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!