7 months and a proud pumper! Dropping session, traveling and scheduling questions.

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Registered: 04-11-2010
7 months and a proud pumper! Dropping session, traveling and scheduling questions.
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Sun, 10-10-2010 - 5:18pm

First I want to say how thankful I am for this message board. In the beginning, I had absolutely no support to pump, mainly because everyone I knew had no success with pumping or nursing. So the board gave me the courage and help to make it to 7+ months. I also feel like a pumping expert since all my girlfriends had no success. I am super excited to help them when their babies come!

So I am a little slow on weaning...I want to make it to 14 months providing milk for my LO. I have an incredible freezer stash, basically a freezer full leaving no room for our food. But I want to provide my LO with fresh milk for 14 months mainly because of cold and flu season. The last two months though I will not have a pump and will be dependent on nursing so I want my supply to only be enough for one or two bottles, about 16

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Registered: 05-04-2009

My pumps are not evenly spaced, so I know it's possible to spread them out unevenly through the day and not mess up your supply. I don't have an exact schedule. I just pump based on when my LO goes to bed at night, when she wakes in the morning, and try to get my other pumps in when she naps. I do 4 times per day (most days), and my pumps usually start somewhere between 7-8 am, 10am-12pm,3-4 pm, and 8-9 pm. My first pump and last pump tend to be much longer pumps because I go such a long stretch before those. Sometimes I only do 3 pumps per day, and sometimes I throw in a 5th pump. I just gradually moved my first pump of the day later and later and gradually merged it with my second pump to get my body used to going a longer stretch, and after merging the pumps, I had to make that 7/8 am pump very long. It is basically a power pump, because I go about 1.5 hours on and off, trying to empty my breasts after such a long stretch while also keeping my baby out of trouble at the same time. LOL. My last pump before bed is also around 1.5 hours on and off (taking breaks to do dishes and a few other chores) so I can get good and empty before going to bed. So, irregularly spaced pumps has been doable for me, and I think most of the other ladies on this board who have been pumping several months go a longer stretch at night.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09