Almost to 6 months & feeling conflicted

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Registered: 03-12-2009
Almost to 6 months & feeling conflicted
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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 7:58am
My LO will be six months old on the 16th.
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Registered: 05-04-2009
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 8:52am
Congratulations on making it this far! I'm not a long term EPer compared to some of the ladies on this board, but I've almost made it 10 months now. I plan to keep giving DD fresh milk through flu season (probably Feb or March). DH and I have had the flu and a few colds, and so far DD hasn't had more than a slightly runny nose for part of a day. I am convinced of the health benefits for her, and I know fresh milk is the way to get her the maximum antimicrobial/immune boosting properties. Also, I enjoy all the extra calories pumping 40-45 ounces per day burns (and you're burning more than I am with your huge supply). Finally, pumping gives me some time to sit and read or surf the web. If I weren't pumping, I would probably get a little more house work done, but I'd also be more frazzled at the end of the day. So, I have learned to enjoy some aspects of pumping. That's what has kept me going. Good luck with your decision. No matter what, you should really be proud of giving your LO 6 months of fresh BM!

-Jenn


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09



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-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 04-09-2009
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 11:13am

Hi I have been pumping for 19 months now.. I would say if you can give lo bm trough the winter months that would be great.. even if you can save up a stash and then wean.. if you want..

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 5:09pm
Not wanting to spend money on formula has also been a big factor keeping me pumping. I also had to supplement for the first 6 weeks, and formula does get pricey!

-Jenn


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09



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Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 4:47pm
Hi there! Congrats on making it this far! It's really a wonderful thing you are doing for your LO! I'm also a SAHM, so a lot of times I feel like I owe it to my son to keep pumping. I mean if I was working it probably would've been different, but since I'm home anyway, it doesn't really take much to find those 3 hours a day or so to give him the best food possible ( I pump 4#). But originally I also had little goals, like 1 month, then 3 months, then 6 months...I tried to find little things that kept me going-like read a good book while pumping, surf the net, just relax...it's always the time that I have to sit down, which is nice when you keep going all day. Plus I watch my son doing so well, he's very healthy happy little boy. I just can't imagine now giving him something else instead of my milk. I also donate my freezer stash. So the lady that I give my milk to gives me a big inspiration. She's going out of her way to get this milk to her adoptive daughter, driving to other cites, constantly surfing milkshake site for new donors. And all I have to do is to find a little time to sit down and pump. I have all I need right here in a comfort of my own home. So those are my thoughts. Hope you find what suits you!