Whether you're exclusively breastfeeding, or supplementing with formula, when you're connected to your trusty pump you're bound to experience more than a few arguments with your partner. My pump was my lifeline when breastfeeding didn't go as planned, so I know I was irritated, impatient, and just on edge anytime I was attached to it. In other words, if I were to look over the list of fights every couple has when a mom is pumping, I'd have to admit that my partner and I probably endured them all.
I tried very hard, for very long, to make exclusive breastfeeding work. In the end, though, I couldn't, and pumping became my solace. It wasn't my initial plan, but it. at the very least, provided me with a way to feed my daughter breast milk, even if it meant being attached to an annoying machine for hours on end each day. No, it wasn't fun, but I made it work and pumping became a part of my daily routine. That doesn't mean it was easy to adjust to this new addition to my schedule, though.
On the days I was tired, still recovering from childbirth, and still trying to reconcile with my inability to breastfeed as planned, my partner and I fought about everything. It always started with the pump and, before I knew it, we were arguing about where the baby would go to college and how we'd ever save up enough money to afford said college. Yeah, our arguments escalated that quickly. So if you're in the throes of pumping and finding yourself butting heads with your partner, here are some of the fights every couple has when a mom is trying to get her pump on. Hey, at least you're not alone!