Callie Here 🙂
If you are an exclusive pumping mom lets face it… its really freaking hard. No one knows how time consuming it is until you have to do it. Moms can be EP by choice or if their babe does not latch properly and they still want to provide for their little one.. they may choose the EP life.
I made it to 9.5 months EP. Nine months was my goal… and soon as that hit, gosh I was so done. I was over the pumps, I was over the full boobs feeling, I was over washing the pump parts, and mostly I was really over taking time away from my son to go pump. That sucked and was the hardest. Luckily I had a decent freezer stash so me stopping gave us enough milk till he was a year (mixing some formula in too when needed)
These are my tips/tricks that helped me stay sane and on track during my EP journey.
- Hydrations is key
- A great support system
- If you can afford it a hands free pump
- Set short term goals
- Exclusive Pumping is breastfeeding
Hydration, hydration!!!! Ladies you have to drink your water in order to make your milk! I noticed if I did not drink four 32 oz cups daily my supply would not sustain. I am a visual person so I purchased a 32 cup and I made sure I drank 4 of those daily. I also read in one of my pumping groups to drink the Body Armor sports drinks and wow did those work! They have a lot of electrolyte’s in them so if you are a dehydrated person boom supply can go up (this may not happen for everyone)
A great support system. This person can be your spouse/partner, best friend, or family. EP is so hard. You have to take time away from your child to go pump which sucks. You can pump while taking care of them… but lets face it Mom’s its really freaking hard. So your support person needs to be able to help you when you need it and also keep you motivated to keep going. Be there for you during the ups and downs of pumping. They have to understand why you are EP and not make you feel like a bad mom for doing it. Chad was a life saver for my support person. He understood why I was EP and was supportive throughout my entire journey.
LADIES A HANDS FREE PUMP IS A LIFE SAVER- Well… at least for me. I made it to the 6 week mark and I had the S1 spectra which is not battery charged.. so I had to plug into the wall. It sucked. I hated that I felt like I was on a leash and had limited room to take care of my little guy while pumping. I invested in the Elvie and loved every second of it (Elvie tutorial to come soon) But there are so many pumps on the market to help make your live easier. (Elvie and spectra linked at top on Amazon)
Short term goal. If you are set at pumping for a year that way seem like a life span away. Set short term goals. I did mine every 3 months that way when I reached a new goal I was a little victory for myself and I felt I got somewhere. It motivated me to keep going.
Exclusive pumping is breast feeding no matter what anyone says. You are doing your best to provide for your child and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. Momma you are doing a great job and remember that. That’s the important part!