To Pump or Not to Pump (exclusively)

For me, it wasn’t a question. Breast feeding was THE one thing I didn’t research, I didn’t look into ‘how’ to do it, ‘when’ , ‘what’, etc. I figured, it had to be done, I’d feed my baby when she was hungry, and it IS a natural function of the body so it shouldn’t be that hard to do.
Why didn’t anybody tell my baby that? Why didn’t anyone tell her that she should latch on and figure it all out on her own? And that all I needed to do was sit there while the milk flowed lovingly…nourishing her while we looked into each other’s eyes and thought about her future as a neurosurgeon?
Ah well…so I was one of those people who had to pump exclusively. And by exclusively I mean, for the first 3 months, I pumped, every 2 hours, 24 hours a day.
Speaking of ‘why didn’t anybody tell me’…why didn’t anyone pull me to the side and say that I was crazy for doing that? Because at the time, it seemed perfectly logical and normal to me. Looking back, I wonder where in heaven’s name I got the energy to do that for that long. And the entire time, I felt like a complete failure for not being able to breastfeed the ‘real’ way. I couldn’t rationalize in my head that my baby was still getting breast milk and it shouldn’t matter HOW she got it, just that she got it. I guess I wasn’t alone.
Take a look at this article and tell me what you think: Did you pump exclusively? Did you pump at all?

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