cakemama - everything happens for a reason, don't feel guilty one bit - enjoy every moment of it!
Cat, I think adding a session was really smart, even if it is a short one to get your volume up again. One other trick that I used lately is towards the end of a pumping session, I switch the setting back to the initial quick phase, and more often than not, this results in a second let down.
I wear the pumping bra (I think the one I have is from the LLL webpage) - so I will check out that amazon link to get another one!
nettles - way to go! working from home rocks! 16oz sounds a little on the higher end of the scale. Sofie eats 11-13oz a day w the bottle. I actually have not thought about keeping the milk in the bottles, I keep them in storage in the fridge to be poured into bottles - neat trick I may need to try it.
there is a "bottle feeding a breastfed baby" info on kelly mom...little tricks on feeding the nursing baby w a bottle. I printed those out and posted it so DH and babysitter can read it any time they need a reminder. I am away for 8 hrs a day (plus some commuting time), I get regularly 10oz from 3 pumpings at work. And I pump before I leave for the day at home (usually get around 5oz from this), if she wants to, we nurse after I pump.
now that she is waking up at 6.30am our schedule is a little tougher. Although, with the sitter coming in at 8.15am it gives us a little quality time before I need to leave for work.
this month, I still have mondays and fridays off, next month I start going in on mondays and after that I will fight to keep my fridays off (our institute has everyother friday off so it is an easier day to manage)..No one is bothering me about the days I do not come in, it is just that the pile of work on my plate is getting to be too much to keep up with 3 days of work only. DH is still a grad student so we need to keep me working.
I love my work - but I do not want to be there right now. Something HAS to be done with maternity leaves! anyway, i wont get into that rant - I can go on for ever on it.
Just want to say THANK YOU! to all of you for sweet messages last week, I read while I was pumping and It meant A LOT. I know there are mama's who had to leave their babes w sitters much sooner than I did - it is just hard.
sending you all big hugs.