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As a RN in the NICU, I work with lots of mothers who end up pumping for a long time when their baby is born premature. There are some neat tricks and products out there that mothers use to make this a bearable task. One is a hands-free bra that has slits in the cup to hold the pumping flanges so that your hands are free to pick up the phone, a remote control, or type on the computer while pumping. Does anyone else out there have any tricks/tips for moms who have a long term relationship with their pump? :) -- Julie, StrongMoms Facilitator
i love the hands free bra, but yeah if any other moms out there have any other trick let us know! long term pumper here!
DaMonstasMom - how is the pumping going for you? How old is your little one? :-)
ohhh the pumping is going, it was painful the first couple of weeks but we got it down now. i am on set schedule, the only thing is getting the amount up. the pump is not as good as babies mouth....
**i finally got him to latch but he only does it sometimes, so i will keep pumping!**
He is 6 weeks old!
Good job sticking with it in the first few weeks - kudos to you!! You're right - getting the supply up is the hard part but sounds like you've got a system worked out. I hope your little latches more easily for you but he's getting your milk regardless, which is great!
Good job hanging in there with the pumping and feeding. It sounds like you are doing a great job!! I love your price pic, that is adorable! :)
One thing that helped me alot was learning that you did not have to watch the pump parts after every pumping session. Once a day was enough. Just put the parts into a container and put the in the fridge.
I admire all of you long term pumpers. Pumping was hard for me because I never got enough milk out for the pump. Congrats to those of you who haven't given up!
Smathis - GREAT tip. I do that when I'm at work - I just stick all my pump parts in a bag in the fridge and wash it all at night when I get home. It really does save a lot of time and effort. Thanks for sharing that!!