I know that some of you are planning on staying home with your baby and don’t think you need a breast pump — breast pumping is annoying, why do it if you don’t have to?
I’m here to tell you that regardless of what you have in mind for you and your baby — get the breast pump.
Through our partner The Breastfeeding Shop, your breast pump is completely no cost if you have Tricare. Plus, it’s so so easy to claim your breast pump through this company. I’ve used The Breastfeeding Shop and more than half our team has used it. You simply get a prescription from your doctor for a breast pump, send it to The Breastfeeding Shop by taking a picture of it on your phone (so easy!), and then choose your pump — all of the best pumps are available to you. Plus, you get a ton of no-cost accessories like extra breast milk bags, tubing, and the like.
So if you use your breast pump a million times or if you use it just three times, who cares! Get it!
Still not convinced?
Here are my top 8 reasons why you should claim your no-cost breast pump:
1). When you go back to work. If you want to keep breastfeeding, you need a pump. This one is obvious.
2). When you want someone else to help you with a feeding. This means, your spouse in the middle of the night. Your babysitter when you want a date night. Your mom, anyone. Even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you’re going to want to get away for more than a few hours.
3). When you want to increase your supply. I didn’t think about this one before I had a kid. But, if your are having trouble with your supply, pumping extra times during the day helps increase your natural supply.
4). When you think you’re 100 percent done with breastfeeding and go to an out-of-town wedding without your baby. Seriously, I learned the hard way. I didn’t bring a pump, and, well, I’d share a picture of me at that wedding, but it’s not fit for the internet. I should have brought that pump.
5). When the latch it too painful or if your baby has latch issues, you can still feed your baby breast milk. We’d all like to think that breastfeeding is going to be such a natural and beautiful experience, but often it isn’t. If you have the pump, you’re ready to get through any learning curves or rough patches.
6). When you finally get to drink wine again and obviously overdo it and need to pump and dump. Come on, people. I am not the only one here!
7). You don’t end up using it or only lightly use it. That’s OK. It didn’t cost you anything. Gift it to someone who needs it.
8). You’re done breastfeeding your kid but haven’t told anyone at work yet. With your breast pump in hand, you kinda get to just retreat and take 25 minute breaks. Not that I’ve ever done this before…
Read more about The Breastfeeding Shop here, and make sure to check out the company’s comparison chart as far as which breast pump will best suit your needs.