Pumped there, done that.

intlbfsymbol1This week is World Breastfeeding Week. The practical side of me says, “whew, I’m glad I’m done with all of that” and the nostalgic side of me remembers the beautiful moments I spent nursing both my children. Most of the beautiful moments I remember were in the dark of their rooms late at night when it was just the two of us and I would stare at my babies and think how big they were getting. Now here we are 2 and 4 years later and I can hardly remember what that felt like. I also remember that nursing my children wasn’t always so lovely- sometimes the pumping that comes along with it was pure comedy. Here are some of places I found myself pumping in the year(s) of being a working, breastfeeding, traveling mom:

- In a bathroom at the New York Stock Exchange – I tried to tell people this stuff was worth its weight in gold but they still wouldn’t let me out on the floor to try and trade it.

- In the galley of a plane. I was fresh out of batteries and the galley had the only plug I could find. (This is also a long overdue thank you to that kind flight attendant at US Airways!)

- On the highway going 65 mph- don’t worry, I wasn’t driving. Just distracting the driver in the passenger seat.

- On an Amtrak train- in the bathroom. Let’s just say I used the “Pump and Dump” strategy that time.

- In one of many bathroom stalls- of course. It’s where we all end up at some point. The quizzical looks you get upon emergence from said stalls were always amusing.

- In the airport bathroom- so many times it’s hard to count. I still feel guilty for breaking it to those adorable pre-teens that these things actually serve a function.

- In a hotel room full of celebrities. Well I was hiding in the bathroom of the hotel room and there was an event going on with celebrities and someone walked in on me- I felt like I was right there in the room with them!

- In the backseat of a car full of coworkers. You gotta do what you gotta do.

- Lots and lots of parking lots. Usually in a rental car.

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But I have to say, the best and most comfortable place I was able to pump was right here at work. Graco has created incredible facilities for women who want to continue nursing their children when they return to work. In fact, in 2008 Graco was awarded the Business Breastfeeding Friendly Award. Providing that special place for moms at Graco was a priority in the move down to Atlanta as well. (see pic above) Kelley & her team did an amazing job of creating a nice, relaxing environment for nursing mothers.  Once again proving that Graco is a family-friendly & thoughtful company to work for.

I can honestly say, if it weren’t for Graco’s support in giving me the time I needed, I wouldn’t have gotten to pump in so many of those places above. For that, I am grateful. Thank you Graco!

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6 Responses to “Pumped there, done that.”

  1. Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom August 4, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Love your list! I was also very fortunate to work for a company that provided us with a great pumping room (too bad they are letting us go at the end of the year, but I guess that’s another post). They also sent me many places while I was pumping, but were supportive of my needs, even shipping milk back at times to ensure I could keep my “stash” full enough to provide milk while I was out of town. Here’s my short list of places I’ve pumped…

    -in a dressing room
    -downstairs in a bathroom stall at a wedding reception
    -too many airline bathrooms and parking lots to count
    -a manufacturing facility nurses station
    -in a car driving 65mph (I too was the passenger!)
    -various offices at other facilities I was visiting
    -in a huge slow line waiting to cross the border back to the US
    -in my daughter’s room while nursing her (in case you’re struggling with supply and need some extra milk, this is a great way to boost how much you can pump, though it’s a hard balancing act at first!)

  2. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us August 5, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    I think your list was amazing, you are a very determined mama! I never was much of a pumper but thank you for the insight on it and I happily linked you to my World Breastfeeding article this week http://3kidsandus.com/2009/world-breastfeeding-week-my-journey/

  3. Kristen August 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Your list is quite complete I’d say. Kudos to Graco for always keeping it a great place to work.

    We’ll have to add another post in honor of the week that covers The Most Exotic Places You Have Breastfed You Baby!

    I could add a few top picks for that one and it’s only been 5 weeks with PJ nursing. (Well, I guess I have quite a few from when the Colbmeister was nursing as well 2 years ago.)

    I’m sure there will be more exciting places, but for now I’d have to say nursing my 12 day old little man in a church at a wedding WHILE the bride and entire wedding party were walking down the aisle! Nice! Yes, I promptly apologized to the bride and groom that the slurping on the wedding video was in fact PJ. Or perhaps at the reception in the bridal suite when all the groomsmen decided it was time to take their ties off. Whoopsy, guess I should have put up a sign – oh well nothing they won’t see at some point. Modesty has gone completely out the window at this point. :)

    Oh the things we will do for our children!

  4. Upstatemomof3 August 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    Oh my goodness I have pumped in all of those places as well. Well, except the celebrity party. And yes it is worth it but still I must admit I will be glad when the pumping is done.

  5. Stephanie August 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    What a lovely, relaxing room. It’s great to hear about companies that consider nursing moms.

    Is Graco also friendly/accommodating to moms who want to bring their babies to work with them?

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