Saturday, June 11, 2011

PUMPING SUCKS! Guest Post by Ruth!

This is the second guest post for the pumping series. Ruth is one of my very close mom friends and she is a hippy just like me!

Take it away Ruth!

Pumping Sucks!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Ruth. I have an almost 9 month old baby girl, Liath. Sarah and I became friends when we were both pregnant. We have 2 common beliefs…#1 breast feeding is best for our babies and #2 Pumping SUCKS.

First let me say, as parents everyone agrees: we will do anything for our children. For me this means, I go to work to make a living and Liath goes to daycare which means I have to pump my milk. I pump 4-5 times a day 5 days a week. I have a routine: pump in the car on the way to work (yup that’s me on I-435 every day), pump during lunch, pump at 3:00 p.m., pump on the way home. Sometimes I even pump if Liath is sleeping a long time at night. There are days I feel like I pump more than I actually breast feed my child….it’s crazy.

Many people, including my doctor, ask “Why do you bother? It takes so much time to pump. Formula seems easier.” I simply reply “Studies show breast milk is the BEST food for babies.” I am doing what I need to do to give my daughter the best possible start in life.. That being said, there are days when I look at my pump and curse it, then when I am pumping, I beg my breasts to letdown and release the milk they hold. It’s a love-hate relationship. I hate pumping, but I love the benefits Liath is getting.

I have often thought, on weekends when I don’t pump, ‘I would like to donate my milk so a NICU baby can get breast milk instead of formula.’ The thought is wonderful…the process and red tape nonsense is crazy. A mom who has extra supply might be more inclined to deal with the process. I am not one of those moms, I work hard for every drop, every ounce. When I am done pumping and Liath is done nursing, if I have frozen milk leftover, I will be willing to donate my milk to a momma whose supply is questionable at times; I have a lovely friend who did me this favor and would like to pay it forward to another baby.

Breast feeding moms are a community, pumping moms make up a small inner group of that community. For those of us who pump, or have pumped….YOU ROCK!

Tomorrow will be my post on how I feel about pumping. And then the series will probably be over.



  1. Ruth you are such a trooper!

  2. I have driven on I435 and thru the triangle too many times in my life and it sucks. I can't even imagine doing that AND pumping. Seriously, that deserves an award!!!