Most of you know that I’m a stay-at-home mom. I rarely pump because I’m hardly ever away from my girls.
However. There was one day when I wasn’t.
I had put in my application at a baby store nearby, and the manager asked me to come in and work the beginning of the week. It was on a trial basis, I knew, and I was eager to help my family’s financial situation. So I packed my pump and my lunch, kissed my husband and Abby good-bye, and went to work.
I ended up pumping during my lunch break. I was worried about my daughter all day, even though I enjoyed what I was doing. And I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed that I didn’t pump as much as I thought I needed. The whole experience rocked me, and when I got home I knew I couldn’t leave my daughter for that long again.
That experience solidified my resolve to stay at home with my girls. And I’m glad I did because I found out I was pregnant again the next month! I do take over my husband’s janitorial position about once a week now, but I’m only gone for a couple of hours, tops. I don’t even miss a feeding, though I’m generally a bit full when I get home.
Here’s the thing: I know how hard it is for me to be away from my girls for more than a couple of hours. Yes, it’s needed at times, but I’m always excited to see them again. For the mamas who pump and work, I have the highest respect and admiration. It takes a lot to be that dedicated to providing your baby with the breastmilk he or she needs, and it’s also a huge testament to what you are willing to do for your baby. For some of you, that includes taking galactagogues. For others, it means supplementing with formula or another mom’s breastmilk. Either way, I admire the work that you do to love your baby from afar.
Do you work outside of the home? How do you show your baby love when you’re working?
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