help me drop a pump.

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Registered: 05-16-2012
help me drop a pump.
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Sun, 09-16-2012 - 7:55am
I currently pump 45-50 oz with three pumps. I tried droppind cold turky and got mastitis. I currently pump

630 am 40 min
Between 3- 4 pm 35 min
9pm 30 min

I'm going to take others suggestions and decrease minutes from each pump (also want to lower supply). I was thinkng when I shave ten min off each pump, ill slowly move the second pump closer to gether...so im pumping at 630 am and 630 pm. When I'm doing this do I still pump for the whole time even if the pumps are only like 2 hrs appart? Also at 2 pumps how long would you pump? I was thinking 45 min each.
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Registered: 04-30-2012
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:08pm
I wouldn't reduce the time on the pumps you want to keep just yet. I'd reduce the time gradually on the one you want to drop until its gone, then look at the other 2. You may find that dropping that pump will have a significant impact on how much you produce
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Registered: 05-16-2012
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 6:30pm
So I should slowly decrease middle pump then shift 9 pm pump to 630? Remember, I want a supply hit!!
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Registered: 04-30-2012
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 7:16am

That's what I would do.  I don't know how much of a hit you want, I would be concerned that dropping one and decreasing the others at the same time could cause more of a decrease than you want.

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Registered: 02-06-2012
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 4:11pm

I'm also trying to drop a third pump. I typically pump around 5 AM, then 12-1 PM, then 8 PM, for 40 minutes each session. Last week, I cut the time on the noon pump to 25 minutes, which didn't cause any problems, and upped my morning and evening sessions to 45 minutes each. Since then, I've been dropping 2 minutes every other day. I'm down to 19 minutes. I'm keeping the other pumps at 45 minutes, and then hand-expressing the last bit, because I just don't get anything more from the pump after that long. So I'm with you on 45 minutes each.

The suggestion I've heard for shifting the time (I think this might be in the Beginner's Guide?) is to shift one session later by 30 minutes, then a couple days later shift the next session earlier by 30 minutes. So you'd maybe do:

Day 1: 3:30 and 9

Day 3: 3:30 and 8:30

Day 5: 4 and 8:30

etc.

Since I started dropping minutes on my middle pump, my supply has dropped by about an ounce. I expect it to continue dropping pretty steadily. Depending how patient you are, maybe you could see what happens as you drop time, and then if you don't see much change in a couple of weeks, start dropping 5 minutes or so from one or both pumps.

I'll be interested in hearing how it goes! I had a hard time finding any information about how to drop to 2 pumps if you are not in the process of weaning.

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Registered: 05-16-2012
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 6:19pm
I had a crisis two days in a row at work (in mental health. And end up obly gwtting to pump twice both days... so I think I'm just going to tey to go for it again cold turky-just this time taking lecithin .. so far no supply hit :smileysad: on day 3