I've even managed to get this trick working for me (next step - pumping while surfing the web). And the picture below works really well for conditioning my letdown reflex :-)
Bad news: I don't actually know if I can use the milk I've pumped, what with the thrush outbreak. (Though if I understand this site correctly, as long as Gwen and I are still being treated, she should be okay to receive the 'infected' milk.) I've been symptom-free since yesterday, but even so, I don't want to risk re-infecting. I've left a message with Lillian for guidance.
Good news: Chris is home today (Oh, how I love weekends) and he’s been handling Gwen pretty much all morning.
Bad news: Gwen has needed a lot of handling, because she is quite miserable today. Poor little thing. When will she learn to speak English so she can tell us what's wrong?
Good news: Being Gwen-free this morning, I decided to do something utterly spontaneous and unheard of for many weeks: make fresh bread in the breadmaker.
Bad news: The little piece that goes in the bottom of the breadmaker and kneads the dough? Missing in action. I can’t even imagine where it might have been put by God-knows-who and when, because it’s been a long time since I used the breadmaker and there have been a lot of people in and out