How did you feel when the time came to pack away your breast pump? Were you relieved? Sad that a special part of your journey was over? Downright euphoric?
For Aela Mass, one of the mums behind the blog, Two Moms Make a Right, the experience of saying goodbye to her “dinosaur” pump was deeply emotional.
In a post to her Facebook page, Ms Mass shared that the time had come to “ship out” her beloved pump, as it was only covered by insurance for four months.
“I was so emotional about saying goodbye to it that I had to take a family selfie!” she wrote, below a picture of her wife, Darla, and their beautiful baby daughter, Ramona.
“Oh, Dino Medela, how you’ve become part of this crew,” Ms Mass continued, adding, “I’ll miss our middle-of-the-night sessions, our pumping-at-work-sessions, our are-you-kidding-me-I-have-to-pump-again sessions.”
They might have teased you because of your size, Ms Mass wrote, but that didn’t change her feelings towards her yellow dinosaur in the slightest.
“You’ll always be my first love, you brawny pump, you,” she shared. “Thanks for helping to keep our sweet daughter fed. You really have been the best.”
In a later comment on her post, Ms Mass explained in more detail just how important the pump had been in her – and her baby’s – life. “I’ve been exclusively pumping since I went back to work at 9 weeks – which is when Ramona stopped taking the boob,” she wrote.
The new mum’s post has struck a chord with other mamas, many sharing their own bittersweet memories of saying goodbye to their “breast friends” – or not being able to.
“I had the Medela swing about ten years ago it has been used to feed 5 babies now,” one mum commented. “I couldn’t say goodbye to it so it sits in the cupboard. The silly things we become attached to!!”