For the first 2 months of Elijah’s life, 8 times a day I felt tortured. Yes, I had chosen to pump when my child refused to breastfeed, but I hated it. And I hated it fiercely.
But over the past two months, that hate has slowly started to fade. I no longer dread pumping, I no longer want to quit every day. I can actually see myself doing this for the long haul, by which I mean 8 more months. It went from completely insufferable, to totally tolerable. And so though it was easy for me to recount all the things I hated just a few short weeks ago (the dishes, middle of the night pumping, having to carry bottles around, etc), I’ve now begun to realize that pumping has several distinct advantages.
It’s still not easy and it’s still not super fun, but these are the 8 things I now love about pumping. (And before we go there, this is NOT me discouraging anyone from breastfeeding, it’s me finding the good part of a situation I never wanted for myself.)
I can let others feed the baby
Notice the use of the word let. I never wanted anyone else to feed the baby and I am still stingy about it. I wanted to nurse so that it was just him and me, with our bonding time. But I've come to see that the flexibility of being able to have someone else feed him is a huge advantage. I can go take a shower without freaking out that he's going to need to eat. I can run to the store and leave him with my husband. Or if I'm really tired and not up for the entire hour long feed/pump routine in the middle of the night, I can ask my husband for help and get some more sleep.
For any other mothers who have pumped, what was your favorite part?
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