Every Wednesday, I get get a weekly newsletter from the US Breastfeeding Committee. It outlines what the committee is doing to promote breastfeeding around the country, highlights any legislation or studies or new initiatives, and has links to good breastfeeding articles in the blogosphere. It's where I learned about the Mother's Milk Coop.
I had this fantastic vision of a future me; super mom!, tandem nursing, AND donating milk! My milk supply was always good. Sometimes, too good. Every one of my nurslings have fussed at me during my intense letdowns. Donating milk should be easy! I could nurse Chloe on demand, Desmond on demand, and have plenty of milk to donate too.
It didn't happen that way.
Pumping was like a very neglected fourth child. In order for me to get the output I wanted, I needed to nurture and care for my pumping schedule. Schedules don't normally exist around here. We wake up when we open our eyes, and sleep when they close. We go to the playground midday Tuesday. My husband or I will work on Saturdays. Or Fridays. Thursday can be a pool day. We go with the flow. Mornings slowly turn into afternoons and then into night. Trying to follow a schedule was particularly difficult since the scheduled task could be interrupted so easily. A Pilates class, for example, is an easy schedule to keep because I must leave the house. Nurslings don't "wait" very well. They don't happily stand by while some noisy machine occupies the boobs. If I'm available - if they can see me, I'm available - then they can have milk at any time. They usually wanted to have milk right when I needed to pump. Figures.