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Good morning ladies, so here is my dilemma. I am so confused and heartbroken over what to do. My LO is 9 months old. He has been EBF and I pump at work. I work full time. I got my first AF about 6 weeks ago and had a huge drop in milk production, or at least the amt I could pump.
I never had a large freezer stash, just a few bags. I had them all saved up for a weekend trip my DH and I took last weekend. Now, I cant keep up with his needs while at daycare.
I spoke with my pediactrician on Friday and she told me I could try and work super hard at getting my supply back or begin to pump wean and nurse on weekends, morning, and night. This sounded like what I should do since I did plan on pump weaning at 12 mos anyway.
Now I just need to get over the guilt of it. I only had five oz to send today with him for my babsitter. I gave her some formula, I am so hoping he will take it if he needs to. He only has 2 bottles while at the sitter.
I just feel like a horrible mommy for not working hard enough to get my supply back up. I almost feel a little excited about not lugging my pump to work everyday.
Has anyone else ever pump weaned and gone to just nursing night and morning? I am not sure how to even go about it.
Thanks for letting me vent ladies.
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Last edited by Bulldogmama; June 20th, 2011 at 09:25 AM.
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I haven't pumped at work since my DD was about 11 months old, I continued pumping before and after work (and nursing) until about 11 1/2 months. I havent pumped at all since then, but I nurse her morning, night, and weekends. So far so good
I don't know if you notice this, but after the weekend of regular nursing my supply on Monday would be higher than the pump on Friday. So when I stopped pumping at work Monday and Tuesday after that weekend I had some engorgement but nothing awful. Then I was fine. I was lucky enough to have a stash and when it ran out he went to cow milk during the day. You will still be bfing morning and evening so I don't think you have anything to feel guilt. Don't beat yourself up. You have been doing the best for you LO and you still will be.
Thanks Ladies. I am still pumping twice a day at work now, I was doing 3. I figure if I do that for a while and then take it down to 1. He seems fine, he had some formula yesterday mixed with BM and didnt even notice I guess. Im happy he will take it, but a little sad too.
I'm glad that you're feeling ok about it ... isn't it weird how even though your head tells you it's ok, you can still feel guilty?
It sounds like you've done a great job ... AF can make a huge difference to your supply, but remember supply and demand is the key. If you create the demand by still pumping a couple of times a day it will signal your body to keep making milk. Good luck!