Friday, August 1, 2014
It's World Breastfeeding Week! http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org
During this week, there are many events promoting breastfeeding and celebrating the milestones we've accomplished on our breastfeeding journeys. Breastmilk has many benefits to both baby and mom. First of all, it's a living substance with white blood cells that fight infection and immunoglobulin that coats baby's digestive tract, keeping germs from penetrating that barrier, which also is helpful in preventing food allergies. Breastmilk has the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats and this is the reason why it's considered the optimum source of nutrition for baby. To see more about breastmilk composition, please visit www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/bmilk-composition/

Breastfeeding may not always be easy, and there may be complications that arise that prevent baby from directly feeding from the breast. I want to get this out there, because it is SO important for everyone to recognize.

Pumping is breastfeeding.

There are a multitude of factors that may cause directly nursing at the breast to just not work. Pumping is a an acceptable option for feeding your baby.

When my third baby refused to latch, I went through all the stages of grief, I felt heartbroken that I was unable to have this beautiful at breast relationship that I desperately wanted. I thought at first it was me... but I didn't do anything wrong. I tried every trick, I did all I could do. I knew the best choice for my baby was for me to become an exclusive pumping mom. There is no reason to feel guilty for making this choice. Believe me, this route has been full of challenges. Hooked up to a pump for 20-30 minutes ten times a day is not something I enjoyed. The necessity of sticking to a schedule, not being able to hold baby every time I had to pump, the disappointment when you get less milk, keeping everything labeled, worrying over what is wasted, buying replacements every couple months, washing and washing and washing, trying to figure out how to pump in public... the pressure was strong. Exclusively pumping is hard!

There should be more understanding for moms that choose to pump, for whatever reason. There should be more support so we don't feel left out, and so we feel comfortable expressing in public. Our achievements should be celebrated because pumping moms are 100% dedicated. 



This year for World Breastfeeding Week, let's recognize, support and give praise to ALL families who use breastmilk to feed their babes! This post is a tribute to all exclusive pumping moms.
I'm lucky to be part of a wonderful group that's helped me become more efficient at pumping, the Exclusively Pumping Group on Facebook. I'm hoping this post will show everyone what it means to be an EPing mom. Thank you to all those who helped me on this little project! PUMPING MOMS ROCK!










Can you relate?  Please feel free to comment. What has pumping for your baby meant to you?
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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