Broken pump. Two work trips this week. Medela did not seem to grasp the urgency of the situation; just told me it was no longer under warranty. Harvard Pilgrim was a little more helpful, and walked me through getting a pump that was covered by insurance. My midwife is writing a prescription. The first supply store told me that they didn’t carry the Freestyle, only heavier pumps that don’t work with equipment I have. But Cambridge Medical Supply saved the day by offering the Freestyle (upgrade fee, but still) and overnight shipping so I can have it before Logan Airport and I need again. 

All this for a couple more months of pumping. Exhausting. Logistically complicated. I can see why moms just quit.

Broken pump. Two work trips this week. Medela did not seem to grasp the urgency of the situation; just told me it was no longer under warranty. Harvard Pilgrim was a little more helpful, and walked me through getting a pump that was covered by insurance. My midwife is writing a prescription. The first supply store told me that they didn’t carry the Freestyle, only heavier pumps that don’t work with equipment I have. But Cambridge Medical Supply saved the day by offering the Freestyle (upgrade fee, but still) and overnight shipping so I can have it before Logan Airport and I need again.

All this for a couple more months of pumping. Exhausting. Logistically complicated. I can see why moms just quit.

motorcyclesdontfly asked:

Recently went through your posts (funny, relatable, deja vu incurring) and saw an ask from another mom asking about jobs "providing" a place to pump. Unfortunately, job security barely exists for some women (me!). I was there over a year, was given 6 weeks of mat leave, and upon my return, was allowed to pump either in the supply closet (with a fold out chair and gross chemical smells) or at my desk (in an open office). There's no mandated requirements for how nice the places you pump must be ..

Thank you!

motorcyclesdontfly asked:

and honestly, I know other moms, and although they're "allowed" to pump, they don't have the job security to do so. Waitresses can't leave their tables for 15 minutes. One of my friends was fired after a week back at her job because she was "inattentive" (read: pumping) as a waitress, and couldn't even store her milk at work. It's sort of hit or miss with whether or not jobs will be polite about pumping. Though it's not legally ethical to fire someone for PUMPING, they can find other "reasons".

Thanks for sharing!

intermodal asked:

Props for going the extra mile for your child. Keep up the good work!

Thank you! All working parents work hard for their kids - regardless of whether or not they pump. Hopefully a little more humor and truth about what it takes to work and raise kids can make it better for all of us.