Pumping in public

Celeste - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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OK we all know breastfeeding is a beautiful thing, and I have no problems breastfeeding in public. Pumping, however, is a totally different story. Today I was in a mall, in the privacy of a nursing room inside of a women's bathroom, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Maybe it's because pumping is still new to me, I don't know. But something about it just feels so artificial and weird... I just couldn't do it in front of people. Even in front of my husband, I feel a little awkward. And for crying out loud, we even pee in front of each other.

I'm going back to work on Monday, and I share a closed office with another mother who is probably my closest friend. But I don't know if I will physically be able to let down there, if I'm not in the privacy of my own home. Why am I so embarrassed about this?

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Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2011

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you definitely just get used to it. hell, i've even pumped on a crowded beach lol....i didn't feel like being banished to a hot car for 20 minutes. i just draped a very light receiving blanket over me because being able to see the nipples getting stretched and sucked IS pretty awkward hahah.



take pride in that you are giving your little one the very best, even though its not always the easiest option.

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2011

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I understand, but with time you will get used to it. I invested in one of those privacy screens for work. It helped a lot and If you can listen to music with earphones it will probably drown out all the distractions. Be sure to have a picture of your little one to help with the let down - oh and you can always use your nursing cover as wel. Good luck!

Justine - posted on 01/13/2011

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Its perfectly normal with time you will have no problem. Just until your comfy think about all benefits for you and your baby good luck.

Carolyn - posted on 01/13/2011

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i kind of feel the same way myself, i have gotten used to pumping in front of my husband, but my mom, who saw everything in the delivery room, and who i nurse in front of regularly, i cant do it.

for me, i feel more exposed and vulnerable with 2 oversized suction cups attached to each boob. unless im missing a trick or something, im baring all ! but yet i have managed pumped in an office in a hotel where i worked casually over the holidays with women walking in and out ( i built myself a little shelter out of boxes and sat on the floor in a far away corner.. but still)

im really no help, but i can sympathize !

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