I remember when I was pregnant I read a lot of lists of “must haves” for baby’s first year, but there was one item no one really told me I needed: the DVR. Now bear with me here, I’m not saying that the baby needs the DVR because I’ve read the studies about babies and television and am trying to limit his screen time, but his mother on the other hand…
I’m not breastfeeding my son in the technical sense, but I pump and the bottle feeds — and there’s no time that this arrangement is harder to swallow than when I’m completely exhausted in the middle of the night, which is where the DVR comes in.
There are nights where the baby wakes up to eat and I spend the entire time he’s drinking a bottle trying to come up with excuses to skip the pumping session. These excuses are almost never good ones, but I’m usually pretty tired and easily persuaded by myself. A few times I have convinced myself to wait until the next feeding and have painfully regretted it several hours later.
The best incentive I’ve found to force myself to pump is the DVR. Since I don’t want to watch TV all day while the baby is up, I record my favorite shows and save them for when he’s asleep. And the middle of the night is when I watch my shows. It’s like my reward. If I get up and pump, I get to watch the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice or other equally high quality programs. If I skip them, then I don’t know what completely realistic fates might have befallen my favorite characters.
Without the DVR, my options for middle of the night entertainment would be largely limited to infomercials and I Love Lucy reruns, which are about as fun as the pump. And I can guarantee many nights, my terrible excuses and desire to sleep would win out. Basically what I’m saying is that my DVR has saved my nights…and my milk supply. I don’t think I could live without it.
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