Good gracious my brain is not connected.
I forgot my flanges.
As a pumper, this is a BAD thing....as in normal pumping produces 3 - 4 oz per day (that's 2 pumping sessions). Today, less than 1.
Hand pumping is terribly difficult for me. Some moms are great at it, but I have never quite gotten the knack. There are very informative videos on-line and descriptions in books, but I just suck.
Here are my worries:
#1. Not pumping + not sleeping (another blog) could = clogged duct
#2. Not pumping will reduce my supply....that is terribly low anyway.
#3. That is will enjoy the freedom while I drive home and not want to pump tomorrow...even when I have all of the necessary parts.
#3 brings up a good discussion....one I don't know the answer to. When do I loose that pumping session? LO is 18 months old, is eating great and still nurses 3-4 times a day plus drinks 2 sippy cups of breastmilk (1.5 oz each) and rice milk (3 oz each). So if I drop the pumping session, how much milk will I loose?...probably an ounce...maybe more. Something to think about, although....what else am I doing while driving? Pumping and driving is a great use of time.
I shall continue to contemplate loosing another pumping session...the freedom is a good incentive.
So you ask "What are you doing to insure you don't forget the flanges tomorrow?"
#1. Getting the pump bag ready in its entirety tonight.
#2. Getting more sleep (please LO????).
Wish me luck!