I admit, there are some things I miss about working out of the house: camaraderie and adult conversation and a reason to wear real pants and access to hand-crafted espresso beverages without having to clean an espresso machine. However, there are some things I definitely do not miss, like using a breast pump. I remember the break room well, with its high ceilings, tall windows (with the blinds pulled shut), a brown couch, feeling uncomfortable and board and all of the texts I sent my partner while pumping at work.
Perhaps I’d feel differently about pumping if I could have done it in my own office and not in a space that smelled like someone else’s lunch but, alas, that just wasn’t my reality. I’m thankful that I had such an otherwise accommodating space available to me, but the fact remains that nothing (especially breast pumping) compares to snuggling with my baby and breastfeeding him in the comfort of my own home, smelling the top of his head and hearing him breathe in between milk swallows. Wait, what? No, you’re getting emotional.
Before I turn into mush thinking about time marching on, I want to give a shout-out to moms in the trenches and currently doing the work/pump thing. I see you. Let’s take a moment to celebrate technology and how it give you a connection to your partner while you were pumping away like the boss you are. Here’s a sampling of the many, many texts that your person is probably receiving from you, because nostalgia and breast pumping go hand-in-hand.