Can't decide to wean or not

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Registered: 07-05-2009
Can't decide to wean or not
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 9:09pm

I was all set to wean. I went down to 2 pumps/day and now I'm back up to almost 60 min/day again (went as low as 45 min/day). I'm only 3 months post partum but was only planning to pump for 6 weeks then 8 weeks.... Little did I know that I couldn't just stop cold turkey. How long can I go on like this? I am now down to about 16 oz/day (almost all from the left side - 12 oz).

I think I have at least a month of milk in the freezer (using a family member's freezer too) - maybe more.

Is anyone else having a hard time quitting?

Lilypie
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Registered: 03-12-2009
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 2:34pm

I have been trying to quit for 2 months now. I am almost 8 mo PP was going to stop at 4, then 6, and am still going at 2 pumps. I went down to 2 when I joined work at 5 pumps and figured I will jsut dry up. But I used to pump 45 min each so I didnt. I am down to 25 mins in the morn and 15 in the evening and today was the first day I when I am likely to get less than 20 oz total. I had given myself until this weekend to drop the evening pump and then couple more weeks to stop completely but looks like it will just happen on its own.


I keep thinking I will stop but I think of swine flu and all bad things and it gets SO hard. I have about 3 months of milk in the freezer, and I know I will do my best to protect LO and anyone can get sick anyway. I know I will stop pretty soon but it is so darn hard!

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Registered: 07-05-2009
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 11:11pm

Glad there is someone else who understands!

Lilypie
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Registered: 02-28-2009
Wed, 09-23-2009 - 9:17pm
Do what makes you happy giving your baby BM for four months is better than not at all. EPing is very difficult isin't it. Ive been Eping for 8 months now and in three weeks Ill be stopping and I already feel a weight off my shoulders. Ill be returning to work when my LO is 10.5 months (god love the canadian maternity leave) So by nine months Im going to slowly transition him to homo milk and use up my freeze stash.
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Registered: 07-18-2009
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 8:42am
Just had to say WOW you get 10 months maternity leave in Canada?! That's awesome. Here we're super lucky if we get 8 WEEKS, the standard is 6.
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Registered: 02-28-2009
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 10:30am
We actually get 1 year off. And 65% of your wage from the gov't. My husband took 5 weeks off too, so I'm due back early. 6 weeks is rediculous!! I can't even imagine that. I heard in Sweeden they get 2 years.
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Registered: 08-10-2001
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 11:01am

Yes, I'm having a hard time quitting.

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Alexa

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Registered: 07-05-2009
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 12:05pm
How do you get 25 oz at one pump?
Lilypie
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Registered: 08-10-2001
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 12:25pm

I don't know.

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Alexa

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Registered: 03-12-2009
Fri, 09-25-2009 - 2:53pm

our story is so similar, i was @ 2 pumps for a while except I had to pump 40 minutes each and used to get about 40 oz total. I am so thankful for that because that encouraged me to keep going. I am at 8 mo now and I really think I am ready to get my body back. The swine flu scare got to me for a while too but then bugs are always going to be there and BM is no guarantee. I have frozen stash of about 2000 oz, not nearly as much as you do but it will take her to about 11 months easily. I think I will be done in the next couple of weeks and while I am sad, I am really excited to get my time back to be with LO!


p.s. one of my friends is in canada and they told us about the year off for maternity. they were shocked that my husband doesnt get any paternity and that i only got 5 months (2 mo were unpaid though) - which all my US friends think is so generous :).

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Fri, 09-25-2009 - 3:21pm

I am so ready to get my body back.

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