Feeding our babies should not be part of any conflict that exists out there in mommy-land. We all make the best and right choices for our little ones. Often what we learn about ourselves, and the choices we make with our firstborn will guide and influence how we approach our next born. I welcome and support all moms, and the choices we face. A particular group I’m choosing to champion today is the exclusively pumping mom who keeps her baby in breastmilk for as long as possible. Those moms who every 2 – 4 hours hook themselves up to a machine, and/or hand expresses beautiful, beneficial breastmilk. That mom who returns to work early with minimal maternity leave and never quite got off to a good start with latching well. That mom who like clockwork wakes still at 5am to get that quiet pumping session in before the rest of the house wakes up. That mom who for reasons of her own chooses to bottle feed …. working moms, SAHM, any mom – you go girl!!
Today I am going to highlight and applaud my good friend and work colleague, Jane. I’ve known Jane for many years from Dr. Zatz’ office where I work. In this photo she is holding some of her newly pumped breastmilk which she brings home each day to her boy. She is 11 months into exclusively pumping and, as she nears the one year mark, I want to shout out and congratulate her.
Jane had a tough time with her first born, and breastfeeding was not successful. This time around though with her little guy, she and I discussed strategies and goals to be successful early on. We laid out choices and options, knowing ahead of time – what her maternity leave was going to be like, how to juggle an older child, a busy house, her husband who want to support her in whatever she wanted to do. Jane knew her maternity leave was not very long, so we devoted our conversation and goal setting time to having her be a strong, exclusively pumping mom. This allowed her to be the best mom she could be – happy, confident, healthy, working full time and meeting the needs of her family and children super successfully.
After 10 weeks of maternity leave Jane returned to work and took it day by day, week by week and set herself up for success. She’s now a month away from the one year mark and continues to pump beautiful abundant breastmilk.
I’m so proud Jane. Keeping her boy in beautiful breastmilk for as long as she has. And the added bonus here is what a strong advocate and voice she has become for working and pumping moms.
If you’re in our area, and/or are a patient of Dr. Zatz – talk to Jane about being a pumping and working mom. She’s such a pro now, and has so much good advice. Reach out to us here and let us help you strategize returning to work and pumping for success. It can be done. And congrats to all you moms out there, who, for whatever reason, are exclusively pumping moms!