Lately work has been kicking my ass, and I think my boobs are starting to notice.
Sticking to my pumping schedule has enabled me to keep up my supply, but when things get hectic, my schedule falls apart. Instead of pumping every 3-4 hours, I start going 5-6 hours between pumping sessions. I’m not even sure how it happens half the time. I’ll be at my desk and I’ll think to myself, ok, I need to pump in about 30 minutes. Next thing I know, an hour has gone by and I’m in the middle of some SuperImportantMustGetDoneNOW project and then suddenly it’s not just an hour, now it’s a couple hours and crap, I did it again.
The first few days this happened I figured were the exception to the rule. I went back to my normal pumping schedule, and sure enough, my supply stayed the same.
But then I would slip up again. And again. And I realized that I wasn’t producing as much as I was before. How much less are we talking? I used to pump 14-16 ounces while I was at work (two pumping sessions). Today I only managed 12 ounces. By some standards, that’s still a lot, but a two ounce reduction? Not cool. Not cool at all.
I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to improve my time management. I came up with a few ideas:
- Bribe myself with chocolate. Hey, if Pavlov can do it, why can’t I?
- Set an Outlook reminder so I can ignore it along with all the rest of my Outlook reminders.
- Hire a masseuse for my pump cave. I can expense that, right?
- Win the lottery. That won’t exactly make me pump more often, but I won’t have to work, which should free up about 45 hours a week.
Or, just admit I gotta kick my own butt into gear and make pumping a priority. I think maybe I’ll add some new pictures of Levi to my photo wall next week. I’m doing this for him, after all - maybe a little extra reminder will help me carve out time to bond with my breast pump.