This post has nothing to do with music, but everything to do with becoming a parent.
This week I had a visit from an old friend.
There are not many old friends guaranteed to make me cry, but this one does every time!
Medela Double Pump-Best $700 I ever spent
For those of you who don’t recognize my old friend, this is my Medela double pump (the stylish back pack version ….ideal if you are heading back to work but still want to breast feed), also known around our house as ‘the machine.’
I had feeding issues with both of my babies so this pump allowed me to feed them breast milk, despite the difficulties. Baby One worked out how to feed naturally after 10 weeks (yes, that’s about 500 hours of working at it…not such a quick study!) but Baby Two just did not get it. At all.
In fact, Baby Two was 8 months old the first time I saw her open her mouth wide (seriously), and even with solid food we had to trowel it on between months 6 and 8.
It really was most peculiar and had to be seen to be believed.
Despite this I managed, with the help of the machine, to feed Baby Two naturally until she was 7 months old.
Yes, this officially makes me a super hero.
But the story of ‘the machine’ does not end there.
Since my babies, the machine has gone on to feed a myriad of other babies whose mothers had a variety of circumstances to deal with (including twins, cleft palates, low birth weight, latching issues…) that required them to need ‘the machine.’
So here’s cheers to babies Alice, Eva, Felix, Elvie, Henry, Hannah, Josephine, Evie, Zoe and Eve and their incredible mothers, whose desire to give them the best start in life meant battling with the machine…and winning!