Exclusive secrets to making exclusive pumping easier, cheaper, and all-around less sucky.
Before jumping in, a small disclaimer: I kinda fell ass-backward into exclusive pumping. I am not one of those wonderfully disciplined moms who tracks output and feeding volume and wet diapers in a tidy Excel spreadsheet (partially due to my complete and utter ineptitude at Excel).
I started pumping as a temporary solution to some breastfeeding issues, and just kind of… kept doing it. I think I was secretly hoping that I wouldn’t succeed so that I would have a “legitimate” excuse to quit, but my boobs had other plans. I also started pumping after 6 weeks of exclusive and *cough* enthusiastic breastfeeding, so my supply was already well established when I switched to the pump. There is a ton of great information about how to establish a milk supply, but that’s something I don’t have any experience with, so seek ye wisdom elsewhere on that.
This is the corner-cutting, time-saving, energy-efficient, ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that guide to pumping, so proceed accordingly. Continue reading “The Lazy Mama’s Do’s & Don’ts of Exclusive Pumping”
One Mama’s journey from breastfeeding to exclusive pumping to formula, plus all the feelings along the way!
“Whee ooh whee ooh whee ooh whee ooh…”
The sound of my Medela has been a constant companion for the past five months, so it was only fitting to write this post while pumping. I’m halfway through the weaning process, so I’ve dropped from 5 pumps to 3 pumps a day, which already feels like an enormous amount of freedom. However, I think the hardest part is still ahead of me, both physically and emotionally. I’m ready to have my body back, but I feel guilty about weaning when I still have a full supply of milk.
I know (I think?) that it’s the best thing for me, to be happy and free to enjoy my baby rather than resentful about the time spent at the pump. I know that I’ve picked a good formula for him, and that he’s thriving and full of joy and life and sturdy and strong as ever. I still feel guilty that I’m not giving him the “best” that I can give him, and I feel especially ashamed that so many women give so much to continue to provide breastmilk for their babies, while I’m throwing in the towel and working harder to quit that I would have needed to work to continue. Continue reading “Breastfeeding, exclusive pumping, and beyond…”