As pumpkin would sign…all done. After 19.5 months of exclusively pumping…we are done. I have a surgery on my hand which is going to make it near impossible to pump, so I figure it’s a good time to be finished.
I’ve blogged about my breastfeeding difficulties. I used a hospital pump rental to help increase my supply. At one point I was pumping 8-10 times a day for 40-50oz. My initial goal was 9 months, then 12 months then 18 months. I met my goal!
I have a few thoughts about being an exclusive pumper:
Don’t tell an EP’er to miss a pump/sleep.
Pumping on the road is tough.
Build a stash.
Check with insurance early.
Get your breasts measured
Last, celebrate every milestone!!
An Ep’er is working very hard to keep up supply and breastfeed their baby. The last thing they need to be told is to skip a pump like it’s no big deal.
It’s hard enough for moms to find places to breastfeed in public but pumping in public is even more difficult! Make sure to get the car charger for your pump. Get a hands free pumping bra. Always bring the battery pack because you may not find a place to plug in. You can always use an Aden & Anais swaddle cloth to cover the pumping area when pumping in the open.
Try to get a couple of days ahead in terms of stored milk. It can be so much pressure when you are pumping for what the baby needs right now.
Check with your insurance early about your options for a pump. Yes they are expensive, but most insurance cover it. Plus as an exclusive pumper you are going to make that pump work!!
It’s so important that your flanges are the right size. They can make a huge difference in the amount of milk you pump. The Pump Station can help you get flanges that fit you.
It’s hard work mama! So do a dance, buy some shoes or a diaper bag and celebrate every milestone. Because you deserve it! There is no such thing as too short or too long. Celebrate what you accomplished for you and your baby.
One thing I love most about breastfeeding was our 10 minutes every day where I fed her by the bottle and would sing her songs. Every day it was our time to share, alone and uninterrupted. Now I’ll give her a sippy cup with milk and still have our time together. But I know soon she’ll want to be moving and going.Hopefully I’ll get a snuggle and Toe-knee-chest-nut in.