Dropping Pumps (Schedule advice needed)

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Dropping Pumps (Schedule advice needed)
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Sun, 02-19-2012 - 6:53am

Dear all,
I need help with dropping a pump. My daughter will turn 12 weeks this Friday and I would like to attempt to drop one or two pumps to preserve my sanity and not feel like all I am doing is pumping! I was pumping about 10-12 times in the beginning until she was 6 weeks old. We had terrible latching issues in the beginning but now she will latch on but isn't efficient and I also work outside the home so I EP mostly. I get anywhere from 38-42 oz. My LO drinks about 25-28 oz (not counting the time with me). Yesterday I got 45 ounces but I think that is just a combination of fluke and my daughter not feeding from me at all.
My questions are:

1. How does this look for my schedule if I go to 7 pumps.
My current pumping schedule: 3:00 a.m.; 6:45 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.; 5:45 p.m.;8:00 p.m.; 10:00 p.m
My drop schedule (with 7 pumps): 4:30 a.m.;6:45 a.m.; 10:00 am..; 12:15 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.;6:30 p.m/7:00 p.m.;9:30/10:00 p.m.
My drop schedule (with 6 pumps): 5:30 a.m.;9:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.;7:30 p.m.;10:00 p.m.

As you can see I want keep my during the day schedule pretty constant because of my work but I want to adjust the early evening and night schedule to get more consistent sleep and spend time with my baby more.

2. When I drop pumps will I notice a difference in production right away or will it take a while for me to see the reduction if there is any after a week or two? I ask because I don't want to be in a position where it takes me a while to see the drop and I lose my supply in the process.

3. If there is a significant drop in supply can I increase it more by power pumping/getting back on the herbs(I stopped them a week ago)?

4. Should I drop to 7 pumps first before dropping to 6? If so, how long should I keep at 7 before moving on to 6? (When I typed out the schedule above the 6 pump schedule looked so HEAVENLY!!)

I know I am definitely making more than LO is eating but I really would like to keep my supply where it is at and have a good freezer stash for LO to go till 1 year and I know I might have to wean off the pmup when she is 8 months because I will have to start travelling for work and I would rather not deal with pumping when I am away.

Thanks in advance for any replies and advice.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2011
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 2:05pm

Hi there, it sounds like you have a great supply, so congrats!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 10:21am

Thank you for your response. I have started out with dropping one pump and I am now down to 7. It has been only two days but my supply didn't seem to get affected very much. Still with in range. Hope it stays that way.

The one thing I have been unable to do is to push out my first pump. I am pumping at night at 10:00 p.m. and

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2011
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 1:02pm

There are a couple of different strategies you can try.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 2:23pm

For all my MOTN pumps I moved the pumping time by 15 minute increments until I was able to move to the next or previous pump. I usually kept a new schedule for a week before I would move it again. Although the first day or so I might be a little uncomfortable, it was not to bad and my body seemed to adjust pretty quickly to the new length of time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 9:34am

Thanks for your replies.

I do produce the most during my MOTN pump. I get around 12-13 ounces at that time. But it might also be because I pump the longest then. I pump for about 40-50 minutes. So may be it is not such a wise decision to drop that this early. I guess what I do not understand is - lets say I miss the MOTN pump and wake up at 5:30, will I not make the same amount?

I think for now I am inclined to just deal with the fact that I will be sleeping less! Too bad if my baby was feeding efficiently from me I wouldn't need to be doing this whole wake up routine!! :(!

Thanks again!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 10:53am

After dropping all my MOTN pumps, my morning pump use to be my most productive. I use to produce between 16-20 ounces each morning. And as I slowly dropped the MOTN pumps, I added more and more time to my morning pump.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-23-2011
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 9:40am

Thank you! I feel like I am going a bit backwords with my strategy. Last couple of nights baby wanted to sleep early (and she nurses while she sleeps, mostly uses me as a paci). So I slept early at 9:00 and I woke up at 1:30 engorged and needing to pump. I got about 2 ounces less than what I get when I wake up at 3:00 but my next pump at 6:30 seemed to cover it. Both my 3:00 a.m/6:30 a.m. pump are long. I pump close to 50 minutes now. It seems like it will be highly impossible for me to move that MOTN pump but I hope to get there at some point :)! I am so glad I have this forum and all you wonderful ladies to look up to!