To pump or not to pump, that is the question

As I work to transition my blog over to more mommy and new mom related content, I struggle to find my voice. I am a new mom, I don’t know much and I won’t pretend to be the expert on anything. All I can do is share my opinions and thoughts based on what I have gone through so far.

Now let’s talk about nursing/pumping. Yes, I know straight up breast feeding is different than bottle feeding, but they are both involving the production of breast milk and DAMN, nobody told me how much freakin work this would be.

My baby is almost 8 months old now. I always knew I wanted to BF and not use formula for as long as I could. I had to go back to work after 3 months, so strictly nursing was not an option. (unless I could bring the baby to work, but that was frowned upon.. har har)

I introduced the bottle about 3 weeks after the baby was born and ever since then she has been fine with boob or bottle. Now that I am working full time, she only nurses in the middle of the night if she wakes up and sometimes first thing in the morning. Other than that it is straight up PUMP city. Other mom’s must feel the same sentiment… I HATE PUMPING!

It is super time consuming, sometimes I can’t get a good flow going, and it can really start to get uncomfortable. Oh, and my boobs look like deflated pancakes. I am still wearing a nursing bra for easy access, and let me tell you… not very flattering.

So I guess this post is just to ..

  1. Shout out to all the mama’s out there pumping and or nursing
  2. Acknowledge that this is HARD and respect anyone’s choices for how they feed and nourish their baby
  3. Try to help me decide when I am going to stop

There is a so much judgement surrounding BF/Pumping etc.

From the start I said, just take it one day, one month at a time and see how you feel. Well, here I am 8 months later (WOW) and I am ready to throw in the towel (or pump). I feel like I am constantly trying to keep up with supply and it seems to be dwindling. Whether it is because I am away from the baby too much, or because I am so busy at work that I don’t pump for as long as I should, I just never seem to make enough! I am quickly depleting my frozen supply and starting to question what’s next?

On the other hand.. do I really want to pay for formula?!

So I will continue for as long as I can, and when the day comes that I say NO more I will make sure to look for support amongst all the mommiez.

Remember, everyone is different. Every situation is different. Every baby is different. Every boob is different. Let’s make sure we hold back on any judgement and know that a happy mom = happy baby.

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