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My son is going to be 2 in late April and I'm still pumping 1x at work during my lunch break. He nurses quite often when I'm at home with him, though the sessions are generally not that long any more. He drinks some of the milk that I pump when my mom watches him in our house on Fridays. The rest I end up freezing or dumping. He goes to daycare three days per week where he has cow's milk.<br>
Anyhow, my HR director asked me to let her know when I was done pumping. I sort of want to keep pumping as long as I can partly because it's the only way I can have an office to myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br>
Does it make sense to pump past 2 years? The main reason that I'm doing it (other than the office) is that I feel like I'd get really engorged during the day if I didn't and my milk supply would go down. Did I mention that ds is a very picky eater?<br>
Thanks for any experience or advice you'd like to share.<br><br>
Hannah
 

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I think the average for pumping (at least from the mamas here on this board) is 12-16 months. It seems more rare to keep pumping after that, as the babes are well into food by then. I think it would be unusual to get engorged at that stage, unless your child is really almost exclusively nursing.
 

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I don't have any input, but I just wanted to say that it's awesome that you continue to do that for your son! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I am still pumping for my 12 month old and have no plans to stop any time soon... she's still a pretty big milk drinker.
 

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I've never done this, but you might want to consider a milk share. From what I've read, milk banks won't take donations if the baby is older than 1, but 'milk shares' are more flexible. It makes me sad to think of dumping EBM...<br><br>
It is awesome to BF for 2 years!
 

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My DS is almost 3 and still nursing - I was pumping at work and will be pumping again when I go back to work soon - for him and for my own comfort. And to maintain my supply.<br><br>
Why do you send milk to daycare? why not send a sippy cup of BM instead? BM would be sooo much better for him than cow milk.<br><br>
You can use it for him over cereal instead of milk too. Or to treat cuts, scrapes, rashes, etc. The power of and uses for BM is just awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Pleeeease don't dump extra milk, check out Milkshare (link from my website below, under breastfeeding resources). There are so many babies in need.<br><br>
I pumped to about 13 months. When you do decide to quit, you can minimize engorgement by weaning (yourself from the pump). I was pumping 3 x day then I cut it down to 1-2 for a while, then nothing. You also can wean by not pumping until empty. Stopping pumping should really not affect your supply, b00bs are smart! I go all day at work w/o getting engorged, and there's plenty for DS when I get home.<br><br>
DS hasn't taken milk at daycare since he was about 14-15mo and he's fine, he still nurses a lot when not at daycare.
 

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My son is almost 3 and eats normal amounts of solids and drinks water throughout the day - but I still have to pump if I am away from him all day. It is not the same engorged feeling as it would be with an infant - but it does get rather full feeling and I do leak sometimes. There are days when we are out and about and really busy and we go all morning or all afternoon without nursing - then I find that I am full enough that I'll leak a little when he nurses.<br><br>
Just as there is not a "cut-off" for nursing babes in general, I don't believe there is any sort of "cut-off" for how long to pump.
 

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I have nothing useful at all to add to this discussion. I just want to say that you're my hero! I struggle with pumping and work very hard to make it to a year (kinda like the little engine that could -- I think I can, I think I can...) and I think it's just awesome that you're pumping for your two year old.
 

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I'll check out the resources for donating milk--thanks for the reminder!<br><br>
When my son started daycare at about 13 months, we first sent him to a home-based daycare for about three weeks. There, he wouldn't eat the food that the daycare provider made (one of the reasons we switched) and he only wanted to drink mama's milk. Then we switched him to a daycare center. There, he wouldn't touch my milk but ate some of the food and drank cow's milk (which the center provided). He's still at the same center and there's not even a fridge in the toddler room--though I'm sure if I wanted to send my milk they could keep it in the infant room fridge.<br><br>
I don't think I'm that heroic, really--pumping is so much a part of my daily routine that I hardly think about it any more. Plus one session a day is really easy.
 

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Please consider giving him your mommy's milk instead of the cow's.<br>
I am impressed that you still pump at work and can continue.<br>
Sounds like there might be some weaning on your part for replacing with the cow's milk and that is why there is less.<br><br>
Take care.
 
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