I would be a liar if I said I didn’t absolutely love my breast pump. I have had different pumps in the past for nursing issues I had with my oldest son. The pumps didn’t help my breastfeeding difficulties, but they made me appreciate my current pump much more.
It is better… more effective, easier to use, over all it is just a better pump. It isn’t lined in gold, or a million dollar item. It is just better. Get it?
But my problem? I hate pumping altogether.
I hate bottles, pumps, cleaning them… I hate reading and re-reading the rules to storing breast milk, figuring out when it isn’t good anymore, or when the bags I have in the freezer aren’t good anymore. Too much math for me. I kid you not!
I feel like a cow being milked when I sit down to pump, but it is just something I have to do… frequently. I may work at home, but I still leave the house for events, meetings, and sometimes there are places I must go that our five month old teething angel just can’t join me. I mean, it is few and far between, but it happens.
I know I am not the only mother out there who feels this way too… Many of us put on a good face, smile and nod, and just do the pumping because breastfeeding is so important to us. And while I cherish the time I get to myself… which isn’t much, I loath having to pump just to make sure I have enough milk to feed Addie when I am not around.
Secretly there has been times I have wanted to just call home and tell my husband, who just ran out of milk, to look in the top corner cabinet of our kitchen for the back up spare can of formula I have left over from my two year old. I know for sure it is probably expired, but just knowing it is there sometimes makes me want to tell him to use it while I run screaming.
On the other hand, I have made it to 5 months with no formula, the longest I made it with any of my kids without any type of formula intervention, even if it is just for a short period of time. And that to me is a big accomplishment. Not to put anyone else down, but man… if I could make it till Addison is a year old without using formula, I literally may throw a party. For real!
Anyway! Any other pumping moms out there in the same boat?