I breastfed both of my children, but for me, it was hard. Breastfeeding never came easily and I almost gave up more times than I can count, but I didn't -- even though it meant a whole lot of pumping.
I support breastfeeding in every way, but when it comes to pumping, well, that doesn't exactly make me feel like celebrating. Especially when it comes to pumping at work.
1. Double your pleasure: Does your sister have a pump she's not using? Can you afford a secondhand one from eBay or rent one from a hospital? Keep one pump at home and keep a trusty one at work so you don’t have to lug it back and forth.
2. Buttons away: If you can avoid it, don’t wear a buttoned-down anything. Try tanks under blousey-type shirts. Buttons will slow you down and you don't need to pop one in your mad dash to pump and get back to work.
3. Know your friends: More than once I've had to ask a fellow pumping co-worker if I could borrow a storage bag. If you don’t have pumping peers, always keep a stash of emergency supplies at your desk.
4. Keep your options open: I have an established “Mothers' Room” at work, but it's far away and inconvenient. If I'm running short on time, I have a battery pack that I can use in the bathroom, and if I’m really in a jam, I also have a car adapter. (Yes, I have pumped in my car!)
5. Don't cry over spilled milk: I have forgotten to bring expressed milk home over a weekend. I've spilled bags of milk on the floor and inside my bag. You can't be too hard on yourself. Give yourself some credit for doing the best you can.
After all, pumping at work is, well, work. It requires time, planning, and dedication, but it can be done!
Do you use a breast pump? What tips would you share with a pumping mama?
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