Stuck trying to wean.. now what?

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Registered: 02-14-2011
Stuck trying to wean.. now what?
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Fri, 04-15-2011 - 8:14am

Hello,

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Registered: 04-27-2010
Sat, 05-21-2011 - 10:58pm

to get down from 3x a day to 2x a day i had to gradually increase the length of time between pumps. i also started slowly decreasing the suction.

i was also pumping for about 12 minutes, 3 x a day, but when i went cold turkey to 2x

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:54pm
Ok, so you're getting up to 5oz total at each pumping, 3x a day, correct? If you go down to 2x, you could be getting up to 7.5oz total per pumping (a little over 3 per breast). I'm assuming you can easily store that much, so you should be fine to drop down to 2.

I went to 3, then shortened the middle one to 10 min for 2 days, and then I was getting less than 24oz a day and knew I could store 12oz (6 per side) in between pumpings, so I dropped that middle one entirely. Once I was at 2, I started shortening both pumps--30 min at first, then down to 25, then down to 20. Then I had reduced my supply enough to ditch the night pump and go to just a morning one. That only lasted a few days before I could tell I could just skip it. All of this took about 2 weeks. The good thing is it seems to have worked. The annoying thing is that AF came back right away--oh how I should have appreciated those many months without AF!

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Registered: 04-11-2011
Fri, 04-15-2011 - 9:35am
i don;t know the answer but i have a question: how long did it take you to be where you are: