I love breastfeeding. I love the bonding time I get to spend with Ella, I love that I can give her body the nourishment that it needs, and I love the way she looks up at me with her beautiful blue eyes. I have been blessed that breastfeeding has been a really good experience thus far. She latched and nursed well from within the first hour of birth, and--as far as I can tell--things continue to go well.
But I hate pumping. It hurts, it seems so unnatural to be hooked up to a machine, and I always end up feeling like a cow. Not to mention, it always sounds like the motor of the pump is telling me to "wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up". Ella is a very efficient eater, and I never seem to have that much milk leftover, so it often feels like a futile attempt to pump after nursing (it seems like I'm averaging 1.5 ounces each time). But I want to build up my supply--both internally and externally. Perhaps it might be better if we rented one of the higher-quality pumps from the hospital, but for now, I think I'm just going to grin and bear it (and by "grin", I really mean "grimace through the pain but know that it's worth it").
Any thoughts or recommendations on how I can make pumping a more enjoyable experience? Also, I'd be curious to hear about anyone's "system" for pumping, storing, freezing, bottling, etc. I know that there are plenty of "how-to guidelines" online, but it's kind of nice to hear it from women who I trust.
Today's blessing was having my husband stay home with me. He woke up with a bit of a headache, so decided to just stay home. I've noticed that he's been more and more willing to skip out on work ever since Ella arrived, whereas he was previously so diligent about building up his vacation time and not taking a day off for himself. It was really nice to have him home with me and Ella--he really is so wonderful with her!