Almost 10 months!

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Registered: 03-25-2010
Almost 10 months!
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Fri, 12-21-2012 - 7:29pm

Hi, ladies! I'm still here!! DS is almost 10 months and I am still pumping four times a day (with an average of 3-4oz a pump). My thought is that next month I will go down to three pumps and work down from there. I have some still in the freezer. DS takes in 12oz or so still while I am at work (9hrs) and is eating solids. My goal is to BF until 12 months, maybe longer, but stop pumping at 12 months. Anything else I should consider for my HUTH plan? Thanks!

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 10:02pm

Hi Lydia!  Glad to see you here :)

I think your plan is good.  The specifics of how to time the reductions in pumping will depend on how much frozen stash you have.

You can wean off the pump by first shortening the pumps the consolidating.  e.g. if you pump 4 x 20 minutes, cut each to 15 minutes (by steps).  At that point you're pumping 4x15=60, so you can redistribute to 3x20.  Then cut these sessions down as well, to say 12 minutes.  3x12 = 36, so then you can cut to 2 pumps x 18 minutes, then wean down again to 8 minutes x 2 and cute to 1x15, then cut that down.  NOTE: the exact minutes, rate of drop, and transition of pumps are up to you ... I was just giving this as a broad example of how you can cut back your pumping.

Congrats for making to 10 months!  I'm sure you'll get to a year pumping, and beyond BFing as long as you and baby want to!! 

 


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Registered: 03-25-2010
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 2:31pm

Thanks! I do pump for at least 20 minutes, sometimes up to 35 if I'm still flowing, LOL. So your examples are very helpful!! I did drop one pump but ended picking it back up. I had surgery and had to use up a portion of my freezer stash and then dump what I pumped in the hospital (ugh, after extensively looking into meds prior and being told I wasn't going to be given an L3, I was. DH & I weren't comfortable so... down the drain. I'm writing a letter to the hospital!!).

On the 27th DS will be 11 months. Right now I have roughly 72 oz in the freezer. Maybe soon I'll go back to 3 pumps and my HUTH plan.

I really appreciated your reply!

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