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Paying at the Pump

Katherine Chang Chretien, MD
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From Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC 20422.

Requests for Single Reprints: Katherine Chang Chretien, MD, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, NW, Medical Service (111), Washington, DC 20422; e-mail, katherine.chretien@med.va.gov.

Ann Intern Med. 2008;148(8):622-623. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-148-8-200804150-00008
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Long before my daughter, Jolie, was born, I acquired a top-of-the-line breast pump. Being the perfectionist, I had always intended to nurse my daughter, joining the ranks of mothers who pump at work. Having peeped at its contents when it first arrived, I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the long plastic tubing, pumping interface with separate connections for single or double pumping, sealing discs, bottles, as well as strangely alien funnels and connectors made of hard, nonyielding clear plastic. I quickly stored it away, relegating it to “after baby” status.





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