I know not everyone has a great relationship with their pump. In fact, I would like to call mine a love/hate relationship. I love that I can provide milk for my son while he is at day care. I love the modern convenience of a double electric pump that has a session finished in 20 minutes, flat. But then there is the actual pumping. The taxing part. If you are new to pumping, my suggestion is to, at all possible, have two pumps so you can leave one at work. Invest in steamer bags, and remember that you can put your parts in the bag in a fridge and only steam after your last pump for the day. If you share a fridge, get a nice Planet Wise Lunch Bag so your pump parts and milk can be discreet in the fridge. Also, I really liked the hands-free bra. It helped me get away from one handed typing. Never forget your nursing pads, and always keep a spare at work. Leaking is not something you want to do in the middle of an important meeting. I love Bamboobies.
If you’re nearing the end of pumping, hang in there. Prepare your husband that this will be hard on you, maybe he will buy you some chocolate. We will get through this. Find momma’s in your same position, the Kelly’s Closet Cloth Diapering Support Group is a great place to get advice and support. But know, it is okay to be emotional. Hug your baby a little tighter. They grow up so fast!
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