I’m not going to lie: Pumping at work is time-consuming, awkward, and just not all that much fun. But we do it because it’s good for our babies, and I’ve discovered few unexpected benefits to pumping at work. If I think of it as a 30 minute vacation during my workday (broken into three 10-minute chunks), it seems a lot less burdensome.
Here’s a short list of some of the fun and funny things I’ve done while pumping. (P.S. — if you’re pumping, get a hands-free pumping bra. They are awesome.)
- Worked on cross stitch and knitting projects
- Listened to podcasts (I like How They Blog, It’s a Thing, and RadioLab)
- Listened to the pump “talk” to me — mine must have been a cowboy in a former life because it often says “get along, get along”
- Written blog posts (three cheers for the WordPress app!)
- Listened to people carry on loud conversations right outside the door… and wondered what they could hear on my side of the door!?
- Put together photo album pages
- Texted with my sister while she pumps — boob bump in solidarity!
- Thought about how strange it is to be topless at work.
- Obsessively checked the padlock on the door every time I hear someone walk by.
- Wondered who stored half a Subway sandwich, 6 kiwis, and a bottle of salad dressing in the lactation room fridge and was too scared to come get it after actual human milk began gracing the inside of the fridge.
- Been asked if I was sitting next to a washing machine while on a work phone call. (Answer: Sure, let’s go with that.)
What’s the most awkward thing you’ve ever had to do while you were at work?