My 5 month old baby is breastfed. So since I work, I pump twice a day. Both of these times are during my 8 – 5 work shift. I use 30 minutes of my hour lunch break to pump and then I take a 20 to 30 minute break in the afternoons to pump. During lunch, I usually pump 20 minutes. In the afternoon, I usually pump for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how busy I am and what time I am actually able to break away from my desk. I usually talk to my husband on the phone or look on Facebook or Pinterest on my phone while I pump. But today, I decided to do something a little different and much healthier during pumping sessions. I decided to add a little Yoga and stretching while I pumped. I sit alllllll day long, except for the few times I get up for lunch and pump breaks, and bathroom and drink breaks, or to take files to another department. Then, when I go home, after getting supper fixed for my family, I sit more to nurse my baby, and study with my (2) school aged boys. Then, after I get them in bed, I sit some more to do my studying or homework. My thighs hurt often through out the day at work from sitting and by the time I crawl into bed I have cankles. You know, when your calves meet your ankles and you cannot tell where one part ends and the other part begins.
I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump and I love it!! I use a hands free pumping bra with this. I breastfed all (3) of my boys. My first for 6 months, my second for 4 months, and my now 5 month old, still going strong. I used a single electric pump with the older two. This go around, I feel like a pro!! Not only at pumping, but at breastfeeding all together. I’m a multi-tasker! So having a double pump and being hands free has given me so much freedom while I pump! So, today during my lunch pump, I tried a few different stretches, such as neck rolls and just moving my legs a lot, like kicks. You still have to be very careful not to do a stretch or pose that may unhook something and or spill baby’s liquid gold. During my afternoon pump, I tried a few Yoga poses such as Warrior, Mountain, and Tree. Let me tell you, I felt tightness and stress immediately relieve, and I do believe during my afternoon pump, I may have pumped and extra ounce.
I am going to continue to Yoga while I pump with yoga poses and stretches that are easy to do while hooked up to a breast pump. Just an FYI, I am not any where close to being a doctor or professional of any type in the medical field. I am just sharing what I am trying and what I find helps me get through my pumping sessions in a healthy way. This may not be for every pumping Mama.
What do you do while you pump? Read, exercise, or just relax and enjoy the quiet “mommy” time? I’d love to hear from you!!