Ok, so here is my story and my questions. I am mom of a soon to be 7 year old. When I had him, I had an emergency c-section after 26 hours of labor. When I woke up, and they brought my DS in for his first feeding, I was really still groggy and out of it. The nurse started yelling at me for hurting my baby because my breasts are large, and I didn't make an air pocket for him. I freaked out about hurting my new baby, and pretty gave up on trying to nurse him. Well, after years of trying to add to our family, I am currently expecting DS #2. I am having a scheduled c-section for his birth, so I really feel that I will have a better idea on what to expect, as well as being a more confident second time mother. I really really want to try and nurse this baby. I will be returning to work after 6-8 weeks of maternity leave because I am the primary breadwinner for our family, and we can't afford for me to stay home, so I will be needing to pump, and build up a supply for when I am at work. So, my questions are this:
1. What kind of pump (brand, type, etc) would you recommend that I purchase? 2. How early before returning to work should I start pumping, and how much should I be pumping for a 9 hour stretch away from baby? 3. How long can I store the pumped milk in the refridgerator and freezer? 4. Do you have any other tips or advice for a first time nursing mom?
Thank you so much for all of your help!! I am really trying to do my homework so that I am prepared before the birth and returning to work.