By: Amy Gorsuch
What you are doing for you baby is wonderful! Even though you cannot nurse your baby, expressed breastmilk is still the best! Devoting your time to being hooked up to a machine several times a day; pumping in your car, on your breaks at work, while you play with your baby, when you have a million chores to do. Pumping is consuming my life! Washing, washing, washing all of your pump parts, bottles, nipples, caps, rings: so much time spent at the kitchen sink! There would be so much less washing if you would just give up pumping now! Lugging all you equipment with you; pump, tubing, flanges, bottles, cooler bag, ice packs. Oh, and don't forget your keys, wallet, diaper bag, grab the baby too! The anxiety of how much milk I should be pumping, 2 oz, 8 oz, 4 oz? It will NEVER be enough! I just spent 30 minutes hooked up the a machine like a cow and all I got was 2 oz?! Are you kidding me?? My sister gets 10 oz when she pumps, what is wrong with me?! And where the hell am I going to put all this milk? Some in the fridge, rotate it to the freezer, now bring the other bags in from the deep freezer, take the other bags out. Make sure some is thawing in the fridge so your baby has some to drink the next day. Damn it, there is a bag without a date, I hope it didn't expire, it's 8 oz! That was at least an hour and a half of my life spent on pumping those 8 oz, I can't throw that away!!
I am pro-breastfeeding all the way, and I love all the support breastfeeding women are receiving, feed your baby anywhere you choose; in a restaurant, on a bus, while shopping, by all means, anywhere, you will not offend me! But, this goes out to my pumping moms who are making a real sacrifice. I WISH I could just nurse my baby anywhere, other than the health benefits of breastfeeding, the convenience of breastfeeding is the best thing about it! Nursing moms, you are so lucky, if someone stares at you in public, stare back at them and wear it like a badge of honor!