Slow Transition

My goal was to stop pumping by the end of the year.  Alas, it is now January 4 and I am still at it.  A nasty plugged duct in my armpit the week prior to Christmas made me realize that it will take a more time for me to wean from the pump.  I cannot go from 5-7 ounces a day to nothing just like that.

I have scaled back a bit.  I made it through this week only pumping once, midday.  The last two days Jack has slept through his morning nursing session, so I am a little nervous as to how my body will react since plugged ducts are as regular as hangnails with me.  We canceled our travel plans for this weekend, though, so hopefully a regular nursing schedule will keep me healthy.

My revised plan, in addition to cutting back to once a day, is to slowly pump for less time.  I only pump for ten minutes at a time currently, so it will be a matter of shaving off a minute every few days.

This is all more complicated than I thought it would be.  I am not good with “transitions.”  I am probably going at this more quickly than I should, but it is still slower than I would like.  I am very much looking forward to the day when I don’t have to lug this pump along with me to work!

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Comments

  1. ugh. yes. I hate my pump. and who’s bright idea was it to package something in BLACK that will get WHITE spilled on it.

  2. ugh. yes. I hate my pump. and who’s bright idea was it to package something in BLACK that will get WHITE spilled on it.

  3. I thought most people stopped nursing cold turkey (at least decreasing feeding until they don’t have any left). Is that an unwise way of doing it? I’m not interested in weaning yet, but will be eventually! 🙂

  4. I thought most people stopped nursing cold turkey (at least decreasing feeding until they don’t have any left). Is that an unwise way of doing it? I’m not interested in weaning yet, but will be eventually! 🙂

  5. I don’t have much to say about breast feeding and pumping and boob juice and all that stuff, but I have faith that everything will turn out just fine for ya’ll.

    *goes back to coloring with her crawns*

  6. I don’t have much to say about breast feeding and pumping and boob juice and all that stuff, but I have faith that everything will turn out just fine for ya’ll.

    *goes back to coloring with her crawns*

  7. Dawn – totally! I also have wondered why the damned pump makers can’t add a little style. We have to stare at that thing every day for months on end and they can’t add a little color? I would love a polka dot pump. 😉

    Kait – I responded to you via email but wanted to post here for others that weaning is usually a gradual process. Also, I am only weaning from the pump currently, but hope to let Jack self-wean and that will most likely occur gradually.

    Sarah – LOL!

  8. Dawn – totally! I also have wondered why the damned pump makers can’t add a little style. We have to stare at that thing every day for months on end and they can’t add a little color? I would love a polka dot pump. 😉

    Kait – I responded to you via email but wanted to post here for others that weaning is usually a gradual process. Also, I am only weaning from the pump currently, but hope to let Jack self-wean and that will most likely occur gradually.

    Sarah – LOL!

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