i know what you mean! i can't seem to let go of pumping either. i'm slooooowly lessening the amt of time i spend pumping each day, but i can't let go of the psychological crutch of pumping at least 2 or 3 times a day, even if it's just for 20 minutes each time.
you can stop. it's okay. 3 oz is not going to work miracles, and i don't know how long you spend pumping but it's probably not worth it anymore. you've gone 19 months and there's nothing at all to feel guilty about if you stop now.
now, i just need to listen to my own advice. :)
I'll argue the other side and suggest that if you feel so torn about it, maybe you aren't ready to stop yet.
I'm not convinced guilt is inevitable, with this or anything else. Maybe those guilty feelings are there to give us a push in the direction of what we really want to do, deep down. Why not stick with
I don't think that you ever get over the guilt until you just HUTH. I had a really hard time too, even though I knew that I HAD to quit. I was going back to work, I had a HUGE freezer stash (which we still have about 3 more months, 3 months after I quit). My sister, who was able to BF her kids, for over 2 years also had a hard time HUTH. Once it was over, I was so glad that I had decided to do it. It was just getting over the hump that was difficult, and then I knew I ha done the right thing. Plus, the extra time with my DS was well worth it, and he's still on mommy's milk!!!
HTH and GL!!!
Thanks, i really needed someone to tell me it's ok to stop, especially someone who knows what it means to pump this long too.
Thanks for jumping in :)
Yes, it'll be 2 1/2 years at Christmas.
I'm really sorry, I didn't realise carpal tunnel syndrome was affecting you! If I'd known, I might not have been so quick to rush in with advice which is the opposite of what you asked for!
That was one of the things which stopped me pumping long for my first child - she'd already
Don't worry....i've had carpal tunnel for awile now, and it hasn't stopped me from pumping yet!
Thanks, you make a lot of good points.
"That's awesome that you've been at it for 2 1/2 years.