Stress & Pump do not mix
Right now, I am under a lot of stress. A lot. I am normally under a good deal of stress, but I am currently under so much more. Work, kids, partner's work, house, diapers, etc. You know how it is.
I finally found some time to pump the other day at the office. I hooked up, and .... nothing. Dribble here, dribble there. Minutes felt like hours. The time passed. I thought I felt let down, but there was no surge in volume. I kept imagining let down, but I just could not get flowing. In a panic, I called my husband. "Why don't you just take a break?" WHAT? A break? I don't have time for a break! sigh.
Pumping breastmilk as a working mama is not easy. Pumping is even harder when the stress kicks in and depletes your milk production stamina. Please: can you share your tips and tricks for calming down, finding a nice calm mental place so you can make some milk for babe? Do you gaze at a photo of babe? Do you close your eyes and think of her? Or, just close your eyes and visualize a tranquil beach and hear the sound of a whooshing ocean?