When is enough enough?! Answers please!

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Registered: 12-16-2012
When is enough enough?! Answers please!
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Thu, 01-10-2013 - 5:04pm

I've made it to almost 6 months of EP'ing and I've been debating quitting. I have those that say I made it so far and job well done and those that demand going to a year! I do feel guilty... But at the same time Il feel like I'm losing my sanity a bit. My sons pretty much sleeping through the night and when I could be playing with him I'm pumping! I also know its still flu season but he takes vitamens and probiotics daily as well as super fruits/veggies. I almost just want yes or no answers from others but in the end I know it's my decision. Help please! I've been debating just losing the 1-5am pumping and seeing how much I lose. Thoughts?

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Registered: 10-24-2008
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 11:19am

I pumped for all 3 of my kiddos (so far - if all goes well #4 is due in June), and always dropped the night pump as soon as baby started SSTN - I basically always pumped after feeding baby at night, and when baby stopped requesting food, I stopped getting up.  I figure if I was breastfeeding and baby didn't get up, then I wouldn't nurse anyway. 

I never had trouble maintaining my supply without the night pump, but I am someone who does respond well to a pump, so not sure it would work for everyone.  I also gradually dropped pumps during the day from an initial 7-8 for the first 6 weeks (getting 40-45 oz.) to 3 pumps per day from 6 months - 1 year (getting about 30-35 oz., which was plenty once I introduced solids).  I've never tried pumping past a year, since I have always "weaned" when my milk dried up overnight due to getting pregnant with the next kiddo - a pretty painless way to wean, but won't work on our last child!

But even if your supply doesn't keep up with baby's full caloric need if you drop the night pump, there are substantial immune benefits to any amount of breast milk (the antibodies actually become more condentrated as your supply decreases, so even 1-2 oz per day from a single pump would provide immune benefits.  It isn't an "all or nothing" thing.