Today, 01:23 AM
I agree with mommal.
Breastfeeding does get easier. But pumping every three hours will pretty much be just as hard on day 100 as it was on day one! This is why rigid pumping schedules like this often do not work. They drive moms crazy so it is unsustainable.
WHY are you being told to pump every three hours? That is NINE times a 24 hour day. That is more than many moms who are exclusively pumping-no nursing- would be pumping!
Also, there is no need to pump every such & such hours. This makes something that is already hard basically impossible. Say a moms goal is to pump 8 times a day (just as a for instance.) Such a mom could pump like this on Monday: 8 am, 10 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 8:30 pm, 10 pm & 4 am. This would give her time to sleep on either side of the one overnight pump. Of course on Tuesday, she could pump at entirely different times, just keeping in mind her goal of trying for 8 times. Babies do not nurse on set schedules, so there is no need to pump on them either. If on Tuesday she can only pump 6 times, that is not the end of the world. She just resets her goal and tries again for 8 on Wed.
I have no idea how often you actually 'need" to pump. But if you could set your own flexible schedule, would that make it more doable for you?
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