Happy Throwback Thursday (#TBT). It’s the last week of World Breastfeeding Month and a great time to repeat this blog article from 2013. These comments from moms two years ago will still be both funny and fitting for a lot of you out there. Some things just don’t change.
Motherhood transforms life for many women. Breastfeeding and pumping moms seem to have their own special circumstances, challenges and humorous moments. We took a lighthearted survey when we asked our Facebook friends to finish the statement, “You know you’re a breastfeeding or pumping mother when…”
“You have cried over spilled milk or yelled at your husband for throwing some out!”
“You break into tears when your milk bag breaks.”
You appreciate a designated, clean place to breastfeed or pump.
“The first thing you think of when doing ANYTHING (work, running errands, date with hubby, meetings, etc) is where/when will I nurse/pump?”
“You catch yourself smiling whenever you find a special little room in public places reserved for breastfeeding/pumping moms!”
Your clothing options change quite a bit.
“You plan what top you’ll be wearing ahead of time . . . at least I do!”
“All your bras resemble trap doors.”
“You don’t wear regular bras anymore because it’s just easier to wear nursing bras all the time.”
“When you dream of putting on your breast pads….”
You receive support from unexpected places.
“People at work know your pump schedule and remind you it’s time to go pump… (And I’ve only been back to work for a little over a week…)”
“When your 4 year old daughter feeds her pretend baby like mommy and only bottle feeds when she “goes to work.””
“Your other kids know your pumping schedule and remind you when it’s time.”
“When my 4 year old son knew how to put Medela pump parts together and said, “Mommy I help you” and “Mommy, baby sister wants your milk”.”
You are prepared for just about anything.
“You’ve pumped while ordering a bean burrito from the Taco Bell drive-thru (using your pump’s battery pack and your nursing cover, of course).”
“Your drawer at work is filled with extra sets of shields and storage bags. And you have a cheap, single manual pump for when you forget your electric pump all together.”
“You have a 32 ounce (or larger) cup of water with you at all times.”
“You keep extra nursing pads and a handheld pump in your purse when you know you will be away from the house for a while.”
“You eat with one hand at your desk during your 30 minute lunch break.”
“When you have two Medela pumps at work just in case one breaks down.
“When you have to keep your arms folded over your chest because you’ve leaked through your shirt while in public. Also, when you keep extra clothing in your car in case that happens.”
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