How Breastpumping Inspired Me to Quit my Job and Launch my own Business!
Welcome Carnival of Breastfeeding Readers!
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child at 38, a good friend of mine asked me if I was going to pump. I looked at her quizzically and asked, “Why would I need to?” She went on to tell me that she and her husband had chosen to pump primarily so that he could feed the baby and therefore bond with her as she was.
That night, I talked to my husband about it. My husband, Mike, is one of the most endearingly sensitive men I have ever met. He cried when he said his vows at our wedding, he cried when our daughters were born and he cried when he kissed my belly for our pregnancy photos. He said the pumping sounded like a good idea. (All this and he rides a Harley too!)
After our daughter was born and we waited the recommended 4-6 weeks before introducing a bottle, I sat down at the kitchen table and stuck these plastic funnel doo-hickeys on my breasts and lo and behold, the milk started flowing into the bottles! Who knew? And needless to say, Mike cried the first time he fed each of our daughters.
When I started to pump on a daily basis, I experimented with various positions and locations around the house. I leaned-up against the kitchen table to try to pin the horns between my body and the table so that I could at least turn the pages in a magazine, however it didn’t work too well – I couldn’t turn the pages (even with my elbows) and it was pretty uncomfortable. I tried to simply hold the horns with my hands, however, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused them to go numb and ache within a few minutes.
So I plunked myself down in front of my computer and Googled “pump hands-free”. I found a handful of products, all of which were expensive, fiddly and “less than attractive” (insert eye roll here). Why is it, that when we become a mom, it is assumed that we no longer have any style?
I let the idea stew in the back of my mind for a week or so, and then I decided to try to construct something on my sewing machine that would hold the horns for me.
Three years of research and development later, my website selling PumpEase® hands-free pumping supports went live! I now have the freedom to stay at home with my two girls (3-1/2 years and 17 months) and be a WAHM and entrepreneur. Equally as important to me is knowing that I am helping pumping moms everywhere to pump with style and comfort, to pump pain-free, to extend their nursing relationships with their babies and to make much-needed donations to breast milk banks.
Be sure to check out these great posts from our blogging friends:
- Raising Baby Bee writes about pumping at work (and shares a great ‘do not disturb’ sign).
- Breastfeeding Mums says “electrify me!”
- Breastfeeding 1-2-3 writes about exclusively pumping for a baby with a cleft palate.
- Hobo Mama writes about donating milk for an adopted baby.
- Adventures of a Breastfeeding Mother shares her pumping tips.
- The Attached Mother writes about pumping and becoming a milk donor.
- Mama Knows Breast invites you to enter to win a free Medela Freestyle pump.
- Motherwear – our gracious host – writes about breastfed babies and bottles.