Do you ask for support as a pumping mom?

Amanda
Hollywood, CA
Getting Support

One of the best ways to beat avoid being tired as a new mom is to ask for help when you need it. By pumping and preparing breast milk ahead of time, one couple manages to make quiet moments for mom a reality. See what tag-teaming looks like for their family and hear how those little moments add up.

Amanda's Tips

  • Create a stable schedule. “Cat and I are both freelancers, so we can tag-team to create a care plan for Vivi that doesn’t compromise our work demands.”

  • Be prepared for changes. “A few days after Vivi was born, I went into the shower one cup size and came out of that shower another. Be prepared for some serious changes.”

  • Work as a team. “Cat and I don’t have a lot of alone time. We’ve become a team, though, and we find ways to connect while we’re taking care of the baby.”

  • Know when to tune out advice. “All of the information out there can be overwhelming. I found a balance between talking to my doctor and asking my mom friends for advice or tactics.”

  • Talk to your OB/GYN. “I wish I’d talked to my OB/GYN about breastfeeding, about what it would mean for me and what pumps would be best for my lifestyle.”

  • Believe in yourself. “Initially, I had so many doubts that I could do this. But female co-workers have told me that seeing me be a mom and keep my career active has inspired them.”

  • Give yourself credit. “Breastfeeding is harder for some women and some babies. Just because it doesn’t happen easily doesn’t mean it’s an end game. Any amount you can give your baby is a success.”