic floor will be super happy.

 

ok, the problem breast is at 90% wellness state...the 10% left will need to happen soon...it is so sore though. I am starting to understand how working mamas develop a love/hate relationship w their pumps!

 

hope everyone feels better VERY soon.

post #105 of 165

So, I have had the most crazy adventures pumping while working. I'm getting used to it and finding the humor in it. I often find myself pumping in the car. One of my go-to spots is a relatively abandoned Rite Aid, but the last two times I went there there were three police cars in the parking lot and I was too scared and had to find another spot, and it is SO hard. Last week I pumped in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. Now that I have this hands-free pumping bra I am SO tempted to pull over, hook up the pump and keep on driving, then pull over again and dismantle. headscratch.gif

 

And, I thought it was hard to cover up when breast feeding in public . . . ROTFLMAO.gif

 

I got a free loaner pump from WIC and it has a play and record button. I mean its a cool idea - you record the baby crying and play it to help with let-down. But, it just goes off ALL the time. In supervision at work with my boss all of a sudden, you can hear a recording of Caroline crying. Since then, I tried just recording silence, which works, but the record button also has a mind of its own!!! And, being a social worker, there are some things that just are not cool to hear recorded. Oh My Goodness, what a trip!!

 

Otherwise, still thinking of all you all who are starting to go back to work these next few weeks. My thoughts are with you. One moment at a time, you can do it!

 

And, I am SO unmotivated to do housework. AAHHHH!!!! I NEED a housekeeper! LOL, yeah right. Maybe in a couple of years . . .

post #106 of 165

Is your pump a Hygeia Enjoye? Mine has that same feature, it's soooo lame! It always seems to go off when I'm walking around with it, at least I didn't record a cry, but the "shhhh" background noise that plays is really annoying. I actually emailed the company about it and they said they are putting an off switch on the next model. 

 

And you are amazing for pumping in your car wherever you can. I feel so blessed that I have my own office. 

 

Next week I go up to 4 full days a week. SO NOT looking forward to it! 

post #107 of 165
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So, I have had the most crazy adventures pumping while working. I'm getting used to it and finding the humor in it. I often find myself pumping in the car. One of my go-to spots is a relatively abandoned Rite Aid, but the last two times I went there there were three police cars in the parking lot and I was too scared and had to find another spot, and it is SO hard. Last week I pumped in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. Now that I have this hands-free pumping bra I am SO tempted to pull over, hook up the pump and keep on driving, then pull over again and dismantle. headscratch.gif

 

 

During our last LLL meeting they told me about a lady who used a manual pump with one hand while commuting up and down this one horrid mountain road we have...wow! Not that I am saying you should pump while driving! But apparently it has been done before. Now to be that officer who pulls over a mama who is pumping haha!

you are one amazing mama for getting all this pumping done while driving around!

 

Aw Cat13, I hope the 4 days a week would be less of an adjustment than starting work!

 

I just extended my work 3 days a week  schedule until the end of January (yay!) but than DH told me he cannot extend his schedule since he needs to put in to higher gear to get things done (not so yay!)...he is right, but I was SO happy to think that this would give us one more month (that is not in the midst of holidays) to find a daycare situation. trying not to get upset over this since the more he works the less we are stuck in this situation.

 

Who are starting work this week? How is everyone doing?

post #108 of 165

I was supposed to have meetings all morning but 3 sick kids so instead here I sit. I am a little worried about my whole work situation. My boss has been the director for many years, she is stepping down in Jan, her replacement is unknown. Ideally they will move a current employee into her position but the main director is requiring an official job posting, blah blah, so we have no idea who is going to end up being the boss of our dept. I've been working there running my own program for 2 years now and my boss largely allows me to do my own thing. I come in when I want, I work when I want from home, she doesn't care as long as the work gets done. I oversee my 4 employees who work like I do, around their kid's schedules. I'm hoping that doesn't change because that is the only way this job is worth it. I don't make anything working in public health. I take baby with me most of the time and will until they are older. It is what I did with my last baby and then I had him brought to me for nursing breaks when he stopped taking bottles. I just want it to continue this way! I work the least I can with a baby and then increase my hours as they get older, my old/current boss knows my history, new boss won't if they hire outside the office. Sigh. I like my job but I have to have flexibility with 4 kids and a DH who travels often. 

post #109 of 165

peony, if they hire outside the office would that mean there will be an official interview? if so will you guys meet the candidates? that would be a great time to tell the potential person how your office works effectively eventhough everyone have kids etc. and list some stats or accomplishments.

post #110 of 165

I think...I think I'm ready to go back to work on Saturdays.  Gulp.  Maybe every other?  I have to talk to DH, see if he's up for it, see if it's really worth it.  But I think I'm ready.  

post #111 of 165

elove, I hope your new schedule works out well for you, good luck!

 

Peony, crossing my fingers that the new person is understanding of your situation. It sounds like there are at least 5 of you who have flexible schedules, so hopefully you'll have strength in numbers.

 

Carrie, what made you change your mind? I only ask bc I remember you being so happy when you decided to be a full time SAHM. :) But I do understand that it's nice to have something non-kid that is all your own. Good luck on your decision!

post #112 of 165
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Carrie, what made you change your mind? I only ask bc I remember you being so happy when you decided to be a full time SAHM. :) But I do understand that it's nice to have something non-kid that is all your own. Good luck on your decision!


I honestly don't know!  I think it's the allure of having quiet time to myself.  Kind of like a few hours off.  Isn't that funny I think of work as time off?  lol.gif  I asked DH and he's not thrilled with the idea so idk if it'll happen.  We'll see.

post #113 of 165

Carrie - Good for you!! I bet it could work really well for you guys!

 

I just wanted to pop back in and say how freakin' excited I am for Thanksgiving!!! In my current job I'll get Thurs, Fri, Sat AND Sun off!!!! Oh My God! I bet its gonna be SO hard to bring Caroline back to childcare and go back to work again. Mondays are already SO traumatic for me. But, who cares, right? Four days off in a row to spend with Pumpkin and other family. AAAhhhh!!! I am SO excited! joy.gifI mean, I am so excited about time off I'm confusing it with holiday/Christmas spirit, LOL. I'm starting to think I love the holidays!

 

Anybody else?

 

 

post #114 of 165
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I know I haven't posted in a long time...it's cause I went back to work this week and the week before I was traumatized with the supply issue. I just wanted to pop in (before I have to start writing report cards for kids I hardly know) and say thanks for all the support and ideas for boosting my supply. We tried fenugreek, double pumping after every feeding, oatmeal, and lots of boobie time, and my milk is doing MUCH better. Plus, I am at a different part of my cycle probably. We've also decided I'm going to start waking up at 2:30am to pump and go back to sleep. Last night at 3am I woke up (after passing out on the couch for 5 hours) so I decided to pump: almost 6 oz!!! For me, that's awesome. So thanks again for the support.

This week was helluva hard on all three of us (DH is a stay-at-home papa now). DD decided by midweek that if I wasn't going to be there during the day she wasn't going to go to bed until she couldn't stay awake anymore (midnight). Another night she woke up at 3am and stayed awake for almost 2 1/2 hours. I was simply exhausted to tears while teaching, but the hardest part was seeing how sad little girl was when I got home. But we made it through our first week, and now it's Saturday and we've been snuggling hard core all day.

Ok...time for report cards. SERIOUSLY?! Oh well, i guess it takes the pressure off. I'll just write: "looking forward to getting to know your child" or something. oof...
post #115 of 165

I've been thinking of you Tear, glad to hear your doing okay!

My supply seemed to tank when I went back to work for the first couple of weeks. And it still does every couple of weeks if I am not vigilant with pumping regularly and eating enough! I swear I need to eat non-stop to keep making enough milk!

And report cards for students you don't know yet, GOOD LUCK with that!

Glad your LO can stay with Daddy though! Hope you have short days! :D

post #116 of 165

ooh Tear - 6 oz sounds wonderful! I hope it keeps flowing for you mama!

 

KatieMae, I know what you mean w  the holidays...I cannot wait to use my pump soo very little! So, i work tues/thurd/fridays....that means between today and tuesday after thaxgivin I only work on tuesday!! aaaaahhh music to my earsjoy.gif esp after the week i had w pumping issues..

 

i just emailed a breastfeeding support person since my extra pumping on friday ripped both of my nips really bad like scratch marks on my areola bad.....sigh..now wondering if i need a different size flanges. my nips has not been this raw since the first 2-3 weeks of breastfeeding. I hope she responses back quick and positively to tske a look at my pump.

 

we are aslo starting to advertise/interview nanny options for januarycold.gif

post #117 of 165
elove, OUCH! I hope you got the pump issue resolved. katiemaee, thanks for the words of support. I also feel like I should eat lots to help with supply, and it's not helping with the baby weight. ugh... But I guess supply is more important, right? **walks away to get another piece of Christmas stollen**

I'm already feeling a little sad about Monday. Can you tell I'm procrastinating with those report cards? I've posted more today than I've had time to do in the last few weeks: yeah...that's my "work time" I've carved out. argh!!! Must...concentrate...
post #118 of 165

Thank Tear, the issue is resolved by not using the pump as much while home for Thanksgiving...and I am thankful! The scratches are gone and so far no clogged ducts!

 

I hear on the "work time"...I have this paper thingy that I am working on with someone else. I absolutely adore her and she has 2 grown up kids. But she must have forgotten how it is to have a new baby. She keeps calling, emailing expecting me to sit down and resolve issues that come up within the next couple of hours...sigh not-possible-when-the-baby-is-crying.....I have been telling her here and there that once the baby is up, I cannot work etc to no avail. Hopefully with tonights work, I will have some time to breathe on this -  it is not what I am paid to do but still is good for me.

 

hopefully the report cards can be done faster than you envisioned and you will have a little more you time!

 

How is everyone else doing going back after the thanksgiving break? 

post #119 of 165
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ugh--feeling complainy today.  I just received an email from my college stating that I would not be admitted into the online coursework for the nursing program I am reentering.  They claimed that they are already filled to capacity.  Which means I have to take classes on campus if I want to reenter the program.  That's way more time away from baby than I had hoped.

 

Thinking of bagging the program, but the question remains--now what?!

post #120 of 165
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ugh--feeling complainy today.  I just received an email from my college stating that I would not be admitted into the online coursework for the nursing program I am reentering.  They claimed that they are already filled to capacity.  Which means I have to take classes on campus if I want to reenter the program.  That's way more time away from baby than I had hoped.

 

Thinking of bagging the program, but the question remains--now what?!

Have you looked into any other online programs?  That might be an option.  If you decide to bag it that now what is where I am.  I decided that I needed to quite my job and am doing so at the end of January.  Yeah, but now am in the process of figuring out what I would like to do.  Being a SAHM is something I love, but if I could do something to make a little bit of money that would be nice.  I am thinking about starting a blog and an Etsy shop.  I would love to make my crafting hobby into an actual *job*.  What were you thinking long term?  Was nursing something you really wanted to do or something that seemed/seems like a good idea?
 

 

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