Working mom writing letter to her breast pump

A Working Mom’s Letter to Her Breast Pump

As a working mom, I have a love-hate relationship with my breast pump. Actually, the love part is an overstatement, though I am grateful that I have the ability to continue nursing after returning to my full-time career.

I’ve never minded nursing my babies. In fact, for the most part I find it quite an enjoyable experience. But something about being hooked up to that plastic machine day after day can really wear on me.

After breastfeeding four kids with no more than an 8 to 10 week American maternity leave each time (sigh), I’ve racked up a lot of hours with a breast pump.

As part of my most recent breastfeeding journey, I took some time to reflect on these conflicting feelings about nursing as a working mom and my time with the breast pump. Inspired by meeting another mom in the elevator who had the same pump bag as me (we bonded – pumping sisters!), I’m sharing this reflection…

Dear Breast Pump,

We’ve been together a while now

Attached quite literally

I schlep you to work and back each day

You are my front seat passenger

And my office mate

A poor plastic substitute

For my sweet squishy child

Yet you keep the milk flowing

For my precious little one

For that I am grateful

I’ve washed your appendages

More than my babe

I awake at 3 am thinking,

“Should I use you?”

But I am never excited to

You’ve given me sweet relief one day

And painful clogged ducts the next

You’ve spent more time with my bosom

Than my husband ever has

We’ve traveled far and wide together:

A Broadway show,

An airplane bathroom,

A wedding (not mine),

That work conference,

More bathrooms than I care to count

I appreciate your ample battery

You are a faithful servant

A friend I love to hate

When your time is done,

Should I bury you in the back yard

Next to the guinea pig?


The working mom

Can you relate? What have you and your breast pump been through together? Share in the comments!

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