New questions about dropping pumps and schedules

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Registered: 11-26-2010
New questions about dropping pumps and schedules
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Sat, 11-27-2010 - 12:51am

I am new and was so happy to find this forum.

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Sat, 11-27-2010 - 9:51am

Welcome to the board!

I also didn't pump on a schedule, and I "dropped" my pumps by extending the average amount of time between pumps. So, instead of making your average interval 3 hours, you could make it 4 hours. Another option is to keep your pumps spaced around 3 hours during the day, and allow yourself a longer stretch at night. Whenever you're ready to extend the time longer than your current maximum, you can gradually wait an extra15-20 mins every 2-3 days.

There's no real rule about how long you have to wait to drop another pump. You might want to wait at least a week so you can let your body adjust to 7 pumps before dropping again. The outcomes after dropping pumps are so different for each individual. Some ladies gain ounces, some start losing as soon as they start dropping pumps, and some maintain the same supply until they drop more pumps.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Sat, 11-27-2010 - 10:47am
I also first dropped pumps by just extending the time between them. The first one to go was of course the MOTN :) but I didn't really wait to drop it, once my son started sleeping for about 5 hours at night, so did I ( and that happened in less then a month pp). Once I started sleeping longer my supply increased. For other pumps I waited quite a bit to drop them but I didn't really pumped more then 6-7 times once I didn't pump MOTN. So first I went every 3.5 hours, then every 4 and so on. They were pretty evenly spaced since I thought that would prevent getting clogs, which I'm very prone to. But they were not really on a schedule till I dropped to 4 pumps. Then at 4 I started pumping on a schedule, I found that worked better for organizing myself. I also waited awhile to drop another pump, usually about a month (which I know is unnecessary), but I wanted to make sure I didn't loose any supply. But it also depends on how long you are planning to go on with pumping.
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Registered: 11-26-2010
Mon, 11-29-2010 - 10:08pm

Thanks!