I have a darn good stash in the freezer now, I will have to count it but it could be in the 300-400 oz. range.
It's impossible to tell how long DS is going to be nursing regularly (I'm guessing at least another 1/2 year to a year) so it's hard to tell when I should stop pumping, especially since I seem to be way ahead now.
So should I just stop pumping (it is a pain and not comfortable at all) and use up the stash, whereas at that point he will no longer need any milk at daycare, OR I was thinking, continue pumping once a day and...
http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/donorscreening but I can't tell how donation works or if they will even take freezer stash.
DS 2006 DiaperFreeBaby March 2010, DD 2011
I didn't have supply issues with either one. My supply is much more affected by night nursing than anything else. I hated pumping, couldn't donate my milk to milk bank because I'm on some meds, and I was very happy to stop.
Dd is still nursing at age 3. (Though we are weaning. Finally down to once a day!)
If you enjoy doing it (it's kind of a nice, private break sometimes) then continue, otherwise stop.
With DD1, I weaned myself from the pump slowly after I became PG with DD2. I dragged it out as long as I could hoping against hope to make it to her first birthday. DD1 was 8.5 mo when I got PG and 10.5 mo when she had her last EBM. We still nursed, but there was no milk, so pumping was out.
With DD2, I pumped until 12.5 months. I slowly weaned myself from the pump starting at 11 months. But I have to warn you, once I stopped pumping, the milk was nearly gone. DD2 self-weaned at 13-14 months. She only nursed for the milk, not the comfort, so she was done.
With #1, especially, the returns on the time it took were going down so quickly. I always had to use pressure and breast compression to get anything out while pumping for him, and by 12 months as my supply was adjusting to him eating more solids, I was having to pump for 20 minutes to get a scant 4oz.
I worked half-time, so even when they were infants I only pumped once and only needed one bottle while I was away.
With #2 my supply was better and I could have pumped and actually gotten something for longer, but there was a lot of upheaval at work and I lost my nice pumping spot, leaving me pumping in a private bathroom, which just wasnt' relaxing and was not conducive to pumping either. If she'd still been younger I would have kept at it, but again by 12 mos she was eating more solids and we used cows milk in a sippy to replace the one bottle she'd been getting at the sitter.
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).
DD also reverse cycled so we did a LOT of night nursing and weekend nursing. By a year dd1 was eating maybe half her calories in solids? It was a while ago so I'm not positive, and we've always gone with the "mini meals"/grazing approach so I'm sure some days she had more and some days less...but about half sounds right. When I stopped pumping I made sure she was offered a few higher cal/healthy fat options each day (like plain yogurt, tofu, avocado, flax seed muffins, etc) and she was fine. We continued to nurse and she now tandem nurses with her little sis (I'm on maternity leave for a few more weeks, but I've already dusted off the pump).
Donation- I donated a lot of milk (I have over active supply). I found it was easiest to connect personally with someone in my area to donate to. LLL or and AP group, a high risk pediatrician's office, even a midwife practice should be able to help you reach a low supply or special need family. The national milk banks each have their own way of doing things, some sell your milk for a serious profit margin, and most sterilize the milk (which studies have shown can diminish the benefits of breastmilk for the babe). Donating directly to a mama let's you know that the milk is going right where it needs to be, and many low supply mamas will pay you for shipping if the milk needs to be sent that way.
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12 months with dd. She started solids at 5m and I think would have eaten earlier had we let her.
DD really ate very little solids by the time she stopped nursing during the workday at 15 months, and she's still a very picky eater. But being essentially cut off from access to breastmilk did encourage her to ramp up her solids (and cows' milk) intake some at that time. She didn't seem distressed by the change and it certainly didn't hurt her health any.
He's still nursing at 21 mos. with no end in sight.
When I went back to work at 12 weeks, I was nursing before I left for work, and then pumping 2 times, sometimes 3 in an 8 hour day. A lot of times, DH or my best friend/nanny would bring me the baby to nurse sometime during the day.
Now ... I'm working part time, 20 hours a week, in the evenings (3p-1a). I usually only pump once per shift -- somewhere between 5 and 8pm. Last night, I didn't pump at all (worked 3p-11p) -- I pumped as soon as I got home. Tonight, DD came by worked, and I nursed her at around 7pm. No pumping after that, since we were crazy busy!
I'd love to give it up totally, but DD refuses to drink cow's milk, so I still have to pump for her. I figure once a day, 2 to 3 times a week isn't too bad.
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With my last baby, I stopped pumping at work when she was 8 months old; then also supplemented with formula until she was a year old, and I continued breastfeeding her (evenings and weekends) until she weaned at 30 months old.
In the next few months, will she just lose interest in those daytime bottles gradually? How does this work?
I want to keep nursing her in the morning and at night.