Feeding, Quality Time, Single Mother, Uncategorized, Working Mother

The Saga of the Pump

I just had to purchase a new breast pump because my old one (Spectra C) gave out on me without warning. It pumped well enough earlier in the day, but when I went to pump that night, it would not turn on! I had just put her to bed, and she was sleeping soundly, so I couldn’t get her back up to run to the store for a new one. I looked at several apps to see if I could find one allowing me to pay to have someone pick up my order from Target (truly speaking to my level of desperation), but ordering online at that time of night didn’t allow “same day” pick up anyway. Either I woke her up to go to the store or it would have to wait until morning.

Thankfully, I had the foresight when I was pregnant and on a nervous buying frenzy to purchase a manual silicone pump. After watching several YouTube how-to videos, I won’t say it could take the place of my electric pump, but it did help to relieve some of the pressure and aide in my ability to feed her throughout the night.

Yes, she is still waking twice each night to feed. I have not had the inclination to wean her of that despite the many articles and posts I have read stating I should, and giving the how-to’s to go about doing it. Honestly, as tiring as it is, I enjoy the time and feel when she is ready, she will likely wean herself.

But I digress. I was able to run into the store the following morning and purchase the Evenflo double breast pump. Suction wise, so far so good. It doesn’t have a timer or a light, but I do like that it has the option of being battery operated which actually allowed me one morning to finish getting ready while I pumped 🙂 That functionality turned out to be great because, as we are most mornings, we were running late.

I honestly knew it was only a matter of time before my pump gave out on me. I actually had a thought just a few days before about whether or not it would actually last a full year. I read that, in the U.S., women are less likely to breastfeed for a year, as recommended, due to work, and other obligations. But is that the only reason? My pump only lasted 9 months, and I have had to replace the other parts at least 4 or 5 times.

I was able to get my replacement pump for a reasonable price because it was on sale, but normally, decent pumps start at around $200 if insurance won’t cover another one free of charge. I wondered if some women stop pumping, or breastfeeding, early due to the cost to continue following the loss of their original pump. A thought for another day I suppose…

I was happy I was able to get back to pumping without too much time lost. Honestly, there are some days I am so tired of having to pump I could scream. But then I remember that it is the best thing for her, so I gather my resolve and sit to pump another session.

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