Mommy porn at the office

Thought that might catch your attention! So, when it comes to pumping, I forgot another important tip, make sure to bring what my husband likes to call “mommy porn”. When your breast starts to release milk, it’s called “letdown”. It occurs, after the baby has sucked on the breast, essentially priming it. The milk than releases and starts to come out on it’s own, the baby is not sucking the milk at this point, he is actually just gulping it. Well, in the case of pumping, you sometimes need to trick your boobs a little or they will refuse to let down. One of the best ways to get your happy milk hormones going is to look at pictures of your baby and think about how awesome your baby is. Videos work really well for me 🙂

adorable photos will help with letdown

What doesn’t work well? A stressful environment. I’m lucky enough to have a pretty swanky “mothering room” at my office. The downside is that three of us have to use the mothering room and apparently, my boobs are really malu (shy!)

I always pump by myself in there but the other two ladies don’t mind sharing. So yesterday, I was filling my bottles just fine, when H.P. knocked on the door and I decided to let her in. Well, the next thing I know, my ladies just completely stop working. The more H.P. talks to me, the less milk I produce. In a panic, I started flipping through my mommy porn on my iphone, but to no avail. The dairy was on strike. So, I packed up my bottles and pump and hightailed it out there, leaving her hand-expressing into some freezer bags…

I say, it’s ok to be shy. Whatever happens, it’s important to be kind to yourself as a mom. Everybody is different and some things will be harder for you than others. No matter what anyone says, just remember, you’re exactly the right kind of mom for your kid. At least, that’s what I tell myself as I try to negotiate through this strange, challenging and wonderful new world.

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