Pumping breast milk never came easy to me. I bought a pump a few days after I decided I would breastfeed. I was thinking that with a pump, I could feed my daughter more easily in public and that my husband could help out with some of the feedings. My first attempt took well over 30 minutes and I don’t think I even got an ounce.
I didn’t have anyone to talk to who had breastfed for more than 2-3 weeks. Those who I did talk to, said they were able to pump like crazy and could get out more than 6 ounces in 10 minutes. Now, as a first time mom, I felt defeated. I felt like a bad mother.I felt a great sense of failure and disappointment.
Even though I was having a hard time pumping breast milk, I knew my baby was getting enough to eat, because she was consistently gaining weight. This was without supplementing with formula or anything. Also, we all know and remember quite vividly the projectile throw-up of a newborn. She threw up what seemed like gallons one day, so I knew my supply wasn’t a problem.
I continued to try and eventually I was able to get 2 ounces out most of the time in about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes, none though.
Nine months later, here I am still breastfeeding. I am completely comfortable breastfeeding in public and I prefer to do so straight from the breast. It just works out better for us.
So, when it comes to pumping breast milk, it’s not necessary, and it can be avoided, if needed. Just be proud of being a breastfeeding mama!