How does your partner support you with pumping?
It doesn’t matter if you’re one day in or months down the road—pumping can easily overwhelm breastfeeding moms. Partners play a big part in alleviating stress. Jamie remembers her husband running breast milk to the NICU and washing breast pump parts for her in the hospital. See how breastfeeding and pumping are a partner’s responsibility, too.
Don’t assume the worst. “I worried that breastfeeding wouldn’t work out for me because I’d struggled so much to get and stay pregnant. But it’s one thing my body could do really well.”
Know that it gets easier. “Having a baby in the NICU was like a never-ending rollercoaster. But it will pass and you will get to the other side.”
Make time for yourself. “As a stay-at-home mom, I need to have personal time. A pedicure or a coffee by myself helps me feel recharged so I can be there for my family 100%.”
Accept help. “I’m lucky my husband works close by and that both sets of grandparents live near us. If you have people around you that you trust and who want to help, let them.”
Understand policy details. “Initially I didn’t think my insurance would cover a Medela pump, but with premature multiples, I knew I’d need the best. I had to have a few conversations with different people, but I finally got approval for a Medela pump.”
Turn pump time into couple time. “My husband stays up for my last pumping session. It’s a nice quiet time where we can actually catch up and connect after a busy day.”