I breastfed, I formula fed, and I pumped during my daughter's first year of life. And while they all have their pros and cons, my least favorite was by far pumping. If you're a mom who has ever been hooked up to a breast pump, you're totally nodding your head in agreement. There is nothing that made me feel weirder than having some contraption strapped to my boobs to pull milk out of them, but I was also immensely bored. Finding things to do when hooked up to a breast pump was like lesson one in motherhood because holy sh*t, sometimes pumping takes forever.
And you know what else sucks about pumping? That you're kind of stuck. Sure, you can strap on a hands-free bra and let your double electric pump do all the work, but it's not like you're going to go walking around Target while pumping. (Props to you if you can manage this.) And for moms that pump exclusively, they're having to spend so much of their precious time each day hooked up to the breast pump, cleaning the parts, and storing the milk. I pumped just so I could have bottles for when my daughter wasn't with me or when someone else wanted to feed her, but it was still a huge pain in the *ss. You're bored, you're uncomfortable, and all you're thinking about is what you would rather be doing in that moment. So for those pumping mamas that need the time to hurry up and pass by, here are 11 things to do when hooked up to your breast pump. (Assuming your child isn't around because oh my word, that is a totally different struggle.)