How Long Do You Plan to Pump?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
How Long Do You Plan to Pump?
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Mon, 02-11-2013 - 11:34am

Break out the nursing bras! More moms are saying yes to the breast.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of women breastfeeding their babies increased from 70.3 percent to 74.6 percent between 2000 and 2008, while rates for women who breast-fed for six months rose from 34.5 percent to 44.4 percent, and breastfeeding for 12 months grew from 16 percent to 23.4 percent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."

http://www.ivillage.com/cdc-report-shows-more-women-are-breastfeeding-babies/6-a-521192

Great news!  :) 

How long do you plan to pump breast milk for baby? Do you have a specific goal in mind?

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Registered: 10-24-2008
Thu, 02-14-2013 - 4:58pm

This will be the 4th baby I have pumped for (due in June), and *probably* the first for which I will have a choice of when to wean.  With my 1st I pumped for 1 year, giving all fresh milk and donating my extras.  I got pregnant at 1 year, and that dried up my supply overnight, so instant weaning.  With my 2nd and 3rd I got pregnant again at 10 months, but made it to 1 year with breast milk since I had saved my frozen leftovers.  This baby will probably be our last, so no pregnancy-induced-instant-weaning.  My goal is to make at least 1 year with fresh and/or frozen, and probably wean then if baby is eating solids well and will transition directly to cow’s milk.  I have never used formula, so would probably keep pumping longer if baby can’t take cow’s milk.  But with 4 little ones, I know life is going to be busy, so have no heroic plans for 2 or 3 years of pumping!  (And pumping is really my only option, due to anatomical issues and the fact that I work full time, with a nasty commute on top of it).

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Registered: 02-25-2013
Mon, 02-25-2013 - 1:24pm

My son is 4 months old. I had intended to breastfeed him for as long as he wanted, but since having supply issues, him no longer wanting to nurse, and switching over to exclusively pumping I am trying to keep my goals more short term. This is more to keep myself sane and focused than any other reason. My current goal is six months, then I will reassess if everything I have to do to maintain my supply is worth the amount of breastmilk I am able to provide. Ideally I would like to go for a year, longer if I can get the baby nursing again (unrealistic).

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Registered: 04-02-2013
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 2:16pm

My goal is to pump for at least 6 months, longer if I find that I can skip my overnight pump wiithout affecting my supply much.  I have been pumping for 2 months and already have close to 2 months worth of milk frozen, so I am hopeful that by the time I stop pumping around 6 months I will have enough saved to last another 5 or 6 months....I'll just have to buy another freezer to hold it all!  :)

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Registered: 04-03-2013
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 2:39pm

I plan to pump for 6 months and am stocking milk in the freezer. We want to try and have another child and since I am 42, I can't afford to wait. So baby will get only breastmilk for 6 months and still get it with other food for, hopefully, a year. Depending on my supply. 

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Registered: 04-03-2013
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 2:41pm
My freezer is getting crowded too :)