Thank you everyone! I really appreciate having people to sound ideas to, i can't keep bugging the midwife :)
I think I will try the shields in a few days, I guess I will not pump the feed before, then feed her with the shields, get my partner to feed her from a bottle straight away if she's still hungry and then I can pump straight away to see if my breasts were really empty or not. I find that if i'm going to try something like this it's really best if I wait for a day when I have absolutely nothing to do and no visits coming, otherwise i'm constantly looking at the clock!
Man yesterday I got such a fright. A friend had come over and by the time she had left it had been about 5 hours between pumping sessions, I sat down to pump straight away and the pump broke! It just did nothing at all! My husband had the car and wouldn't be back until 22.30, I rang the midwife and she came to lend me her hospital, but single, pump, she went off to a college class and then i saw that she hadn't bought the pieces that fit on your breast and mine wouldn't fit on her machine! I rang my father in law to come and get us and drive us to a baby shop, the avent pumps where sold out so I had to by this
Which cost 150euros. They couldn't get it to start straight away in the shop but assured me it was ok, I came home, sterilized everything and then realized it really didn't work! Rang the midwife and she bought me the rest of her pump a few hours later. In the meantime I let my DD nurse and used a hand pump. So last time I had to pump twice in the night for 40 mins on the single pump, never realized how grateful I was for my pump!! Rang the health insurance this morning and drove to the next town to pick up another one. I have seen these pumps for sale second hand so I am going to buy one to keep upstairs and when we go to the UK in August i'm going to take them both with us. Imagine if this had happened in the weekend or something! I was soooo happy to have my pump back I will never complain about it again :)
I have also ordered some mothers milk tea, hope it helps because with shipping to Belgium it was really expensive. I'm getting better at doing it hands-free, I kind of hook the horns inside my nursing bra and they stay on quite well, and I can drink/snack in the mean time. I think i'm going to try and make some kind of wrap like they put around your shoulders at the hair dressers to cover myself up. We have house guests and a few anniversary parties/weddings soon and then I can pump without running off somewhere...
Thanks so much for your continued support, I will keep you updated if I try the shields next week, good weekend!