I remember with B when I wanted to start storing milk for the future. At the time I was a stay-at-home mama looking for a job, and I wanted to be prepared with plenty of milk for him once I found a job. I wasn't even sure how to use the darn thing, and what all the strange looking parts were truly for. Thankfully my girlfriend Helen, nursing mama of twins, gave me a quick how-to guide.
Once I started back to work, when B was 7-months-old, I quickly realized the importance in having:
- A good milk supply (always THANKFUL for mine, which was ESPECIALLY GREAT with B)
- An efficient pump
- And, a supportive employer
Don't let this discourage you... but, no pump can empty the breast as well as a nursing child. If anything let this be an encouragement to nurse your baby as often as possible-- day or night. As a working mama, I know how frustrating it can be when you need to pump x amount of milk in order to keep up with the amount baby is eating while you're away. However, don't stress about it. Stress can affect pumping output. Check out Kelly Mom on establishing and maintaining milk supply when baby is not nursing and what to do when you're not pumping enough.
Happy Breastfeeding and Pumping Mamas!