I've packed it all away
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|Tue, 12-02-2008 - 2:51pm|
I have finally done it. I have weaned from the pump WITHOUT a single clog. I have just finished giving all the pump parts a good scrubbing and have packed everything I need, or hopefully will never need again, lol, in the pump. I have even written a list of pumping tips to store with it all as I am TTC again. My darling son is happy drinking cow's milk and is doing well. I have to say that I did feel guilty for weaning. I could have easily kept on pumping for longer. I had a nice little routine going, and I kind of miss my three hours of devoted computer time.
I should say HOW I weaned, because when I was considering it I wanted to hear how everyone else did it. I followed the tips on kellymom.com for weaning from the pump. What worked for me was to keep my regular schedule (6am, 2pm and 10pm) only shorten the sessions by 2 minutes every couple of days. I was at one hour each session, and after an initial jump to 50 minutes, I started the decrease slowly. I did great until I got to 20 minutes. I found I was letting down right around 15-17 minutes in, and felt bad about stopping during a let-down. The amount of milk I collected dropped off pretty fast, but I wouldn't let myself feel sad about it. That's what was SUPPOSED to happen, I would tell myself. Then the day before Thanksgiving I just decided to stop altogether. I'm not sure why I did that. By Thanksgiving night I was huge and sore and rock hard. I pumped for 40 minutes and got 8 ounces, which was a LOT for me at that time.
I decided I would go back to the original plan, but now I was only going to pump at 10am and 10pm, and only for 20 minutes, and drop 2 minutes every other day. By the third session I didn't even get enough milk to cover the bottom of the collection bottle. I finally said out loud that I was done. DONE! My body is mine. I can drink coffee again without feeling guilty. My kids can have sleepovers in the basement, where I would pump. Things are SO nice now. AND I get to snuggle with my hubby in our bed before he falls asleep.
I NEVER would have made it to a year without the support from this message board. Thank you to all of you for your advice and for sharing your experiences. Good luck to those of you that are just beginning. Be proud of yourselves for your commitment to your baby's health. Good luck to those getting ready to wean. It's such a wonderful feeling to reach your goal, even if you are the only one cheering. Thanks, everyone! Take care!!