How do you balance pumping and being a stay-at-home mom?

Chicago, IL
Stay-at-home Parenting

Being a stay-at-home mom of twins is a definite balancing act—especially when you add pumping schedules into the mix. But after having premature babies in the NICU, this mom was determined to give her babies breast milk. Knowing the health benefits of breast milk inspired her to stay the course for a full year. See what else kept her going during stressful days.

Jamie's Tips

  • 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.”