weaning from the pump

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Registered: 03-11-2006
weaning from the pump
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Fri, 03-27-2009 - 9:20pm
i have only dropped a few ounces in the 8 or 9 days since i dropped to 3 pumps. i was averaging about 47/day and now i'm around 40... should i wait for it to drop lower before i drop to 2 pumps, or should i just go ahead and try it? as it is when i do my 2nd pump, i wait until i almost can't stand it... i wish weaning was a quicker process!! advice! TIA.



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Registered: 06-18-2004
Sat, 03-28-2009 - 1:11am

Mindy -


Wow - that's a ton! How are you deciding when to stop pumping each time?


When my babies were weaning from bf at night time, I would pump just long enough to take the edge off. It was just for a few minutes, but I'd probably still about 4-6oz when I was overflowing with bm. But if I didn't do that, I woke up drenched and I had to change my clothes and the sheets!


For the next pumping session that you want to drop, you might want to do that and see if that helps your supply go down faster. I found that within a week or so I wasn't overflowing with bm anymore - but I still woke up very full in the am.

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Registered: 05-31-2006
Sat, 03-28-2009 - 11:38am

Mindy,

It took me a month to wean. I kept dropping time, not pumps for the longest time. I was only doing 10 min sessions when I dropped to 2 pumps. I started with 65oz/day and was down to 20oz/day when I dropped to 2 pumps.

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Registered: 03-11-2006
Sat, 03-28-2009 - 7:29pm

hi sam, i've been meaning to email you about this...

how many times per day were you pumping and how many minutes? did you do 20min each pump one day, 18 min the next, and gradually decrease like that? i have been at 3x/day for 10 days, and have just started decreasing time. it was 22min, then 20, and today i am doing 18min pumps. i am soft enough after 18min, but *definitely* not empty... i know it took YOU a while, so i'm definitley anticipating it will take me a few more weeks for sure. did you wait until you were at 20oz before you dropped to 2x, or did you get 20oz once you dropped to 2x? i am not sure what to do next...




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Registered: 05-31-2006
Sun, 03-29-2009 - 9:56pm

Mindy,

At the start I went to 3xday @ 30 min each time. After a week I dropped to 25 min. Another week 20 min. Another week 15 min -- this is when I dropped to 2 pumps. At this point I would pump the least amount of time as possible to release the pressure. I probably went cold turkey a little soon cause I leaked every morning at my shower for a couple of weeks.

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