As a breastfeeding mom who works outside the home, pumping was a necessity. I needed to keep up my milk supply as well as pump milk for The First Mate to drink while I was working. As he got older he was still taking bottles for naps or bedtime, but was gradually growing out of this. Now he is still nursing strong, but there is no need to pump. We have established enough of a nursing relationship that I am not worried about my milk supply.
I have pumped a total of 674 times, 22.7 gallons, for a total of 154 hours and 15 minutes.
|What I carted around with me daily.|
I must say, I am pretty excited about the end of this era. Here is what I will not miss about pumping:
- Carrying my leche luggage to and from work everyday
- Being tethered to my desk up to three times a day
- Worrying about how much I pumped
- Explaining to new coworkers what that noise was and why it was coming from my boobs
- Having the Staples or UPS guys walk in during a pumping session
- Cleaning pump parts and bottles
- Crying when I've spilt milk
Despite the annoyances of pumping, I wouldn't change a thing. I feel lucky to have pumped so long and to still be nursing. I am also grateful that I work in a boob friendly environment that made no real issues out of pumping.
That being said, I am still glad to dump the pump.
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