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  • MrsS1stbaby MrsS1stbaby's Avatar 04-15-09 | 04:13 PM
  • So, over the past month or so, my supply has gone down significantly. I was pumping 3 times a day, getting about 13oz, & BF once at night. It started to get lower, like about 9-10oz, so I opted to take back my lunch hour & only pump twice a day b/c I would get the same amount. Then me & Dh went for a 1-nite weekend getaway (1st night away from the baby!) and I took the pump, but only used it 3 times. Since the start of spring we have been on-the-go a lot more, so there has been more instances of giving bottles of formula. I think all this skipping pumping has really affected my production, which I knew would happen, but part of me is looking forward to stopping so I can take back my breaks at work as well! The other day I actually forgot the pump parts & went all day w/o pumping and by the time I got home from picking up Kendall, I was hurting! So, can't stop completely yet. Today I pumped once and I only got 5oz. Which is the same amount I got Monday when I pumped twice. Hey, that's enough for a snack bottle, lol!

    Part of me just says to stop now, cold turkey, but I am so reluctant to for several reason. Mainly b/c it saves us money on formula, lol!!! But I guess I'm not saving as much now, am I?

    Just wanted to give ya'll this update & thank everyone in advance for their support on this journey! Breastfeeding Rocks!

    Last edited by MrsS1stbaby; 04-15-09 at 04:26 PM..
  • imagine imagine's Avatar 04-16-09 | 02:53 PM
  • You have done well making it 9 months! She is soon going to be having more solids then formal or breast milk and your supply would have gone down a bit anyways! if you want to stop altogether and donít want all the engorgement you can just pump enough to relieve the engorgement and your milk supply will slow down more and more until you can stop without the engorgement.

    But if you still want to give breast milk and save money on formula maybe you can change your pumping schedule. Just pump once at work and/or before and after work and a few times while she is asleep at night so that your supply stays up but you donít have to pump as much at work. Some people only breastfeed for bed time at this age anyways so if you just let her nurse at night time your supply will get use to it soon and after a while your body will get use to it and you wont have the engorgement during the day.
    Good luck with what ever you choose! And congrats on making it this far!
Thank you imagine!
MrsS1stbaby (04-17-09)

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