When you're a breastfeeding mom, you spend a ridiculous amount of time at your baby's beck and call. It's hard to avoid when your boobs are both a source of food and comfort for your little one. Thankfully, breast pumps exist to give moms a break and let someone else handle that next feeding. But even though it can give them some freedom, most moms don't think of pumping as a pleasant experience. And there are actually some common dangers while pumping that moms should know about.
I personally could not have given my daughter breastmilk for the first 11 months of her life had it not been for my breast pump. My daughter was never able to nurse, and what began as a stop gap measure to try and get her some "liquid gold" while we were in the hospital eventually turned into pumping around the clock for months on end. It wasn't fun, and I did run into some of the issues listed below. But I'm so thankful I was able to pump.
Whether you're pumping because your baby won't nurse, or because you're a working mom, or because you simply need a well-deserved break from being a human milk machine/pacifier, here are five some things you should know about pumping safety.