I am the proud mother of two little boys. Colin turned two in January, and Reid is four months old. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, my husband and I both work full time. Oh, and I’m breastfeeding. Feeding a baby is a full time job in itself, so at the moment I kind of feel like I’m working three jobs. There’s my actual job, the one where I parent two kids, and the one where I’m dairy cow in human form. So how do I do it all? Uh, I have no idea. This isn’t a post about how to be supermom, because I’m not. Today I want to talk about what it means to be a nursing mother who works outside the home. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. And it’s worth it!
Before returning to work, I contacted HR to let them know I would need a place to pump. I was told to use a small conference room that was no longer in use. The only down side is that it’s in the building next door. Not a huge deal, but it meant I would have to walk between buildings, rain or shine, every three hours to pump.
I am still so thankful that I’ve been able to breastfeed Reid this long – 4 months and counting! I had some concerns about being a nursing mom and working full time, but so far it has not been a big deal at all. It’s a little more work on my part, yes, but I truly believe it has been worth it for both of us. Not only is my little turkey growing and thriving on my milk, but I have been losing weight without really trying, which is a pretty sweet deal! I also feel that we have a special bond. Every three hours when I pump, I think about my baby and how I’m providing nutritious food for him. I think about the snuggles he is getting from the ladies at daycare, and the fact that he’s being fed the milk I made for him the day before. I love my little munchkins so much, and I am so proud to be their momma.
When she isn’t working, parenting her two little ones (Colin, 2 and Reid, 6 months), spending time with her handsome husband, or sipping a cup of Hazelnut coffee, you can find Katie blogging over at Love, Lattes and Lullabies. Check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too!
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Katie! I admire all you working mamas, especially full-time working mamas who pump and breastfeed your babies – it really is another full-time job!