Pumping at work is hard. Parents often encounter tricky schedules, unsupportive work environments, and other barriers that come with working and breastfeeding. Raysheea has pushed through it all! Check out her story below.
Can you tell us a little about your breastfeeding journey? What are your goals for pumping?
I have always dreamed of breastfeeding my children from a young age. It just always made sense to me. Pumping was another story. It’s not glamorous at all it’s a task, another job. My goal was to at least pump until 1 and then reevaluate.
What difficulties have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
My biggest difficulty with pumping was focusing. If I was stressed, no milk. If I was mad, no milk. I literally had to clear my mind everyday and focus on the task at hand. My baby needed mommy’s milk so I would think about him and positive things and the milk would flow.
What do you wish others knew about pumping?
I wish others knew pumping takes patience. A lot of people just quit and say they didn’t respond to the pump. They are ways to get your body to respond. There are manual pumps and they can hand express- its work but it’s worth it.
How has Milky Mommas helped you?
Milky Mommas is a central location for all things breastfeeding. I love the support and advice you can give and receive. I have added tons of new moms to this group.
Thank you for sharing Milky Mommas with your friends, Raysheea! And thank you for letting Milky Mommas share your journey with you! Congratulations on all your hard work!