I Hate Pumping.
I hate that it’s sometimes a logistical nightmare to fit into the day. I hate that it feels somewhere between uncomfortable and painful. I hate the stress I feel when I’m not able to pump enough. But mostly, I hate that pumping took breastfeeding from an activity which I’ve actually grown to enjoy and to something I mostly dread.
I don’t mean to scare other moms thinking about pumping at work. In fact, despite my feelings about pumping, I have every intention of continuing for the foreseeable future. I only write this because despite lots of research and preparation before returning to work, I was surprised by just how hard pumping was. I feel like I now understand why so many women stop breastfeeding when they go back to work. Most of the advice out there is heavy on the cheerleading and while that’s great for some, I’ve always preferred people who keep it real. To that end, I’ve come to accept that pumping is a necessary evil which I’m willing to tolerate since it allows me to continue breastfeeding my little guy. And when I want to throw that pump off the nearest bridge, I think of how happy and healthy my son is which makes those twice daily pumping sessions seem slightly less torturous.
Anyone else hate pumping too? Misery loves company.