Let's face it, breastfeeding moms, pumping breast milk just isn't all that fun. And depending on how often you need to pump on any given day, the task can get awfully mind numbing. It's been years since my youngest son weaned, but I can still close my eyes and hear the monotonous rhythm of my breast pump like no time has passed at all.
One of my baby books said to keep a picture of my baby with my pump. Supposedly, looking at my son's sweet face would make my milk come faster. Maybe it was true, but it sure didn't make the time go by any faster -- and it just made me miss my baby!
Read on to see how comedian, writer, and mom Tina Fey made her time hooked up to the breast pump a little more fun, and check out our 5 Secrets to More Joyful Pumping.
Tina Fey recently told GQ:
I would try to pump milk while watching Entourage on demand ... I had the pump on, and I'd hear Turtle on TV: "Yo, E, you ever f*ck a girl when she has her period?' I just sat there thinking: Oooh, this is not how this is meant to be.
So funny, and this tip from Tina launches us right int 5 more great ideas for pump time.
5 Secrets to More Joyful Pumping.
1. Watch a really good series. Tina had the right idea. Entourage, while super smutty at times, is totally addicting (smut doesn't end up the milk; don't worry). I think I watched the entire series of Six Feet Under on my laptop while pumping. I found myself counting the minutes until my next pump session.
2. Surf the internet, if you're dexterous. I know they sell contraptions now for hands-free pumping, but I got really good at holding both pumps in place with one hand while using the mouse with the other. I got so much reading done!
3. Read a book or magazine. Remember books? Or magazines? It's probably been awhile since you read one if you have a new baby in the house.
4. Drink a milkshake. Trust me, milkshake in and breast milk out is totally awesome. Something every breastfeeding mom should experience at least once (a week).
5. Daydream. Sit, back, relax, and let your mind go any wild and wonderful place it wants to go. Now that you're a mom, there isn't much time for this very crucial task.
Some breastfeeding moms are perfectly happy to stare off into space for their 20-30-minute breaks hooked up the pump. Maybe you find it relaxing, and that kind of relaxing makes you very happy. Well, don't feel like you need to get something done while pumping! These tips are just for those of you who get a little antsy on the pump.
What creative ways did you or do you use to make breast pump time more enjoyable?
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