Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dump the Pump

About a week ago I ended a 17 month relationship. We were really close and knew each other pretty well. We saw each other at least 5 days a week and even took lunch breaks together. It was an easy break up, even though we were practically attached at the hip. Actually we were attached, at my boobs. Yes, I am talking about my breast pump.

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.

This post is linked up with the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by Sisters 'n Cloth. Check out other posts from the bog hop here:


  1. Isn't it great to reach that point you can keep nursing, but without pumping? Ah, sweet relief! I loved that point too. :)

    1. Yes it is Ellie! I was scared to hurt my supply at first, so I tested out not pumping a few times a week. All seemed well so I took the leap to no pumping. He is an avid nurser when I'm home, so I think my supply is fine.

  2. 17 months of pumping! Way to go, momma! That is awesome :) I don't blame you for being excited to say "goodbye." ~Melissa

    1. Thanks! It's wasn't always easy, but it was the right choice for us. Thanks for hosting the blog hop too!

  3. My second child is 6 weeks old and I head back to work with my pump next week. Hoping I can be as successful as you at pumping at work! Being a teacher doesn't allow me to pump as often as I need to.

    1. Congratulations on your new baby! I started off pumping every 2-4 hours (so three times in a work day). The bottle I pumped that day would be used the following day. Be sure to pump a little now so you have some milk for the first day you return to work. After we introduced solids and he really started eating food I could pump less and less.

      If your employer has more than 50 employees they are required to provide you time to pump as well as a private place to do so. I didn't want cause a fuss, so I was fine just pumping in the break room. However, I work with all women in a lingerie store. Most of my pump breaks were 20 minutes or less. A great time saving tip is to keep your pump parts in the refrigerator so they stay "fresh" and are ready to go for the next pumping session.

      Good luck to you!

  4. You are a rockstar. Good job Momma!

    1. Thanks Maggie! I am proud of myself for making it.


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