There doesn't seem to be too much talk out there about moms who exclusively pump. You will see many articles about breastfeeding or formula feeding, but not many go in depth about pumping to feed your baby. I have decided to exclusively pump for Meeghan.. I did nurse while in the hospital, and for a few days at home, but I switched to pumping. Here is where I tell my dirty little secret. I hate breastfeeding. I can't give you a great explanation on why I hate it, but I do. I have inverted nipples which makes it more difficult, and I don't know if that is the reason. Pumping is a pain since I am tied to the pump for 20 minutes every 3 hours, but it is cheaper than buying formula. I am not against formula since that is what I used to feed Hannah for most of her infancy. I wanted to keep pumping for Hannah, but a weekend road trip killed the desire to continue when it felt like too much trying to pump in the car. This time around my goal is to make it to 6 months. I have made it almost 7 weeks, and I am pretty proud of myself. I have a few hundred ounces in the freezer which I am really proud of. I just wish there was a bit more support for pumping. Maybe I am not looking in the right places. I was shocked when doctors didn't try to stop me from pumping and switch back to breastfeeding. When I was pumping with Hannah, the nurses at the WIC office made me feel like pumping was horrible and I should stop. I understand that pumping isn't as efficient as nursing, and Meeghan isn't getting the bonding like if she were nursing, but she is still getting breast milk and isn't that what is best for her. I will admit that when I drag myself out of bed at 3am to pump, it does seem easier to just nurse or formula feed since Meeghan is sleeping from about 11pm until 5am. That could be 6 whole hours of sleep! Or when we went to the San Antonio zoo this weekend, I had to go back to the car to pump while the husband and Hannah enjoyed the zoo. It has been hard. I down so much oatmeal I feel like a horse. I pump as often as she eats to maintain my supply. I feel like I am tied to the pump some days, and can't get out of the house. I do, however, tell myself that it is worth it.
My piece of advice to anyone who pumps, if you want some freedom while pumping get a hands free pumping bra. I love mine! It is not comfortable wear all day (at least for me), but it isn't too hard to change bras when it is time to pump. I love that I can still use the computer, eat, or even play with Hannah while pumping. This is the one I use Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra: