10 Things Every Pumping Mom Should Know
10 min. read
One of the most powerful moments of my pumping journey happened 10 months postpartum. I (reluctantly) had to fly across the country to an expo for work. Three days, 80,000 square feet of space to walk, hordes of people, and one heavy ol’ pump I had to lug everywhere. Ugh.
It was my first time pumping-on-the-go, and I was relieved to hear there was a pump room…until I opened the door to find it was one big, open space of a room. No partitions, no privacy. I walked in on a mom pumping and squawked, “Oh, I’m so sorry!” as I hurriedly tried to close the door, but she countered just as quickly, “Please, come in!”
I felt strange, but sat down, plugged in and pumped—my breasts were epically tight and tingly. I couldn’t wait. And then something magical happened. One by one more pumping mamas came in. As our numbers grew, the normalcy of what we were doing did as well. Everyone sat down, chest out, pumps whirring away. The best part? We naturally started sharing our struggles, pumping hacks and travel stories as new moms. I was floored. I finished my pump in 20 minutes but stayed for 40. Not only did I learn a thing or two, but I felt seen and supported in how hard it was to juggle all of this.
Motherhood is no joke. We need each other to get through it. There’s so much wisdom (and good laughs!) when #MomsGetReal and we share our truths and tips on how to make things work. It’s what I love most about being a postpartum doula: Sharing my experience and evidence-based insight, hearing what you’re going through, and tackling all of this new mom stuff together. Whether in-person or online, the saying is true: it takes a village!
Now, let’s demystify that pump of yours and get you set up for success.