Ladies, need some help.

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Registered: 01-18-2011
Ladies, need some help.
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 12:53pm
Well, I have been pumping now for a 6 months...until now things have been going fine. My supply is fine and all but I just don't have it in me anymore. Every day I growing more and more sick of pumping. I have that I never get to go to bed at the same time as my kids/husband. I have to wake up before everyone to pump. And I can never really go anywhere because when and where will I pump is always on my mind. I am just hitting a rough spot. Don't know how to get out of this one. What do you ladies do when you feel this way? I just don't know anymore....everyday I feel tempted to just stop and use formula. However, then I get scared that baby won't like it or take well to it or I will feel guilty and regret it. I know I am close to my goal of around 10-11 months or so but at the same time it just feels so far away! HELP! thank you in advance :)
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 4:47pm

I definitely can relate.

I am now 9 months pp and I give myself 8-10 hrs at night.

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Registered: 12-14-2010
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 6:55pm

pp gave lots of good advice, i would def try to rearrange your pumps so they are more convienient to you. i often pump right before i leavethe house or even while im driving to get it out of the way. pumping really truly is a chore, a total pain in the ass. you have made it really far, 6 mo is great! my goal is a year, 3.5

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 8:32pm
Totally agree with both pp's. Trying to schedule your pumps around your life and not the other way around is definitely is a must! I always did the same thing as the ladies above. If it helped to miss a pump for me to enjoy an outing- I did that. I did have to wake up pretty early for quite awhile, just because my supply was big and I couldn't handle going longer then 6-7 hours at night. But as soon as I could handle it I stretched my night hours as long as possible. Then I was much happier :)
I have to say that I've hated pumping all alone, but I just made a decision not to give my son formula for as long as I have milk. Have to say I never thought it would be so long, lol( 14.5 months now). What helped me is just thinking that it's really just one year of my life, but it will make a huge difference for my son's health! I will have all the time in my life to enjoy myself and do other things I want to do, but I only have this one year to give my son this gift...you just can find something that will keep you going! Whatever helps!
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Registered: 01-09-2011
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 3:39pm
I've given myself permission to use formula if I have to and to only pump as much as I feel like I can. My son deserves a mom who doesn't resent him, you know? So far my supply is really good, but at night, if I don't feel like pumping at that moment, I don't. If I need to stop because he needs me and is upset? I stop. Every bit that you give your baby is a gift and better than what s/he would have otherwise, but the baby does not demand that you martyr yourself to the pump.
Unlike many of the pumpers on this board, I prefer a bunch of short pumps (my son is 5 months old) to a few long ones. So I don't pump more than 12 or 15 minutes at a time, but I do it around 8 or 10 times a day. I am a pretty good producer and usually get about 5 or 6 oz in a pump. So I can miss a couple a day and still have some to freeze. And it's made me feel so much better about the whole thing.