Weaning by dropping pumps...

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Weaning by dropping pumps...
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Sat, 11-21-2009 - 9:37pm

I have a question I need clarified - when you use the dropping pumps method to wean, I assume you do NOT add the dropped time to your other pumps? The Beginner's Guide didn't really address that.


Starting December 2nd (DD's 6-month birthday) I am going to start weaning. I want to start with dropping my most annoying pump (the 5 pm pump), and continuing like that for maybe a week, then start dropping minutes from the other pumps. Does that sound reasonable?

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 7:54pm

That is kinda what I did. I was at three pumps when I started weaning: 430am 1230pm 830pm. I started dropping the minutes of the 1230 pump (not adding them to the others), while moving it and the 830 pump closer together. So I ended up at 430am and 430pm.

Then I started to decrease the minutes from both of those pumps equally. Once they were both at about 15 min each I started decreasing more time (2-3 min every other day) from the 430pm pump and leaving the other pump the same. When I was down to only 2 min of the 430pm pump, I just stopped it.

Those first couple days of only at one pump were the most painful and I leaked when I woke up at 430am. I think it would have been better if instead of going from every 12 hours to every 24 hours, that I should have went to every 14 hours, then every 16 hours, every 18 hours and so on. But I thought that would lead to me having to wake up at crazy times and having to pump at odd times at work. So I just made the big drop.

Anyway, once I was down to 1 pump, I started to drop 2-3 minutes every other day from that one. When I was at 4 min I had to go for an MRI where I had to get an injection. The doc said I couldn't nurse (pump in my case) for 48 hours after the shot.

Rather then pump and dump I was stubborn and did not want to waste BM, so I just waited 48 hours and pumped like 4 min, then I went 4 days without doing anything. On the forth day I just manually expressed for a few minutes since I was feeling a kinda full and uncomfortable.

It's now 2 days after that and I feel pretty good. I really have no idea if I am actually done. I know there is still milk in there but I don't really know what to do about it. I guess I just have to see how much it is bothering me in the next few days.

I just kinda made up my way of weaning and it is probably not the best way, but its what I did. Maybe someone else will have something to add.

GL

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 12:36am

Thanks for your input - I was starting to wonder if anyone was going to answer! I went ahead and dropped that one pump. I figured why wait until Dec. 2nd? I'd really like



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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 6:20am
FWIW, I also didn't lose many ounces at 3 pumps per day. On the flip side, I wasn't able to maintain supply each time I got sick, really stressed, etc. Either way I didn't care!

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