Take one day at a time.
I found it daunting to sit and think about "how much longer" I had to make it to my one year goal. I would be dealing with one obstacle or another, thinking, "I can't do this." I dealt with each challenge bit by bit, day by day, one for in front of the other. I hated traveling with. my pumping gear and milk, I've been so sick of night wakings turned into feedings, looking forward to us both one day sleeping through the night. The season is one foot in front of the other, and that's how I made it to one year, and then another.
Traveling for nursing/pumping mamas made easy(ier)! I spent the last week in March traveling to Vegas for a conference followed by a girls weekend. Even with planning pumping-friendly outfits and amazing pumping gear it’s still stressful.
As a third-time pumping & breastfeeding mama, here are my top tips and favorite gear for traveling while pumping.
I celebrate one year of breastfeeding milestone, because it comes from a place of great love, but also sacrifice. Society guilts us into thinking it should be "easy" and come "naturally" because it is natural. Breastfeeding is a learned skill by both parent and baby. Even IF it comes "easily" it can still be lonely and challenging at times.
Here are some rough stats behind my breastfeeding journey. I spent 456 hours breastfeeding or pumping for a year, that's over 70 gallons of milk produced. Take a look at the infographic for a breakdown of milk-making metrics.