Quick update

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Quick update
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Sun, 03-31-2013 - 5:57pm

I am now down to pumping once a day! Smile DS is now 13 months and still loves his milk from the tap, LOL. We BF still on demand with 1-2 night wakings, usually a quick feed and right back to sleep. Last week he actually slept straight through (roughly 8p-6:30a) with no wakings twice. So nice!! We are mixing whole milk with EBM 50/50 for his feeding in a cup and since doing that his intake has gone down to 8oz or less while I'm at work. He is eating solid foods as well and that intake has also decreased since his birthday, which I've read is normal so I'm not overly concerned. Also read that it is normal for some 12 month olds to just take BM and no solids. When I'm home with him, DS probably feeds about 6 times not counting the night wakings. I don't think he is ready to wean just yet. After the 12 month well visit MIL asked what the doctor said about weaning, hint perhaps? Yeah. Which is funny because she was hesistant to change from bottle to cup while she watches him. So, I'm thinking that I might need to continue to pump once daily if for no other reason other than until DS shows that he is more ready for weaning or is this not so? TIA! I'm not looking to force weaning, by the way.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 1:00pm

I'm happy to give my thoughts based on my experience and hopefully some other experienced mamas will also share their stories to give you some more info.

First, if you want to get off the pump completely at work and keep nursing at home, you can do it.  I think it is fairly common.  I stopped pumping at work when my DS was around 15 mos and he kept nursing at home until he was almost 2 (he was almost weaned and I was ready to be done, so we were done).  If you are down to just one pump per day when you are away from him, it will be fairly straightforward to phase that out.  You can move the before work and after work feeds up a little if possible and just decrease the amount of time you spend pumping a little at a time.   For me I got down to 1 pump and dropped it to 10 minutes, then 7, then 5.  Once I was down to 5 minutes, I just carried my pump with me to work for about another 2 weeks to be sure I didn't get uncomfortably full or engorged at work--sort of a just in case--and when I didn't need it for 2 weeks straight, I stopped bringing it to work at all....and then I was done pumping at work! YAY!!!

As far as how weaning actually worked for us, as DS got older, he stopped his overnight feeds all together around 16-17 mos.  He was taking 8 oz of cows milk at school at this point.  I would nurse him morning and evening on demand ( he did not nurse to sleep at this point because he stopped that while teething).  His on demand feeds got shorter and shorter, and fewer.  Eventually, it was really just like 30 seconds or maybe 1 minute and he would sign "all done" and "thank you," and get up and run off to do something else.  It got to the point where he didn't even ask to nurse every day, sometimes he would skp days.  And then I got to the point where I was feeling really ready to be done.  So finally, one day, when he hadn't nursed in a couple of days but he decided to get up and try to nurse again, I told him the milk was all gone because he drank it all.  He cuddled up on my lap and I held him and offered him a straw cup.  We read some books and sang some songs and it was ok.  I felt better and it was very gentle for him.  I think there was a tiny bit of disppointment that one day but no tears and no drama.  And afterward, he didn't bring it up or ask much.  Every once in a while if he saw me changing my clothes ( milk bags out) he would ask and I would remind him that I didn't have any more milk becasue he drank it all and that I could get him a cup if he was thirsty or I could cuddle him if he wanted to feel close to me.

Hope that helps!!

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Thu, 04-04-2013 - 6:00am

Thanks for the helpful reply! It's nice to hear how you did it.

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Thu, 04-04-2013 - 6:00am

Thanks for the helpful reply! It's nice to hear how you did it.

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 8:30pm

Hi!  I just popped in for a look see and saw your post.  I can't believe how fast time flies, hard to believe you've hit a year and beyond!

I stopped pumping at a year with both my LOs.  My first still got a bag of milk from my stash till that ran out.  My second refused EBM from 7.5 months on, so she just got solids/water at DC and BF at home.  I'd say decrease the proportion of EBM mixed with the CM and switch to CM; you can wean off the pump like PP describes.

I haven't weaned DD2 yet - I'm waiting on her cues.  But with DD1, I limited her BF some around my IVF treatments, then she continued to cut back on her own.  She started requesting chocolate milk, and asking for hugs, replacing the nutrition and the closeness of BF with substitutes.  I thought it was really neat seeing that transition.

Congrats on reaching this milestone! Kudos!  

 


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Tue, 04-16-2013 - 3:46pm
Not to steal this post, but how old is DD2 now Spencer??
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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 7:58am

Thanks! On Friday I actually went the whole day without pumping for the first time. It was a busy day at work. Anyway, I was not uncomfortable but did feel tight when I came home and noticed I looked pretty full. DS did not mind and nursed away. Right now he is getting a 50/50 blend of EBM and CM during the day. I am running out of containers for the freezer because I stopped buying the freezer bags so I'm glad that I was able to be ok Friday. I'm debating taking the pump with me and only pumping if I become uncomfortable this week, hopefully not and then leave the pump at home after that. What do you think? And, yes, how old is DD2?

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 12:08pm
I think it makes sense to take it this week, just in case. Or maybe if you have a little manual pump, you could take that and not lug around so much gear. If you don't really need the milk, you only need to pump enough to stay comfortable. Either a little pump or a big one could be used for that. How did it go yesterday?
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Tue, 04-23-2013 - 5:35pm

I am full when I get home, but not uncomfortable, and no leaking at work either. Today is day #3 of no pumping! Smile

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Wed, 04-24-2013 - 4:41pm
WOOT!!!!! That's a great feeling!!! Congrats mama.
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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 4:16pm

Thanks! My pump is ready for storage. Wow, that was weird to type. I can now say I have HUTH!! OMG, LOL! Laughing

I am getting plenty of comments from MIL and others that DS needs to wean soon. Whatever. DH & I are fine letting DS take the lead. There is no "need" to wean especially right now at 14 months.

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