If you have a breast pump on your baby registry, you may want to re-think that choice. As of August 1st, if live in the US and have health insurance, a copay-free breast pump should now be listed as one of your covered benefits. Not even thinking about pumping? If you are on a tight budget, or have thoughts about how you might like to spend $1,000 (college fund, anyone?) consider doing some research anyway. Most women who breastfeed and work outside of the home (or want to take a night out on the town) find a breast pump to be a critical addition to their arsenal of baby tools.
There are hundreds of reasons why breastfeeding is amazing, and I don't need to list the obvious benefits here, but how about the superpowers of pumping that no one is telling you about?
You will know the precise location of every workable electrical outlet in your home, as well as those in the homes of friends, your workplace, and possibly the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport.
You will develop phantom limb abilities. All moms end up with a magical third arm, but in order to eat and pump at the same time, you will develop yours first!
You will thwart workplace refrigerator scavengers. With the cunning label of "Breast Milk" on the outside of your lunchbox, pilferers will be forced to lurk elsewhere.
Speedy assembly skills. The secret forces will want your help once they learn how quickly you can dis/assemble and clean your pump and all of its requisite parts.
You can be in two places at once... that's one up on Superman! By pumping in advance you can go out on the town for a night with your partner or friends... you can even go on retreat or take a spur of the moment trip to New Mexico AND feed your baby at the same time.
And we thought slicing bread was cool...
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