Are you ready to get pumped?
This read is going to be about bottle nursing and how very few of us new moms actually do any before-hand preparation on how to pump breast milk.
Did you know that more women now than ever before are choosing to give their babies breast milk exclusively for at least the first year of life?
Did you also know that a lot of women struggle with aspects of nursing and like for me, it doesn’t end up being an option at all?
So what do you do when you are determined to give your baby breast milk, but straight from the tap just is not working out?
Read on to find out how you can be pumping prepared.
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Why Are New Moms Not Told to be Prepared for Breast Pumping?
For some reason, there is this taboo about providing your baby with breast milk any other way than nursing.
I can’t tell you how many new moms I have heard sadly express that when they went to their lactation consultant with latch or other nursing issues they never recommended exclusively pumping.
Some women even claim that their nurse or doctor scoffed at the idea when it was brought up.
That to me is just a little ignorant.
Why are new moms not told that they can breastfeed their babies and give them breast milk for as long as they want without ever nursing them?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can, and that it is totally doable and sustainable.
Pumping breast milk may be a completely foreign task to you, it was me!
However, once you have the skill set of pumping down, you can rest assured that you have the ability to provide your baby with your breast milk no matter what.
That is something worth getting pumped for!
How Do I Prepare to Pump?
Great question! How do you prepare for something you have never done that is actually kind of a weird thing to begin with?
After all, placing a suctioning trumpet onto your breast isn’t something most women dabble with before becoming a mother.
And again, breastfeeding through a bottle isn’t glorified like “traditional” breastfeeding is.
Sure, there is a Facebook group you can join with other e.p. moms that will lend a huge helping hand, but does it offer everything you need to know in one place that you can refer back to forever?
No, not really.
What are my pumping preparation options?
So glad you asked!
Let me first say, I have been the new mom who was full of anxiety and felt very alone in trying to do everything the right way.
I wanted to breastfeed the “right way” and be one of those moms who’s baby just sat at their breast adoringly in this picture perfect moment, but that is not what went down.
My nursing dreams ended at 4 weeks postpartum.
My baby had gums of steel and after a week of nursing and probably a poor latch (unbeknownst to me) I had a clean gash almost half way through my nipple that caused a horrible bout of thrush for both of us.
By the way, subscribe to get a notice of when my “how to treat and get rid of thrush naturally” post launches – soon!
I don’t share any of this to discourage you, only to be real and give you all of your options incase you need them.
Because this unexpected “fun” happened to me – it makes me want to reach out to help other moms prepare themselves to pump before they find themselves in a similar situation.
And that’s the main point – incase.
We do everything else as new moms to prepare for our baby’s arrival, but somehow we skip preparing for the different scenarios of providing breast milk.
I truly can’t think of a more important gift we can give our baby than our white liquid love.
Pumping is in Session
You now know my story and how I was somewhat thrown into an exclusively pumping scenario – blindly, I might add, lost and alone.
Knowing how difficult of a time I had teaching myself this whole new way of life, I knew I didn’t want other moms to face the same challenges.
Which is why I created “The Essentials of Exclusively Pumping,” an e-course dedicated to helping moms prepare for breast pumping.
Now you don’t have to be left in the dark worrying about providing breast milk for your baby!
What’s in the course?
The course is eight modules deep of in-depth breast pumping knowledge provided by yours truly, a veteran exclusive pumper.
Here are some bullet points of what you’ll learn about to help you be as prepared as possible for pumping.
- Access to a private Facebook group for students of the course.
- Step-by-step how to guide on getting your free breast pump and supplies.
- How to use your breast pump’s setting.
- The supplies you’ll need to pump and how to use them.
- How to clean and care for your pump and supplies.
- Scheduling your pumping sessions with printables.
- Tips to increase your milk supply and exclusive lactation recipes.
- Breast milk safety guidelines, storing and feeding.
- 1-12 months of printable art pump awards designed by me.
So what are you waiting for mama?
If your goal is give your baby breast milk how can you not benefit from dotting all of the i’s and crossing the t’s?
Make your breastfeeding a priority and plan to succeed no matter the delivery!
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My Final Thoughts
I truly want you to experience successful breastfeeding, whatever that may look like for you. Whether you end up nursing your baby for 4 years or exclusively pumping for 3 months, they are both huge accomplishments.
All I know is that I needed help to breastfeed through a bottle and I didn’t know where to get it.
I’ve had other mom’s say they wish this course was available years ago when they had to unexpectedly pump exclusively.
With all of that said, do what is right for you and your baby and I hope I can be of help!
Before you go, check out the course curriculum for yourself.