Without a doubt, the hardest part of both my breastfeeding journeys has not been what you might expect. It has not been those initial weeks where you and baby are still figuring each other out. It has not been managing the hunger that comes with nursing. It has not been cracked nipples, mastitis, or engorgement. It wasn’t even going back to work. It’s knowing when to stop pumping. It’s knowing the moment that it isn’t worth it anymore, and grappling with the crushing disappointment of not hitting your goal. It’s struggling to explain the despair you feel knowing you can’t…View Post
When I went to BlogHer a few weeks ago, I was as prepared as possible for pumping while I was gone. I had my trusty Sarah Wells Abby bag filled with everything I needed – my pump, my flanges and additional parts, my freemies, storage bottles, and more. I had extra supplies loaded into my checked baggage – my tea, Oat Mama bars, dish soap, a bottle brush, and even a roll of paper towels to air dry all my parts on. I was incredibly prepared for everything.View Post
One of the things I was nervous about when I went back to work a few months ago didn’t have anything to do with daycare, or with work itself.
It was packing my pump bag. I wanted to make sure I was prepared for every situation and had everything I needed to make pumping at work as easy as I could. I’m pretty happy with the supplies I have stashed in my bag, so I wanted to share in case you’re trying to pack your pump bag too!View Post
I so often like to write as if everything is sunshine and rainbows. Look at me, being crazy busy and making it all work! Look at me – if I’m doing it, you can too! I like my writing to be a source of positivity and inspiration. I am always trying to find the positive spin on everything I’m going through. But the truth? The truth is that I’ve been having a hard time. Things have just been hard lately. I knew having a second baby would change things but had no idea just how much. We’re so much busier.…View Post
This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. As a mom, and especially as a working mom, I am constantly multitasking. In fact, I rarely just do one thing at a time – I’m almost always doing at least two things at once (or thinking about something else). I think it’s just in our lives as moms that we will always be multitasking, and it’s definitely been true for me. Since I’m breastfeeding, one place I’ve struggled with being able to do more than one thing…View Post
It’s officially my last week of maternity leave with Ella. I have been so fortunate to be home with her for 15 weeks, but I am ready to head back to work. Since this is my second time going back, I pretty much know what to expect. There’s only one thing I’m nervous about – keeping breastfeeding going. With Abbie, I struggled with my supply while on leave, but my milk supply plummeted when I went back to work and I stopped breastfeeding at 6 months. I’m hoping to make it longer this time. Thankfully this time around I have…View Post
Linking up with Kristin today for Baby Talk! It’s taken me a long time to figure out how to write this out. Now that I think it’s coming to an end, it’s time to talk about it. Our breastfeeding journey. When I was pregnant with Abbie, I always assumed I’d breastfeed. For some reason, I though it would work without any issues other than the typical “starting out” ones. Oh, naive pregnant Jess. Photo by Mathy Shoots People If you’ve read Abbie’s birth story, you know that while I did have a vaginal birth, I also developed preeclampsia…View Post