Help, dropped to two, not sure?

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Registered: 03-22-2010
Help, dropped to two, not sure?
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 10:05pm
So I have been pumping since day 5 and fed my 7 month old only breast milk so far! YAY! I just dropped to two pumps, not sure if it was the right decision, feeling guilty already, but need time with my little ones and myself. How long can someone really go pumping twice a day? If I keep doing it, will I keep producing? I took a hit and am making about 24 ounces a day now at two pumps.
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Registered: 04-09-2009
Tue, 08-31-2010 - 10:23pm
you can do two pumps for as long as you want.
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Registered: 05-13-2008
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 12:22am
I am not really much help, but am about at the same point as you. My ds is 8 months and I am hoping to drop to 2 soon, but I tried it the other day and lost 7 ounces the first day so I am still at 3 making 40oz.
Ds drinks about 35-40. I was thinking if I added solids I could do it, but things are soo busy It's so much easier to give him a bottle than sit and do baby food...it takes him forever to eat.
All that to say I relate.
How much is your little one eating? If your still making enough to feed him I say keep it up. I have read of several women on here who stay at 2x for months so it can be done.
Mom to 4 sweet blessings. 5,4, 2, and 8 months.
Mom to 4 sweet blessings. 6,5, 3, and 16 months.
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Registered: 05-04-2009
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 9:23am
I have seen many ladies on this board pump 2x per day for a long time, so I think you could keep going at 2x as long as you keep pumping the same # of minutes/pumping til empty. If you are happier at 2x per day, you might ultimately keep at it longer because you might not feel so desperate to wean. You're still giving your LO a lot of BM at 2 pumps per day. Congratulations on making it 7 months so far!

-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: 03-22-2010
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 11:40pm
Thanks far the advice ladies, I have been at two for a few days now and wow what a relief! However still making 24 ounces and hoping not to lose anymore ounces. I will keep you guys posted, hopefully can do two times until she turns a year!
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Registered: 05-04-2009
Fri, 09-03-2010 - 1:11pm
Thanks for keeping us posted! I'm so glad you dropped to two successfully and are feeling better.

-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: 04-09-2009
Fri, 09-03-2010 - 9:36pm
it could take a while for your lost oz to come back.. you can try adding time to you pumps.. or making one of the pumps a power pump for a few days.. you can also add back hearbs.. unil you pick it back up.. it would take two weeks or 4 for it to pick back up.