Challenges of exclusively pumping

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Challenges of exclusively pumping

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There are some challenges to exclusively pumping, but most of them are pretty easily overcome. The biggest ones that I faced were from family who didn't understand. They were, "Wasn't it too much work? It's twice the work. Isn't it strange?" And what I said to them pretty much most of the time was, "My boobs. My baby. My business. It's what I'm going to do." Some other things were just practical. We had pump parts and bottles and nipples and our counter space was only so big. But you deal with it. A pump isn't cheap. But you know what? Return a couple swaddling blankets and get some store credit and you buy the pump that you need. My employers weren't totally on board at first, but there were things to do to get around that and they became supportive. And every challenge that we found as a couple, we just made it work.

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Monica Gregory is 30-something stay-at-home-mom whose journey to motherhood has been anything but smooth.  Seven pregnancies, two chemical pregnancies, one twin miscarriage, one VBAC stillbirth, two C-sections, and a total of 11 months on bedrest don't make her an expert on pregnancy or parenting, but they do make her passionate about her role as mother.  Before relocating from Ohio to Nashville, TN, for her husband's job, Monica was a commercial insurance agent. Today, she spends her days with Seth, three, Erin, one, and new baby James, sweeping up graham crackers, playing trains, blogging and cooking...all to the strains of Nick, Jr. in the background.

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