I thought when I was on maternity leave that I was passionate about breastfeeding just because there was really nothing else I was doing. For six months, Nugget and I bonded over many hours of nursing. We went through the highs and lows together and I was constantly researching about the subject. I still can’t get over how, well, cool breastmilk is, but that’s a post for another day. What I’ve recently realized is that my passion for all things breastfeeding have ne’er wavered even after going back to work. Now, it’s just fueled by my fascination of pumping.
I’m lucky. My sister-in-law lent me her pump. She was unable to establish a good milk supply right after giving birth. I was unaware the impact of this at the time. I hadn’t given birth to Nugget yet and hadn’t really even thought about breastfeeding. So I was completely in the dark about the trials and tribulations so many women go through. You’d think breastfeeding would be easy and naturally establish itself, but that’s so not the case and anyone who has you believe it is a big, fat liar. So when a woman says she’s not breastfeeding don’t give her a hard time. It’s none of your business.
Anyway, the pump I’m currently using is the Medela Pump In Style. It’s an amazing contraption. Seriously. To be able to continue providing for your child even when you’re apart is actually pretty cool. But, like breastfeeding, it’s not always an easy thing and it definitely takes commitment. I pump three times per day while at work. And in thinking about it, my employer is incredible about it. I have my own pump room and have never gotten flak for essentially disappearing for 30 minutes at a time. Even our staff meetings have been rescheduled because they’re usually during my 3rd pumping session. So I have a lot to be thankful for these days.
But what really tops things off is the recent invitation I received from Medela to be a “Medela Mom Maven,” a breastfeeding advocate. It’s a volunteer position, but it’s something I’m very excited about. Very excited! If a woman wants to and can breastfeed, I am her biggest supporter. I hope I will be able to help those with questions or concerns about the benefits of breastfeeding and any other related subject. And if I can make another woman feel comfortable about nursing in public, standing up for herself when it comes to her rights to a pump room, or even just breastfeed in general then I will have succeeded in something paramount.