For those of you who are exclusively pumping, I absolutely applaud you. You deserve all the brownie points, and all the brownies. In my opinion, exclusive pumping (EP) is more challenging than nursing a baby at the breast. At least, emotionally, and sometimes physically too.
It's harder to establish and maintain a milk supply when you EP, challenging to pump and care for a baby, and often comes with a slew of emotions around not nursing baby at the breast. These are just to name a few.
That being said, there are countless women who are not afraid of that challenge and take on the EP journey with stride (and a whole lot of support!) And to those of you in it, I tip my LC hat to you (and my mama hat, and my friend hat, and my stranger hat) because I see the struggle EP mamas face in my practice, and I want you to know I see how hard you're working. No matter what anyone says to you or thinks, you're just as much a breastfeeding mom as any other breastfeeding mom.
With that said, I also wanted to provide you, brave EP mama, with more than just recognition. In today's post, I have some gold for you (liquid gold if you will). We are going to cover the topic of Exclusive Pumping, as I chat with an EP expert and share all of her best tips and a few of mine too.
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Recently someone asked to join our Facebook community and actually asked me if she was "allowed" to be there because she wasn't breastfeeding. She went on to explain that she is "just" exclusive pumping, but wanted some support. My heart sank. It's not the first time I have heard this either. EP moms are breastfeeding moms. They are absolutely breastfeeding moms.
There's a lot of misconceptions about EP, and a lot of misinformation (even coming from lactation consultants and doctors) that is absolutely not helpful to the unique challenges that EP moms face. Today, we'd like to make an attempt to not only normalizing exclusive pumping as breastfeeding, but to also provide support, advice, and resources for any of you who are on this journey, or may end up EPing either by accident, choice, or necessity.
I sat down with Amanda Glenn, who is an expert on the topic of Exclusive Pumping. She exclusively pumped for her first baby, and her experience led her to be the voice for other EP moms. Amanda runs a popular EP facebook group with over 24000 members, operates Exclusive Pumping the blog, and uses her expertise as an EP mama to spread awareness and support the unique challenges EP moms face.
She was so generous and shared with me her best tips for being mastering an EP journey, tips for choosing the best pump for EPing, how to handle the emotional side of not being able to nurse, AND SO MUCH MORE. This podcast is filled with golden information that every pumping mom needs.
So please, take a listen, soak up her wisdom, and then check out the resources she had to share below!
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