finally have enough frozen to make it to one year...considering slowing the EPing down (or should I?

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Registered: 02-09-2011
finally have enough frozen to make it to one year...considering slowing the EPing down (or should I?
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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 8:44am

My dd is almost 10 months and I finally have enought milk frozen to get her to one year.

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Registered: 01-26-2011

Wow I hear you loud and clear! As you know I am about 2 weeks behind you and am in totally the same boat. 3 weeks ago I made the decision to drop to 2 ppd and supplement if I had to with my freezer stash...well I have been lucky and am still able to keep up with my DD, though just barely. I knew that I was never going to make it to a year pumping 3 times a day (all the kudos in the world to those of you who have to pump way more often right up to a year!!!!). Especially now that the summer is here and there are more activities going on I was way to resentful of my afternoon pump to continue. My DH has been extremely supportive of EPing but he too was starting to get frustrated. At 2 pumps a day my life is sooooo much better. I am still on maternity leave (head back to work beginning of October) and so I pump for an hour during her morning nap...so I can sleep in...and before bed. Now that she is on the move it is so much more relaxing to be able to only pump when she is asleep. Pumping while she was awake was a huge source of stress for me. I only lost about 3 oz dropping from 3 to 2 pumps and I realize I am very lucky :) However even if I had to supplement with my frozen stash I would still be happy with my decision...and a

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Registered: 12-20-2010

Well I am on the same side as you two but in different boat. I am a LVP and had always to supplement with formula (till 7 month I was able to get 22-24 oz) and do with one supplement feed. I was pumping 5-6 times. Now I have dropped to three pump and lost around 6 oz so my DS gets two formula feeds. I am also thinking of dropping to 2 pumps and

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Registered: 02-09-2011
@ mapleleaf, I'm so glad 2 ppd is working so well for you. That is wonderful for summer and enjoying life! Wow - an hour pump. I don't think I could fit that in a get out the door for work. I had to go back at 6 weeks pp. But I may go ahead and try 2 ppd anyway. I kinda tried it that last two days and it seemed ok. My husband is also super supportive - but I do think he is also getting frustrated. I am also. I don't know what my deal is. I always said once I get enough for a year I'm quitting. And now I'm having trouble even dropping a pump. Silly I know. Thanks for the encouragement. @laals. You are amazing. I can't even imagine trying to pump while working full time (I'm 3 days a week) and have a 4 year old! Well done and I think whatever amount of milk so helpful. I don't know for sure - but I've read that all the good stuff is just more concentrated. Good on you for hanging in there this long. I hope that whatever you decide to do works out well for you an your family. As maple leaf said - happy mom means a happier family. It is easy for me to say - hard to listen to it myself! I think once I commit to this and just leave my pump at home on a work day I'll be fine!