Hadley is now 10 months old, how did that even happen!? I have been back to work for 7 months and I am so proud of Hadley and I for sticking with our breastfeeding journey.
I will be honest its the hardest journey I’ve been through, it’s so time-consuming, stressful at times and can be very lonely. I’m blessed to work for a company that fully supports my decision to breastfeed and they don’t question my breaks to pump. By trial and error, I’ve learned a few tips that have made the journey a little more enjoyable.
Invest in a great pump
The single, manual pump is very tempting because it’s so affordable, but save money in other ways and go for the electric double pump. It will save time and is more effective. I have the Medela Freestyle pump, it’s small and compact making it easy to tote back and forth each day.
Band together & find a support system
I mentioned earlier that breastfeeding is hard, so find a group of friends that knows what you are going through. If you don’t have anyone, contact me! I will gladly be your support system. Being able to vent or just discuss questions with someone who is in the same cycle as you will make you feel so much better.
Not everyone will have the luxury of a supportive company or a private place to pump. Don’t let that be the reason you decide not to breastfeed. I have over an hour commute one way to work, so I pump on my way to work and on my way home. Think out-side-of-the-box when it comes to breastfeeding.
Add your pumping sessions to your calendar
Work can be extremely demanding and you can easily get focused on the task at hand and skip a breastfeeding session. Make your pumping sessions a priority and add them to your calendar with reminders. This way you are constantly reminded.
Stick with it
There will a lot of reason to quit but if you’re making enough milk push through the hard times. You’ll be so proud of yourself for sticking with it! Reminder you are a rockstar momma! Good luck!
What are some helpful tips that helped you along the way?