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August 08, 2008

Confession: I Have Never Pumped

Cmbstephamyarianne Most people would assume that in the combined total of four and a half years that I've breastfed my children, I would have done some serious pumping in my day. But, I've never even once pumped. I don't even own a pump. And truthfully, those pump things kinda scare me.

I've always just kept my babies and toddlers close by, and since I stay at home, I have found that it's just easier (lazier?) to put them to the breast than offer a bottle. And bottles... we've never owned one of those either. Sometimes I've thought it would be very wise to at least keep some formula and a bottle here for an emergency, but I just have never done it. Thankfully we've never had a crisis come up. But anyway- back to this pump thing. I'm not asking for a pat on the back because I've never needed one. I am actually in awe of those of you that do pump day in and day out. Now that is devotion. And the things I hear that your pump says to you while you do it... this fascinates me.

This past June, Chicago Moms Bloggers Amy, Arianne, & I attended a one-woman show featuring comic Amy Wilson at Improv Olympic in Wrigleyville. She's a mother to three children under five years old and was definitely entertaining. Our tables were stocked with bowls of goldfish crackers and animal cookies- and children were welcome in the audience.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, there is a clip from the show you can watch here. It was one thing for me to be a little afraid of that contraption you hook to your boobs, but now they are making them hands-free and whoa... I think I'll take it one step at a time. My next baby is due in just a few more weeks. I haven't decided if I'll give a pump a try- just to say I did. We'll see how brave I can really be.

Original Chicago Moms Blog post. Stephanie also blogs and breastfeeds at Adventures In Babywearing.


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