I’ll Pump For You by Sheri Sturniolo (Creative Writing Month)

As part of creative writing month on the blog, we’re sharing this poem submitted by guest contributor Sheri Sturniolo.

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I’ll Pump For You by Sheri Sturniolo

My sweet little baby so small and so new, 
it’s only the best that I’m wanting for you 

To nourish your brain, each finger and toe I’ll give all I can to help you to grow

Breastmilk is the best, I know it is true,
I’m hoping that’s something my body can do 

Lanolin, Boppy, a new bra or two, all set for the moment you come into view

But you come a bit early before you were due, your sweet little face, love truer than 
true.  You’re too weak to nurse so we’ll have to make do, no nursing for now so I’ll pump for you
I’ll pump when I’m tired and the pain is non-stop 
I’ll pump when it’s yielding just a few little drops, 
I’ll look in your eyes a deep ocean of blue,
I’ll hook up once again and I’ll pump for you

Every three hours like I’m told that I should Pumping and pumping as much as I could
I’ll pump in the day and all through the night
I’ll pump in the dark or at morning’s first light
I’ll pump cause I know rewards you will reap
I’ll keep up the pumping when I’m still half asleep
Your home now and stronger and we’re trying to nurse And I’m thinking those bottles might have been a curse 
My milk comes to slow, it’s work you won’t do, so after time “trying”, I’ll be pumping for you
I’ll pump when I’m happy or tired and blah
I’ll pump when I’m sick and my nipples are raw
When I’m out with my friends for some time to renew, I know you’ll be waiting so I’ll pump for you
Your getting bigger and bigger my sweet little one And I’m hoping this pumping can really be done
My milk has come in and there’s much to be had, But it’s coming too fast now and it’s making you mad. 
I keep trying to nurse like I wanted to do
But you simply won’t have it so I’ll pump for you
I’ll pump when my energy is starting to fade
I’ll pump when you’re drinking the last bottle i made
I’ll pump in the car on the way home from work as I deal with the traffic and a road-raging jerk 
When the rest of the house is tucked into bed, not me my sweet baby I’ll be pumping instead 
When I’m all hot and sweaty and it’s 102, You still need to eat so I’ll pump for you

And if all of this pumping can’t keep up with you, And it’s time to bid our dear pump an adieu, when the milk just wont come from this body of mine 
Well, my sweet baby, formula will work fine

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Sheri Sturniolo
Sheri Sturniolo

I'm a pediatric nurse, self-published children's book author and mother to two sweet babes born from the awesome gift of embryo adoption. I've learned through years of infertility that life doesn't always turn out how we expect, rather it offers us a journey we didn't even know we wanted. I love to celebrate all of those wonderfully unexpected journeys through my writing.

1 Comment
  1. Sheri, you are an amazing person. You are a wonderful friend, an excellent nurse and a marvelous mother, a creative writer, a splendid spouse…….the list goes on and on………. I wish you the best always. Happy Mother’s Day. ?????

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