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PostHeaderIcon A thin line between pump and hate

If you had not realized this from previous entries, I am nursing my twins. At four and a half months they have had nothing but breast milk. Well, there was that one bottle of formula that Elan got in the hospital but I won’t get started on that one. In the earlier days of nursing, I was feeding them so often around the clock never had a moment to think about pumping, storing or otherwise. The only time my fancy Medela pump came out was when I felt engorged or particularly enterprising for about three minutes.

Since they turned two months, my husband and I have made a point of giving the twins a bottle at “bed time.” For the first month this was a time we desired them to go to bed for the night, but rarely did it really happen. Nonetheless, we kept up the routine and it is finally paying off. The down side; I need to pump several times after they go to sleep and throughout the day to get that nice full bottle that these fast growing babies now need to sleep well. If you are wondering, it seems the sweet spot it about 7.5 to 8 ounces. If I choose to hit the road with the boys, I take that precious bottle of liquid gold and feel pain and guilt as I feed it to them. It’s tough work to pump. Yes, that blasted thing travels with me and I plug it in to car or outlet wherever I am, but I still fret. Will there be enough for nice full bottles tonight? Will they sleep? Will I sleep? Will that guy in the parking lot stop staring at me and wondering what is going on beneath this big nursing cover?