when to just STOP?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-16-2009
when to just STOP?
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Mon, 12-21-2009 - 7:36am

I have been pumping for 5 and a half months, and have been working on weaning for two weeks now. I am about to take a trip overseas and do not want to drag the pump along with me. I am down to pumping very little. I just went 38 hours between pumps, and when I did pump, I did not feel full or like I needed to. It just seemed like maybe I should. I pumped for almost 20 minutes and got an ounce and a half total. I have never produced much, and have been making only 12 ounces a day for a while, but it has definitely dropped. I am not leaking, feeling full, or hurting, but clearly there is still some milk in there. When can I just STOP? I am afraid of getting overseas and feeling clogged or something, but does it sound like at this stage I can quit? I have a hand pump, which I have never used, that I plan to take along in case something crazy happens. Do you think that is good enough? Thanks everyone!

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 12-21-2009 - 1:43pm
IMO I think you can definitely stop! Many women just quit BFing cold turkey and just pump a little to relieve pain, so I say if you aren't feeling full or having pain, then don't pump!
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Registered: 07-16-2009
Mon, 12-21-2009 - 9:38pm
Thank you! That makes me feel better to read!