As if returning to work while you still have a child young enough to breastfeed isn’t enough of a gut-wrenching endeavor, there's the addition of a repetitive, robotic cycle of pumping that (if you choose) is thrown into the mix. Nothing strikes fear, or at least passionate frustration, in the hearts of breastfeeding moms everywhere than the mention of pumping at work, and everything that can go wrong.
Just think about it, there are way too many potential problems that can befall you when you mix a professional environment with a small machine designed to collect body fluids. Not that pumping at work is all that bad, or something that you should be scared of or shy away from if it is, in fact, something you want and choose and are able to do. Granted, I am thankful that I had to ability and the resources to pump when I was at the office, and that it allowed me to continue providing breast milk for my baby. I’m glad it forced me to leave my desk and feel a slight connection to my son, even though he was miles away. I’m even glad that it required me to sit down and scroll through the pictures of him I had on my phone, because I was tired, and I missed him, and I needed those moments.
If only it was always as simple as that all the time, right? Here’s just a snapshot of the many things that go wrong while pumping at work, because when you're a mother, nothing is as easy as it should be.