I am one of the lucky ones.
I am not making milk right now, as my surrogate baby's parents have long since returned home and she has moved on past her first birthday cake already. To be honest, I can remember, but I cannot imagine trying to juggle nursing or pumping on top of everything else that is going on right now. As it is, I find that I am having to relearn how to multiply and divide fractions and I don't really love it. I can't imagine having to stop every hour... every two hours... every three hours to nurse... to wash pump parts and bottles... to hold someone who just wants to be held.
I'm not in your shoes, but I see you.
There are some of you out there in the same clothes you were in yesterday. Your sink is full of dishes and someone, somewhere in your house is crying for something. You're tired. You don't know what's for dinner and you certainly don't want to have to cook it. The laundry is piling up and that's without sheets in the pile since those have not been changed in a couple weeks. I know; I've been there. You are sitting in the chair... on the bed... on the couch... again, because it is time to nurse... to pump... to hold the sleeping baby that you wouldn't dare risk setting down.
My hat is off to you. You are stronger and braver and tougher than you even know.
I know that you have heard this a thousand time -- I am not telling you anything new, but IT. IS. OKAY. Let the laundry sit. Let the dishes pile. Let your toddler have yet another cheese stick for lunch. Order pizza for dinner. This time will pass and it will pass quickly. Someone will not always need to be held. There won't always be bottles to wash. I promise. I know it feels like it will never end, but it will. And do me this favor, if you need help: ASK. Call a friend. Call a relative. Look your partner straight in the eye and say, "I need you to take over XYZ." No one can read your mind (although, I agree, they should). You need to just tell them. I'm not saying this because you should "cherish these moments with your baby." Of course you should, but that is not my point. My point is this: Know that you are seen and loved and prayed for and that when this is over, you will come out on the other side having done your best.
How Breastmilk Builds Immunity: https://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/how_breastmilk_protects_newborns/
Breastmilk Being Tested as a Possible Covid-19 Treatment: https://nypost.com/2020/04/09/scientist-calls-for-breast-milk-to-study-coronavirus-antibodies/