What strategies do you have for pumping while watching the little one? I've made it six months so far. Currently I put her in a Bumbo or bouncy seat and we read lots of books or play with toys, but I'm nervous for when Baby goes mobile.
I'm new here and I'm encouraged by reading your posts, long-time and new EP'ers. EP is hard work as you all know. I realize it's a choice to pump, even if little one was a sick NICU baby and didn't have a choice about breastfeeding. I'm feeling a little weary of it lately but still want to keep going. I'm the only EP mom in my social circle and I've bit my tongue when I've heard complaining from BF moms, who vent about always having the kid at the breast. I realize they, too, can have frustrations, but, honestly, I could have screamed. Instead, I encouraged the moms, which had a better outcome, I'm sure. But, for the record: Aaaaah! They complain about it while whipping out the breast for a feeding and, meanwhile, I have to part ways because I have to go home and pump.
Also, my daughter has recently started rooting at my chest, which confuses me since she never took on to BF after a 24 day NICU stay (oral trauma from respirator and frustration from oral medications continued at home.) She only does it to me (i.e. not other care givers) before bottle feeding. Has anyone ever seen that behavior before from a baby that gets EP milk?