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Tell Mommy: What Do You Do While Pumping?

Ask most moms how much they like pumping and you'll almost always get the same answer, "I hate it!" The benefits make it worth it, but there's something about being hooked up to a machine that warrants a ticket for noise pollution that can make a mama mad. Then, add the suction and inability to move around a room and mom feels like a cow stuck in a stable only the "farmer" is Medela, Evenflo or Ameda.

In an effort to normalize the experience, I surf the net, watch television and occasionally call my mom to keep my mind off the dripping action. She knows the sound and doesn't seem to mind it. What keeps you occupied when you're pumping it up?

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fsquaash fsquaash 8 years
FYI--You may not need special pumps or bras to go hands free. Just put the "suction cups" in your regular or nursing bra and let the electric powered suction do the rest.
bessa bessa 8 years
I hate pumping. It's such an interruption to my work day. With my first child, I pumped 2-3x daily at work for 4 months (so until dd was 7 months old - then we nursed for another 2 months, but no pumping). I usually would read or surf the net while I did it. With my second, I'm now starting my 4th month of pumping at work. It sucks. There's not much good about it. I can't wait to stop. At home when I have to pump, I just stand at the kitchen counter and wait for it to be over. I've never done the handsfree. I don't want to change from my bsns. suit into a bustier every time I need to pump. And I'm not wearing one of those things every day for 5 months!
babysugar babysugar 8 years
fsquaash - that is hilarious! i should try that this weekend on our road trip. i have pumped many times in my car but not while driving. i love that.
Moms Moms 8 years
Pumping drove me crazy. I suppose the hands free pump would be the best bet now that it's on the market.
fsquaash fsquaash 8 years
I mostly nurse, but pump once a day for my twins when I'm at work part-time. This may sound crazy, but I've found I can tuck the pump phalanges under my shirt and pump while I drive home from work. I have a car power adapter and I set up everything before I put the car in drive. It's completely hands-free while I'm on the road and a huge time saver.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i tried to relax so i could get my letdown! i had such a hard time getting my let down with that darn pump, luckily i only had to do it a couple of times a week when i left my daughter with the babysitter but it was awful. sometime i would have to do it three times before i got the letdown.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I only pumped for a few weeks, but I didn't have a hands-free setup. So I mostly just watched TV. It was actually not that bad because it was a guaranteed few minutes here and there throughout the day where I could get away and watch some shows saved on my DVR. But if I were planning to pump longer term, I would definitely do hands free so I would have more options.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I would pump in her room in the rocking chair and just was my alone time. If I was at work I would just hope no one would knock on the office door even though I had a note that said "Do not disturb: Mommy business"
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I pumped exclusively with my daughter so I was ALWAYS hooked up to the machine! I made my own "hands-free" bra and then I would read magazines, watch tv or use the computer.
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