Pumping breastmilk for your little one is easier said than done. There is lots of hard work and dedication that goes with that. I thought it would be good to provide a list of the top 10 things I hated about pumping. It ended up to be 14 and I am sure I could easily extend that further. It would be great if you share your hates as well. Send me your top 10 and I will put together and publish our most common hates.
1. Looking at the clock and knowing that the pumping session is about to start
2. Looking at the clock and knowing that the pumping session is about to start and the little one is in the middle of a crying tantrum.
3. The LO is feeding sooooo slowly from the bottle and you want the clock to stop as it ticks past your pumping schedule. You know that you still have to burp and clam the baby
4. Turning on the pump and listening to the eih-eye, eih-eye sound of the pump
5. Turing on the pump and listening to the pump as it sirens away and as the first drops are being expressed and you finally are relaxed enough to have a let-down the LO decides to wake up with a loud cry
6. putting the pump parts together
7. washing and sterilising the pump, parts and bottles
8. Not able to use your freezer for your own needs. After all with a little baby you hardly have time to take a shower, let alone cook. Now the freezer has been cleaned out to leave space for frozen milk
9. Pumping in the public toilette while there is a line up and people are wondering what on earth you are doing in your stall.
10. Only being able to leave the house with a strict timetable as you have to either be back for your pumping session or need to have a public toilette close by. Especially one for disabled persons if you have the buggy with.
11. People not understanding why you can’t just breastfeed.
12. Waking up at night to pump while the LO is sound asleep – that just isn’t fair.
13. unsupportive doctors
14. Not having a label on the bottle that says ‘breastmilk inside’
Feel free to add your hates in the comments.
So why the hell do we pump? Simply put, to provide the best start for our little ones. Have a look at the list for10 things I love about pumping for more.