Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Me: Ugh. Pumping sucks. I can't believe I have to do this for 7 more months.

Co-worker: Well, you don't have to. You can stop pumping if you want.

Me: No, it's not THAT bad. I still want to keep breastfeeding.

Co-worker: Oh, so you just like to hear yourself bitch about it?

Why yes, apparently I do.


hypoglycemiagirl said...

It's worth it, if you can manage it in your daily life, keep on doing it!
After a while you can stop pumping and just breastfeed morning /night and continue that as long as you want.

I breastfed my daughter till she was 18 months and she hardly had a cold till I stopped.

Day ByDay said...

As a pregnant woman (and scientist), I say you're entitled to complaining about whatever the heck you want! And I haven't even gone through labour or delivery yet. I can only imagine how much more entitled I'll feel after that!

Sure we "chose" to have children - but if I could tag-team share some of the experience with the hubby I sure would!

ScienceWoman said...

Complain away. Having to pump is a pain in the ass. But I can't help believing that it is absolutely, 100% worth it.

The director of Minnow's daycare had a baby over the summer and she recently returned to work. The baby (now 13 weeks) is at daycare, with mom down the hall. What's baby drinking? Formula. What I wouldn't give for my child to be so available to me when I'm working. But the daycare director doesn't take advantage of it. It just makes me sad.

ScienceMama said...

Oh, I know it's worth it. I wouldn't give up breastfeeding for anything. I'm committed to pumping for (at least) a year and nursing for as long as my milk supply holds out and Bean is interested.

Maybe the daycare director tried and just wasn't able to make it work? Butyeah, SW, I would give my left arm to be able to just run down the hall to nurse Bean throughout the day.

mnemosyne said...

Being a science mama, I can totally sympathize. I complained constantly while refusing to give up breastfeeding my little guy. He now 10months. Luckily (in an odd way) my little guy just stopped taking bottles one day and so I stopped pumping during the day, and just feeding him when as soon as I get home, at night, and in the morning. It's hard though, no matter how you slice it. On one hand, I had flexibility to go pump (in the nasty, but lockable bathroom) when I needed, but it compounded the problem of not-enough-time-in-the-day.