It’s been a good year or so since I’ve used a breast pump, but the memories are etched into my soul. There’s something about strapping yourself to a machine (or, holding one up to yourself) and allowing it to manipulate sensitive parts of your body that just kinda stays with you. As routine as pumping became, it never quite felt "normal" to me. Perhaps other moms have enjoyed different experiences, but many of the things that’ll happen the first time you pump are confusing, startling, and just plain weird. Furthermore, and for better or worse, many of those things continue throughout your breastfeeding journey. Isn't motherhood amazing and just, you know, the best?
There’s something to be said for one’s first introduction to a breast pump. I spent a couple desperate days using a hand pump as I waited for my electric one to arrive (thanks, insurance!), but I still didn’t feel prepared for the many cords and plugs and flanges that the electric pump brought into my life. I mean, anything with a flange is kind of intimidating, but when those flanges attach to a very sensitive part of my body? Yikes. And, ouch. I’m pretty removed from that process but even thinking about it now gives me all the feels.
So, in the name of solidarity to all you pumping mamas out there (and because a hilarious walk down memory lane is always a good time) here’s what’s practically bound to happen to anyone else experiencing a breast pump for the first time. Stay strong, breastfeeding moms. Stay strong.