I apologize for such a long post...I have a couple of questions and I want to get all my info out there!
I'm a really active SAHM to my new LO (7 weeks) and my 10-year-old son. My LO weighed 8 lbs 7 oz at birth and is in the 95th percentile for her age, gaining weight & length rapidly from the get-go. Very good eater!
MY FIRST QUESTION:I need to know how to work pumping in on a daily basis to cover me when I'm out and about, doing things or at places where actually sitting down to nurse is too time-consuming and inconvenient (not that I don't enjoy nursing, cuz I do!) I can't exactly "schedule it in" everyday (say, first thing in the morning) because my LO doesn't wake up at the same time everyday. I'm afraid to pump at say 6 AM, then have her awaken at 6:30 and find I don't have enough to satisfy her.
Also, I have an OALD, and feeding her is sometimes a very messy, frustrating ordeal...but I've noticed that my OALD is more pronounced if it's been several hours since the last feeding. At feedings like this, she gets so frustrated with all the gulping and choking that she doesn't eat enough, and is wanting the breast again very quickly. Sometimes, she won't burp effectively before wanting to return to the breast, then will have either a tummy ache or spit up, etc. I've found that she actually eats full, comfortable meals (sucks without stopping) and is satisfied longer between feedings if she eats from a bottle instead of from my breast. I thoroughly enjoy nursing her when I know that my OALD won't be too crazy for her to eat from, and also through the night, which is great because I don't have OALD while laying in bed. I don't have time to lay in bed during the day because, as I mentioned in my first paragraph, I'm gone a lot or working at home.
MY SECOND QUESTION:Would it be "wrong" for me to feed her from a bottle, as if I were working outside of the home when I'm actually not? I know that sounds ridiculous, but something is telling me that because I'm a SAHM, I should be willing and able to nurse her and just deal with the crazy OALD, and just stay trapped at home, not going places I need to go or doing things I need to do! Let's face it, some places and activities are just not convenient for throwing a blanket over my shoulder and nursing.