I've been home for a month with my 28 week preemie who is now 5 weeks old corrected age. He spent 96 days in the NICU (but who's counting?). We're trying to work on breastfeeding but it's slow. I think he thinks of me as a warm, comforting pacifier. So, I'm continuing to pump. When he was in the hospital I was diligent about pumping 10 times a day and as a result my milk supply is good (we had to buy a freezer for the garage). I'm only pumping about 8 times a day now that he's home.
My problem is juggling pumping, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding not to mention finding time to wash all the associated paraphernalia, eat, nap, breathe... I don't have enough hands. My little angel insists on being held all the time. He doesn't like to be put down even to sleep. So, I try to put him in his bouncy chair so I can pump but if I don't time it right he starts crying and I have to stop in order to tend to him. All this makes me frustrated because I have to pump if I'm to keep up my milk supply but I feel as though he won't let me and then I get angry at him even though he's innocent and it's a vicious cycle...
I need advice, but even better I thank you for "listening" and giving me the opportunity to vent and perhaps find a kindred spirit or two who survived this challenge.