Here’s To Pumping Moms and Venti Lattes!
Recently we held a promotion for a group of over 2000 hard working lactation consultants.
We loaded up a Starbucks card, sent the barcode to the group, and told them to have a coffee on us. Some folks had totals that seemed like a tall drip coffee…nothing fancy…just their little bit. Some folks racked up totals that I didn’t even know were possible at Starbucks. They must’ve bought drinks for the whole line, indulged in all the sparkling specialty holiday gifts and got a venti quad shot extra extra extra for themselves.
It was so fun and interesting to see the purchases come in from all over the country, and it got us to thinking. As mamas, we almost always are the former kind of person. We give to everyone else, but only take the little (if anything) that may be left over.
This is true especially for pumping moms. From the anxiety around what we are eating and the water we are drinking, to wondering if that Altoid mint is the reason we pumped three ounces instead of four, not believing we are productive enough at work or having productive enough pumping sessions, we are always thinking always about not being enough.
We hold on to that blog we read about formula being “evil” and the guilt of “supposed to” and what’s “natural” and the myth of “try harder” and the advice to do this “elimination diet” with the whole world telling you that in order to be a good mother you have to sacrifice more and more and more.
That labor of love is what the world is made of…mamas carrying life, giving birth, then carrying life.
But as this year closes and we pump into the next, I want you to look for opportunities to have your fill, mama. To give of course, but also to take. To indulge and to love and sacrifice for yourself in the way that you do for your family.
You deserve the double venti extra extra extra too. Here’s to a 2017 where you decide to have it.
Boobs do it all,