Like most pregnant women, I had an idea of what my future would be like. I would have my son, we would have many sleepless nights together and oh yea, he would breastfeed. It took 24 hours for that illusion to be shattered and so, as with all things, I had to adjust my plan a bit. Instead of breastfeeding, I am pumping. I will not pretend that I like it because I hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns, but for now, it’s what I’m doing.
One of the more frustrating parts of exclusive pumping is how much stuff you need for it. Now, admittedly, breastfeeding isn’t as free as everyone says, you need the nursing bras, the nursing pads and pillows, but that’s about where the list ends, plus or minus a few other small things. But for pumping you need a much more significant and expensive list of things. For the first few weeks, everytime I thought I had everything, I’d discover one more item I needed.
After almost 3 months, I think I’m finally finished with all my purchases and these are my 13 essential items for exclusive pumping.
What other items did you find essential for successful pumping?