I made it

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Registered: 08-31-2013
I made it
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 6:38am

Well Ladies.....I made it!  My LO turns 1 in a week and we have started transitioning her to whole mlk.  I am down to 2 pumps a day and started to decrease the session time as well.  I am so excited!!

BUT.....I say all of that to say this, if I can do it, YOU can do it too!!  I started pumping when my LO was 4 days old and that turned into exclusively pumping within one week of that.  At the time, there was no way I could even imagine making it a year.  I had to come to the realization that any milk I could provide would be good for my baby and not put the overwhelming pressure on myself to make it the full year.  Instead, I focused on setting little goals along the way.  Sometimes it was to make it to the next 3 months or sometimes it was just 1 more day!  With each mini milestone, I found new drive to set another goal for my LO. I have to say that my husband's support was priceless....he has been so encouraging along the way and became an expert "bottle & pump parts" washer!  

Another thing that definitely helped was this site....it was very comforting knowing that I was not alone out there in this journey!  I appreciate each and every one of you.  You have given me the added inspiration needed to make it the whole way.  And for that, I thank you!! 

Good Luck and keep pumping :)