I’m super excited to announce that we’re growing the blog and have a guest contributor – The Exclusive Pumping Mom! Breastfeeding comes in many different sorts of beautiful packages and The Exclusive Pumping Mom – Laura – offers a unique perspective that many Moms share but too few Moms talk about. Over the next few months, we’re hoping to share some of Laura’s stories so you Pumping Mamas know you’re not alone. Until then, I asked Laura the number one question:
So what turned you into the Exclusive Pumping Mom?
- - Well hello everyone! When my first daughter – S – was born, I really wanted to breastfeed directly. I started that way but after she ate, I still felt very full. So I pumped to relieve the pressure. I would nurse her and then pump. It was a lot of work. Additionally, I had only been in my previous job for 11 months and did not qualify for FMLA so returning to work was also on my horizon. I knew I would not be able to juggle nursing, pumping and working full time so that was when I decided to exclusively pump. I never knew how involved I would become with breastfeeding – so much so that I would come to identify myself as “The Exclusive Pumping Mom” but once I knew I was going to be a Mom, I wanted to do everything in my power to breastfeed my babies because I know the benefits are enormous.
And then I wanted to know - But didn’t you hate pumping?
- - At first, pumping really worked for me. It emptied my breast and gave me physical comfort. It also allowed me to meet my goal of providing breastmilk for my baby and the routine and schedule was manageable for me to keep. Before I returned to work, when I had to pump, my child did not have a problem playing for a little bit by herself too, which I liked.
- - But not too long into my pumping journey, I started to experience issues - namely clogged ducts and mastitis. That’s when I began conducting a lot of research, learned most of my pumping tricks and became a pumping queen. I diminished a lot of my problems so I could pump a little longer and in the end, I was able to bring my first daughter to 20 months of breastmilk AND donate 2000 ounces of liquid gold.
-- When my second child – G – was born, my oldest was just shy of her second birthday. I was so excited that I would be able to provide milk again for both my children. Like before, I had high hopes for direct breastfeeding but my second little had a rough time with her latch. At this point in my professional career, I was also a stay at home Mom – so I thought feeding directly would be easier too. But as all breastfeeding journeys have their own challenges, I felt myself yet again feeling all too full and having an over-supply. That was when I decided I should maybe add pumping to my schedule too. So now I feed G directly and pump.
Thanks Laura and welcome!
Ladies, are you a pumping Mom? I really think a breast pump creates a love triangle in breastfeeding. It’s a third party that is loved and loathed with such intensity – we can’t wait to have Laura share more of her story, experience and continuing journey.
Until her next post, find her on Instagram @theexclusivpumpingmom (my favorite video is when she flips a bottle upside down!) and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theexclusivepumpingmom/
TGIF and I hope y'all have a FABULOUS HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
My name is Elena aka The Breastfeeding Stylist and the creator of Mama's MilkBox.
We have one mission here at Mama's MilkBox: help Moms find their "old" fabulous selves in their new normal.