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Budjeg11
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Moms who Exclusively Pump

How long did you do it for?

DD Is 9.5 months an dmy goal was to go to 1 year then switch her to regular milk (well my first goal was 6 weeks, then 3 months, then 6 months ....)

Its getting more difficult to stay motivated .. I am pumping 4x a day and its fine when I am at work but when I am home alone with DD it is really difficult bc she insists on getting my attention./playing with the pump whenever I am pumping, and it makes me feel kind of sad that although I am doing it for her, I cant give her as much attention durig the little time I have with her.


Posted 9/27/12 1:27 PM
 
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MaZz
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Gina

Moms who Exclusively Pump

I just stopped at 4 months... I wasn't producing a ton of milk anymore and the pumping was making me a very bitter person. I'm glad to say I'm done and pack that damn thing away. Good for you for making it that long! What an accomplishment!

Posted 9/27/12 2:15 PM
 

melbalalala
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Melissa

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

I packed it up at 7 months because my supply stunk. And, yes, I too remember the guilt of not paying attention to her vs. the guilt of giving her the holy breast milk.. Do what you can.. if you drop a pump and make less, give her some formula, see if you can handle the 3 pumps a day.. ?

Posted 9/27/12 2:41 PM
 

daisypeach
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Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

I stopped at three months for the same reasons -- wanted to give him my undivided attention and pumping is so time consuming. You've done great!

Posted 9/27/12 3:17 PM
 

cds58019
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Candice

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

Posted by MaZz

I just stopped at 4 months... I wasn't producing a ton of milk anymore and the pumping was making me a very bitter person. I'm glad to say I'm done and pack that damn thing away. Good for you for making it that long! What an accomplishment!



Same reasons for me except i was done around 3 1/2 months. Good for you!

Posted 9/27/12 3:28 PM
 

MCD0524
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Moms who Exclusively Pump

I am on 8 months now. I keep saying a month longer etc. My DS has a milk allergy and I really dont want to pay for the expensive formula. My insurance company denied me months ago. I am pushing for a year and I pump anywhere between 4-6x a day. My supply has really dropped though. DS LOVES to play with the pump, it drives me crazy. What helps me is pumping in the car on the way home (yes I do it while I drive) that way I save time when I am home. I pump while drying my hair or doing the dishes etc. I use the pump bra. It makes it less of a pain since I am accomplishing a lot :)

Message edited 9/27/2012 4:01:49 PM.

Posted 9/27/12 4:01 PM
 

MissMeliss
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Moms who Exclusively Pump

I stopped at 13 months. I did what you did, just for a month, 3 months, 6 months etc. I never had a set plan I just kept going. My supply started dwindling around 12 months, plus it was just too much trying to pump and entertain a busy baby that was on-the-go.

Posted 9/27/12 4:22 PM
 

Champ
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Rose

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

I am a year and still at 5/6 pumps a day. I'm pumping for twins, so the demand is high and they were premies so I cant consider switching them till Nov. I play on the floor with my girls while im pumping. I use the simple wishes hands free bra. They love to play with the pump, it's actually funny. I either, have one in the play pen and one in the high chair while they are drinking their bottles and im pumping, or we have a gated play area that I just plop down in the middle of with the pump.

Posted 9/27/12 8:37 PM
 

MrsW326
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Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

Posted by MaZz

I just stopped at 4 months... I wasn't producing a ton of milk anymore and the pumping was making me a very bitter person. I'm glad to say I'm done and pack that damn thing away. Good for you for making it that long! What an accomplishment!



Ditto I stopped at 7 weeks or so, everyone was much happier!

Posted 9/27/12 8:37 PM
 

TheDivaBrideandTeddyFrog
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Moms who Exclusively Pump

I stopped at 4.5 months...I was pumping like 3-4 times a day and making less than 3-4 oz. and I went back to work and it was just over...I felt awful but then realized I'd done what I could do and it was better than not having tried at all..

Posted 9/27/12 9:15 PM
 

MaZz
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Gina

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

Posted by TheDivaBrideandTeddyFrog

I stopped at 4.5 months...I was pumping like 3-4 times a day and making less than 3-4 oz. and I went back to work and it was just over...I felt awful but then realized I'd done what I could do and it was better than not having tried at all..



Exactly! That's what I kept telling myself. But I have to admit, I did cry hysterically when I gave her her first bottle of formula. It didn't help that she grimaced at it. Broke my heart but I'm def over that now. I love not having to leave her to go pump anymore.

Posted 9/28/12 7:21 AM
 

Pray4Baby2010
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MB

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

I did it until 11 months and then I had enough in the freezer to get him 2 weeks and switched him to milk just before his 1st birthday

I have to say what saved me was setting little goals. I never said, I want to make it to (almost) a year- I set goals month by month and re-evaluated to see how I felt. At the end I was done, so done its not funny- so I stopped.

You've already come so far and done such an amazing thing for your little one- do what's best for you and the baby- you count too Chat Icon

Posted 9/28/12 8:33 AM
 

nbc188
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C

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

After I stopped nursing at 2 weeks, I pumped exclusively until my daughter was a year.

It was annoying and did take time (I pumped 1x/day at work the whole time), but I was happy I did it.

Do it for as long as you're comfortable/happy!

Posted 9/28/12 12:43 PM
 

ttdiff11
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Theresa

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

a little over a year

Posted 9/28/12 5:32 PM
 

statusquoscreenname
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Victoria

Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

i always had to supplement with some formula as I'm pumping for twins, but I've made it to 5+ months. I have a bitter relationship with my pump, but I know once I stop, there isn't really a chance to start back up, so I keep trudging. My supply is down, but I figure every little bit helps.

Posted 9/28/12 9:06 PM
 

Daisy21
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Re: Moms who Exclusively Pump

My twins are seven months today, and I'm still going. I went back to work at 6 months, and they got their first formula a couple of weeks later. Now they get 3/4 BM and 1/4 formula. I'm able to keep that up with 3 pumps a day. I was pumping 6 times a day and I slowly dropped to 3. I've had mastitis 5 times since they were born and I'm constantly getting clogged ducts.

Posted 9/28/12 9:55 PM
 
 

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