Should I stop?

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Registered: 11-19-2012
Should I stop?
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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 12:18pm

I'd really appreciate some opinions.

My daughter is 4 mo old as of yesterday.  I have been exclusively pumping since the day she was born.  I used to make just enought to keep up with her and I even had some in storage before her growth spurts.  She then starting cleaning me out as soon as I made any and we had to start supplementing with formula to keep up with her appetite.  Then, I was pumping every 2.5 hours for 15 minutes, even through the night.  She was even sleeping through the night and I would still get up to pump.  During month 3, I was in a wedding in Virginia and needed to attend a conference, both requiring lots of travel.  I would sit in airport restrooms and pump between flights.  I also came down with a bad case of strep and a double ear infection for roughly 10 days.  Our family also moved from NE Kansas to Denver, CO.  To say the least, it's been a crazy month.  Between the traveling, sickness, and the move, my pumping schedule went down from about 7 pumps a day to 4-5.  I then started producing only 1-2 ounces per pump, which in no way would satisify my baby.

My mom and my sister were never successful at breastfeeding/pumping and it never lasted more than 2 weeks, so I am proud that I lasted this long.  Unfortunately, my husband's side has a history of respiratory problems in infants, so his mom told me to breastfeed as long as I could.

I'm now pumping 3-4 times a day, because I started not producing during some of my pumps when I was 4-5.  She only gets 4-5 oz of my milk a day if she's lucky.  Should I stop?  I start a new job on Dec 3 that requires a long bus commute.  Is it too much hassle without much payout?

Thanks.  I really appreciate any comments.

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Registered: 09-27-2012
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 5:38pm

After reading your post, I am standing up and applauding for all you done and making it this long! GREAT JOB! I know I would have bowed out awhile ago.  I think you should do whatever makes you the happiest. If you decide to go on, you try to increase your supply (fenugreek and oatmeal worked for me). And if you don't,  you have to know you did an awesome job!