Today, I want to share with you the positive side to exclusively pumping. I feel like there’s an online word around exclusive pumping, but you can only really find the negative stories. I’ve mentioned this before, and it upsets me because I feel that the positive side is rarely promoted. And there is a positive side, a very positive side.
I’ll start by talking about the sense of achievement. If there is one thing which keeps me going at the end of every single day it is knowing that I am feeding my baby with 100% breast milk, my breast milk. Watching Molly gain weight and knowing that I am able to provide her with all of the nutrients which she needs to grow and develop is amazing.
I actually downloaded an app on my phone at the beginning of this journey, which enables me to count up the ounces which I am pumping, monitor my freezer stash and log how long I have been pumping for. Watching those ounces add up throughout the day is amazing, and watching my supply increase over those first weeks; I can’t explain the feeling that gave me.
There’s something so special about the bond which you get from exclusively pumping as well. Having never had the opportunity to nurse from the breast, I can’t compare the feeling to that; but having formula fed Georgie, and breast fed Molly I can tell you that there is a bond from pumping which you don’t get from pouring scoops of formula into a bottle. Watching that milk drip into the bottle as you pump, and then giving that to your baby really is special.
Plus, the emotional rollercoaster that exclusively pumping takes you on makes that bond even more special. I literally feel like I am putting my heart and soul; blood, sweat and tears into each and every bottle that I pump for Molly.
I’ve previously talked about the fact that exclusive pumping throws every emotion which you can experience at you, at once. I will forever be grateful for my exclusive pumping journey because it has taken me on an emotional journey which I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Honestly, I feel like I have come out the other side of this a much better person; more aware of my emotions and the emotional connections which I have with others. It’s a strange thing to try and explain, but I hand on heart have never felt so many emotions as I do when I exclusively pump.
I have never felt like a superhero Mum. But when I am exclusively pumping I genuinely feel invincible. I decided to take this road purely for myself. Some may argue that it is a road which you are forced down, but that isn’t the case. When you struggle with breastfeeding it can be quite soul destroying. I could have just thrown in the towel and formula fed, but I decided not to. Instead, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself to exclusively pumping and see what road that took me down. And I am so so glad that I did, because it’s not only changed me as a person but it’s shown me a whole new experience which I could have bypassed and I do feel that it has changed my life. I know that sounds soppy, but ah well.
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** I would just like to point out that there is nothing against formula feeding. In my opinion, fed is best and whatever form that takes is amazing. I have been a formula feeding mum, and a breast feeding mum and I am equally proud of both my journeys. Us Mum’s are literally superheroes and should all be proud of ourselves.