advice on weaning from the pump

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Registered: 03-11-2006
advice on weaning from the pump
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Mon, 03-16-2009 - 10:42pm

i'm really anxious about weaning, but i think the time has about come. i set a goal to pump until six months, but i think i want to start weaning this week. how would you BTDTs suggest i go about doing it? i'm currently getting between 42 and 48oz per day with 4 pumps. i'm thinking i'll drop a mid-day pump for about a week (or two?) and decrease from there...? i'm just really nervous about the whole process, and i'm also afraid of how watching my supply drop will make me feel. i've hated pumping - the time it takes and the way it feels - but i've loved being able to give noah 100% BM since he was about three weeks old. i definitely have mixed feelings, but will be SO happy when it's all over!

TIA.




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TTC #2
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Registered: 07-06-2007
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 3:32am
When I weaned from the pump, I just pumped enough to relieve the pressure but not enough to encourage production. I'd say less than 2 minutes each time. Sometimes I'd even just hand express into the sink. It only took a few days to see results. Good luck. I know it can be really uncomfortable. Just resist the urge to pump until empty. :)
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Registered: 07-11-2007
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 8:14am

Mindy,


I EP for

MattyJordie2
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Registered: 06-05-2006
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 8:48am

Mindy-


I followed a schedule similar to Vicky.

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Registered: 05-31-2006
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 1:42pm

Mindy-


Here's what worked for me -- I was pumping 30 min/5 times a day.

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Tue, 03-17-2009 - 5:21pm

Mindy -


Congrats for making it so long with pumping! It sounds like you have an amazing supply.


I think that this idea might be in some of the other responses, but I wasn't positive. I'd recommend slowly dropping one pump at a time. If you usally pump 10 oz at a pumping session, only pump 8oz for a couple of days. Then pump 6 oz and slowly go down. You want to stop demanding so much breastmilk, but you also want to do it gradually to avoid issues.