Today I’m excited to share another breastfeeding story! Our first one was such a success that I’ve decided to make this an on-going series covering any and everything about breastfeeding. Email me if you have something to share. (Info@themamanotes.com)
Pumping is a topic I think most women have such mixed feelings about — while it gives you the freedom to work, take trips, have a social life, it’s also a serious PAIN! I don’t have personal experience with full-time pumping. I work from home and while I did pump every day it was nothing like what most full-time working mothers go through by any means. So I’m excited for Courtney to share her experience and tips today. Courtney works full-time in the male dominated tech industry in Silicon Valley.
(I couldn’t help but share the photo above of my friend Morgan who posted this on Instagram – she didn’t write this article, but it was so relevant and powerful I asked her if I could post it here to accompany the story.)
So you’re heading back to work. You might fall into the group that is absolutely dreading the thought of leaving your baby or you might be looking forward to a little more structure during the day, whatever your mindset, going back to work after having your first baby is no easy feat.
Sixteen months ago I was in the same boat. I had figured out my childcare situation, run through the various commute scenarios I would come across on any given day, and had communicated with my team about my return, but one thing still weighed heavily on me — for the first three and a half months of my daughter’s life she had been exclusively breastfed. Was going back to work going to end one of the most precious things happening in my life? Not without a fight, I told myself.
Because I felt so passionately about breastfeeding after returning to work, I decided to research and research and do some more research on the topic. That’s why today I wanted to share some of the things I learned along the way. Because you might be surprised, there’s not many success stories on the internet about this topic.
So like I said, I returned to work 16 months ago when my daughter was just an itty bitty 3.5 month old. At that point milk was her only source of nutrition so making sure I produced enough for three bottles a day was my goal. That meant 2-3 pumping sessions everyday.
Things I learned that both saved me time and my sanity.
So on July 29, 2016 I hung up my pumping parts. My baby would be turning one in the next week so I had made my goal. It was a challenging year with so many extra dishes and the never ending feeling of “forgetting something” but it was also an amazing accomplishment. So if you’re returning back to with the hope of breastfeeding, I wish you nothing but success and hope the few tricks I shared will help you.