I'm sorry I was gone for the past 2 days and unable to lend support. I'm glad to hear your back on track.
I worked 12 hour shifts and then got mandated to work another 4 hours. I was barely able to pump. There just wasn't any time. The bus full of pregnant woman stopped at our hospital and they all got off. We went from a census of 3 to 12 in two days. I was really depressed because I spent many hours helping women through their labor, delivery and then last night I took care of 12 post partum moms. Four of them were nursing mothers and it killed me to go into their rooms and help them get their baby latched when I can't get mine to latch at home. I just wanted to cry. It was even more frustrating when a mother called out (who was bottle feeding) complaining that she was leaking milk all over the place. I wish I was leaking!
Relactingmomforthelord, I just have to keep reading your encouraging words to make it easier for me to move forward. I am so happy to hear your getting 2-3 oz a day. I'm still at about 1/8 to 1/4 oz but at least I know its possible. I know I'm not pumping enough but I don't know when or what else to do.
I felt bad the other night because I was asking my coworkers to cover me telling them I had to use the restroom just so I could hand express milk for about 1-2 minutes. I don't even know if it was worth it but thats all I could do.
By the way, thanks for the advice about pumping in the car. I am definitely going to have to take advantage of that time as it takes me about 25-30 minutes to get to work. Going into work won't be bad because I work night shift, but driving home will be interesting. The road I travel is covered with truckers.
I'm trying to keep my head up but its hard when all I'm getting is drops. I wish I could take a long vacation and just spend some bonding time with my lo but my time off is already sceduled. To make matters worse I'm sceduled to be away from my lo the first week of November to attend a lactation consultant course 2 states away. I plan on having all the acquired hours and sitting for the certification test in July. I was really happy about going to the course but now I just see it as an obstacle in my relactating plans. Sorry to be so depressing that just how I feel right now. I need to see my lo that will raise my spirits. She can always bring a smile to my face no matter how bad the day. I'm call Grandma and see what she's doing.