Pumping is a hard job as it is, but it gets a little more tricky when you’re pumping at work.
ARE YOU LEAVING EARLY?
Literally every day that I work someone asks me if I am leaving for the day or if I’m headed to lunch when they see me with my big black bag and two coolers. No, Susan, I’m not going to lunch at 9:30am… sigh… I mean, in their defense, it does kind of look like a purse and a lunch box. I always laugh and say “No, not yet,” and kind of just leave it at that. They look at me a little confused, but they never ask exactly where I am going. Because lets be real, if I were to say “I’m going upstairs to pump,” it might make things a little awkward.
WONDERING IF TODAY WILL BE THE DAY SOMEONE WALKS IN ON YOU.
Even though the room where I pump has a lock on it, I always get so nervous when I hear someone walking up the stairs. Did I really lock the door? Cause if they come in here I’m gonna have to quit my job. Or are they going to knock on the door and need in here? Then I’m gonna have to explain why they can’t come in.
DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK
Guys, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve dropped a bottle full of milk or spilled part of it (or all of it) all over myself. It’s the worst. All of your hard work spilled and gone forever.
FORGETTING YOUR PUMP PARTS.
I’m not the most organized person in the world, but I try to keep all of my pumping things together, yet I somehow manage to forget some of my pump parts every now and then. I try to get everything washed and ready to go the night before, but sometimes I just forget to grab the smallest part and have to speed back to my house to grab that teeny tiny yellow piece that makes the whole dang thing work. It is SO frustrating, but it is reality. Thankfully I live six minutes away from my work. Or I forget to run the dishwasher altogether and end up hand washing everything like 5 minutes before I’m supposed to be waking out the door. It’s no surprise that I forget something when that happens!
SOMEONE IS ALWAYS IN THE BREAK ROOM WHEN I’M RINSING MY PUMP PARTS.
Every. Single. Time. Then they ask what you’re doing, or worse look over your shoulder with the most confused look on their faces. WORRY BOUT YOUR OWN SELF! Or they wonder what you have in your lunch box. Breast milk, it’s breast milk. Yep, now it’s awkward…
WHEN SOME SORT OF MYSTERY FOOD GETS SPILLED ON YOUR COOLER.
The only refrigerator at my work is the community fridge in the break room, so obliviously people keep lots of different things in there. It’s all find and dandy until someone’s food starts leaking all over my cooler. I know they obviously don’t mean for it to happen, but its kind of irritating when something weird leaks on your stuff and your little milk cooler smells like someone else’s leftovers.
I don’t know about any of you other nursing/pumping moms, but I am always ravishingly hungry. After I am done pumping I am always really shaky like I haven’t eaten all day long, so I always scarf down a snack and drink a big glass of water. I swear most days I can’t get enough to eat and I snack pretty much all day long.
Even though it is a lot of hard work, it is so rewarding to be able to nourish my baby even while I’m away at work. Even though the struggle is real sometimes, I’m so thankful that I am able to keep nursing/pumping for my little munchkin.