Hang in there! I don't know how you're doing this with other little ones to "mommy"! You're doing great!!
I found that putting some Lansinoh on the wide part of the pump before putting it on to pump helped soothe my sore and cracked breasts. And then put a little more on after pumping had finished, and let them air dry. That really helped; that Lansinoh in the purple tube.
Yes, it was a crazy cycle: pump, clean, write down time and date on label, stick it on the bottle, fridge or freeze it, feed the baby the bottle...and then start it all over again, every 3 hours (I did it around the clock...had no other babies to care for!).
I attempting b'feeding for maybe 2 1/2 months and finally gave up because of multiple challenges. I sooo want to b'feed my next. Then I continued to pump (also w/a Medela "Pump In Style") and DD was getting breastmilk exclusively for 4 1/2 months. Then we brought in the formula as I could not take it anymore; I was producing so very little milk and I even got my period while still (barely) lactating! I took that as "the" "sign" and stopped. The we started on Nutramigen. So expensive, but it has really helped DD eat and gain weight.
Enough about me. Hang in there!!!
~Sandy/DD born via emergency C at 35 wks/1 day June '03 due to Severe PE/class III HELLP/chronic HBP/asthma