Monday, November 29, 2010


When I said that I had had it with breastfeeding, I didn't actually stop feeding baby E my milk. I just started exclusively pumping. Despite this last mastitis attack, I am sooooooooo much happier doing this. The mastitis has nothing to do with the pumping as the previous two occurrences happened while I was nursing. Anyway.

I got some great suggestions from the blogosphere to invest in a handsfree pumping bra. So off I went researching what was out there and finally decided on the Pump Ease brand shown below.

Besides feeling a bit Madonna like with objects protruding from my breasts...

this is now my absolute favorite pumping accessory! And yes, I got it in the red polka dot version for a little cheer.

The only thing I'm really struggling with in exclusively pumping is how to handle it while I'm out and about. For now I've been pumping immediately before I leave and planning to get home within a reasonable time. I carry a hand-pump with me for an emergency but I've yet to use it. Mainly I'm still hesitating because it's not like I can just hook up the paraphernalia and throw a breast cover or blanket over me. The fact that I live in Alaska and it's already winter here kicks out my SUV as an option. So. . . I'm not so sure about that aspect. 

If you are looking for information about exclusively pumping, I found some good info at these websites:

I hope all is well out in bloggy land!!!



  1. OH NO!!! BABY-ROT BRAIN HAS SET IN; GET THAT THING OFF YOUR CHEST!! I am terrified by that photo. More terrified than I am by the Madonna photo. I might need to sit in the corner and try to slow my breathing now.

    But on the other hand, whatever works for you.

  2. hah! My husband kept saying he wanted to invent something like that! I'm going to have to get me one of those!

  3. The hands free pumping bra is AWESOME in every sense of the word! Aren't you glad you got one!

    Mine isn't so cute though. The red polka-dot was a contender, but I went with a pink one that had shoulder straps and like 200 ways to adjust it so that the fit was correct.

    I think that when you have the red polka dot hands free pumping bra you should absolutely rock out while pumping!

  4. Hooking up the paraphernalia and throwing a cover over is exactly what I did!!! I did always pump in the car though - even though it's cold, you can leave the car running. Our boys didn't mind sitting in their seats either.

    If C was with me, I did it while we were driving or he took the boys and I stayed in the car to pump while he pushed them around in the stroller.

    You'll figure something out!

  5. I have seen those, and laughed, but at the same time, they seem like a great invention, if rather amusing in appearance. They make me think of the milking machines for cows, but really, that's what we are when we breastfeed!

  6. So glad the pumping is working well for you. Wish I could figure out a routine to pump as breastfeeding is still a struggle. Very cute red polka dot bra! I have a plain old boring white one. My SIL told me she pumped while driving to/from work - she just wore a large shirt to cover it up.

  7. I did exclusive pumping for a while (7 or 8 weeks), and it was fine for a while, but then I got tired of it. The bra was a huge benefit, but it still meant a lot of time away from my babies. One thing I did was pump while we drove somewhere (husband did the driving while I was in the passenger seat), and covered myself with a blanket. I liked that a lot because I was doing something during time when I had nothing better to do anyway. When I wasn't out with my husband to drive me around, then I pretty much limited my outings unless I was going to a friend or family member's home.

  8. GOOD FOR YOU! I am exclusively nursing but recently left Blakely for the first time so I could shop all day and had no problem finding a plug in at the PANERA we ate ate, slapped the cord over the stall and pumped away!