How to Help Mommy with Pumping

Jun 29 2016 0 Comments Tags: George's Musings

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LETTER FROM DAD

You readers have been hearing from Carey on this blog exclusively so far. But I am Carey’s other half at Hooter Holster and Creative Butter…George.

I am also her husband and dad to our daughter. By now you are probably familiar with Carey’s story and how it led to creating the best damn hands free pumping bra…Hooter Holster. I want to take a quick sec to talk about my breast pumping experience. Before anyone asks… No, I did not have sympathy lactation, as I am not an Indonesian Fruit Bat.

Exclusive pumping is a job of drudgery. I watched Carey pump around the clock – 6 hours a day total for months on end. Her double electric, daily-use breast pump looked like a dairy cattle milking machine. She pumped in the car. She pumped in the living room. She pumped in the bathroom. She pumped while on conference calls with clients. It felt like she was ALWAYS pumping. She was a trooper though and I like to think I played a small part in feeding our child. Make no mistake, this is no Hollywood ending. This is real life. If you are looking for a glossy interpretation of pregnancy, go look at (insert random pregnant celebrity name/link here)'s blog. But she got the job done. So, guys, here is the skinny on how you can help your partner be the best pumper she can be:

  • Create a comfortable place where she can pump. We had a space set aside and I made sure it was stocked with:
    • A bottle of water
    • A soft blanket
    • Her Hooter Holster (…obviously)
    • The TV remote
    • A book or magazine
    • Some healthy snacks
    • The Boppy Newborn Lounger (so the kid can hang out)
  • I didn’t realize she needed to pump ‘round the clock to keep up her milk supply. Hey, lazy! Get up with her at 2am and feed the baby with a bottle while she pumps. This makes the process go faster. Plus, you get some extra bonding time with the kid. Win-win.
  • Encourage her to sleep when she can and give her the peace and quiet so she can truly rest. As we all know, a well-rested wife makes for a happy life.
  • If she doesn’t already have one, give her a Hooter Holster hands free pumping bra. She will thank you for all of the reasons listed in our reviews. We didn't have this luxury – so we had to create the doohickey – but you can get one with the click of a button. Lucky.

Any moms or dads out there have other suggestions for how to support the pumper in your life? Please comment below. And if you enjoyed this blog post, please subscribe to our email list in the footer. It really helps us to grow our Hooter Holster community.

 

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Above: Pic of how George stocked Carey's breast pumping area to make her job easier


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