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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Breast Pumping Mom

It has now been 6 weeks that I have been back to work. A few of you have inquired on how breast pumping and feeding is going now that I am back to work full time. I can tell you that breast feeding is going great. I still nurse in the mornings, twice in the evening, and sometimes (lately most nights) during the middle of the night. The breast pumping is a whole other story.
I am in sales which mean I live in my car. Usually during my lunch I find a secluded place, park, put up my sun visor in my front window, put on my shawl to cover up, turn on some relaxing music and commence to pumping. Last week I was behind a Ramada Inn doing just this when a man came out of nowhere and began staring. As he walked by, he continued to stare. I am guessing he was trying to figure out what I was doing. I wanted to get out and yell, stop staring but I couldn’t, because I was in a compromising position. Anytime you are sitting in a public place with your boobs out with a machine sucking the life out of them, you are in a compromising position. So I didn’t.
I usually bring my lunch in a little ice chest. This doubles as my milk cooler after I have pumped. Some days I have lunch with customers. On a particular day I had a lunch with someone so I pumped before I went into meet them. I did not bring my cooler so I had to bring the milk in with me (can’t leave it in the car it was 105 degrees in there!). No one was in the conference room when I was unloading my items on the table. I pulled the milk bottle out and set it down so it wouldn’t spill. It was about this time someone walked in. The girl greeted me then quickly looked at the interesting object on the table. “What is that?” she asked.
I responded with, “what do you think it is?”
“I don’t know.”
Well, being that this was a woman I told her what it was. I was a little embarrassed since this was the first time that I had met her and here bodily fluid lay between us. Then I thought about it and I decided I have nothing to be embarrassed about. Breast pumping is a natural thing (well not natural in the sense of nature but natural in the sense of doing what you’ve got to do for your baby!) Come to find out she was pregnant herself and we talked the entire lunch about pregnancy and babies. Of course I told her all about my blog and am hoping she is now a follower.
One downside to breast pumping is your wardrobe. If you plan on pumping you must wear pumping friendly clothes i.e. tops and dresses that allow you to get to the girls easily. Some of my customers must think I only own a few dresses and tops, but it is impossible to wear a one piece dress, with a high neck that zip up the back and pump! Not necessarily impossible but you don’t want to have to get naked for this process, especially if you pump in your car like myself.
So to all you new moms, soon to be moms, soon to be returning to work moms that want to pump, it can be done! It just takes a serious amount of patience, dedication, a selective attire and a huge sense of humor!

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