As anyone who has pumped breast milk for a baby can tell you, breast pumps kinda suck. Even when you use the best, fanciest, most “mom-friendly” pump, there’s no escaping the fact that you’re hooked up to a complicated contraption designed to mechanically extract milk from your body. There are a million plastic parts to keep track of and wash (and try not to drop on the floor) and the sound of that electric motor wheezing away will haunt your dreams.
And that’s not even getting into the practical challenges of finding a private space and enough time to pump during a busy workday (I’ve heard horror stories of pumping in supply closets and even an airport bathroom stall—ew!).