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DS is almost 18 months. He nurses well when we are together and eats lots of solids. I'm still pumping at work for him twice a day. I generally get between 3 and 5.5 oz total between those 2 sessions. So I send 4 oz in his sippy to daycare every weekday. And he drinks it all every time.<br><br>
I am really wanting to cut back and stop pumping at work in the near future. A bunch of women I know said their kids lost interest in drinking BM from a sippy at school, even though they were still nursing. So it made it easy for them to make the decision to stop pumping. But obviously DS is not one of those kids. I feel a sense of guilt about wanting to stop pumping if he's still willing to drink the milk, but honestly, I feel like it would be so great to not have to worry about pumping during work, and I keep having to remind myself that pumping this long is a big accomplishment...<br><br>
Any advice? When and why did you stop pumping for your toddler?<br><br>
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First off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> to you for pumping for so long. My DD is 16 months old and I still pump 1x per day while at work. She is different than your DS in that she does not drink any milk while I'm at work but she nurses like mad on the days that I'm home (only in the office 3x per week) so I'm become full and I just cannot get through the day without pumping. Anyway, does your DS need the milk? What would happen if you tried to give him only water? I'm sure that he's getting plenty of milk while you're with him so he may not really need that 4oz cup. If I were in your situation, the first thing I'd do is cut down to pumping just once then slowly wean off that one session ( I am very susceptible to plugged ducts and mastitis so maybe I'm more cautious than most women). Even if you stick with that one session and your DS still needs his milk at daycare for a while, you will probably still get plenty of milk and a little more balance in your work day. Good luck!<br><br>
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Thanks for the response! I'm hoping to hear from some others too. I would definitely cut back slowly...if only because I had mastitis once, and it wasn't fun! DS drinks water just fine and eats healthy proteins, so I don't think not having the milk would be a tremendous loss. He does not drink cow's milk but does eat other dairy, and he drinks water. Part of me thinks he wouldn't think anything of it if there was no BM for him to drink at daycare (he'd just drink water) , and part of me feels like I'm depriving him of something if I don't send it...
 

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Well, I had a slightly different situation. My dd hated bottles and it took a while for her to get used to a sippy cup. So, she wasn't drinking much milk at daycare. Many times the dcp would have to spoon feed her the milk from the bottle or mix it in with other food. So, I stopped pumping at 12 months since I was so tired of it. It did take me longer than I expected to wean off the pump since I still felt full on several days. Then my dd would drink water, juice or milk at daycare and nurse at home. I also only work 3 days a week, but my supply has adjusted so I don't need to pump and I still have enough for her when I don't work. Good luck!
 

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I just decided to stop the pumping this month. DS turned 1 last month and I'm taking the month of July to wean myself from pumping.<br><br>
DS doesn't seem to mind the gradual switch from BM to some cow's milk (just 3 oz/day of cows milk) and I am kind of wiped out from dragging the pump to & from work everyday (I walk to Daycare to drop off DS and then to work and then back to Daycare and then home... whew!)<br><br>
We are still nursing at home & on the weekends and its getting harder & harder to get DS to stay in one place & nurse.... he's quite wiggly!
 

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When I went back to school, Henri had just turned a year old. Since he was at the campus daycare I just went up there to nurse him. However, there were a few times where I had to be away from him for several hours, and unless it was a really long time I didn't pump after a year. My body oddly enough didn't respond much to a pump after he hit the 12-14 month age, it was really hard to get a let-down.
 

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I pumped until DS2 was 16 months. (I quit pumping because I'm a teacher and it's summer!) He drank whatever I pumped at daycare, but seemed to taper off that last month or so. I cut back to 1 pumping a day, partly because I was so sick of pumping, and partly because I could easily keep up with him by pumping once. Now it's normal to go 8 hours or so without nursing (if we're apart or sleeping) and he still nurses a ton while we're together.
 

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I stopped when dd was 14 mos old. I had been pumping for 12 mos, 4-5x/day. My supply had dwindled hugely, mostly because dd was eating so much in terms of solids by 12 mos. We also made the mistake of introducing cow's milk at 12 mos . . . we had tried water and she refused it, and I wasn't getting enough breastmilk, so we went with cow's milk. Now I know we should have done toddler formula or something.<br><br>
I just was not at a point where I could do what needed to be done to try to ramp my supply back up. And nursing was only enjoyable with dd for a brief period - she was a screamer the first 3 mos, then we had a few nice months, and then she became a horrible pincher/biter/twiddler/you-name-it-she-did-it.<br><br>
I was pumping 4x/day to get 3-4 oz total. It felt so pointless. So I quit pumping, was suddenly pregnant, and by the time dd was 19 mos she had stopped nursing. I was and am okay with that; I wanted to nurse her to 2 years but when things ended it was comfortable and led by her.<br><br>
I did not have any slow-down of pumping during the day, I just stopped. If I had felt any engorgement I would have pumped a little and wound down pumping over the course of a week or two. But I had so little milk at that point that it wasn't a problem.<br><br>
Can you cut back to just pumping once a day, then not at all? That might be a gentler transition for your body.
 

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When my daughter was 2. She refused EBM around that time, and I was only pumping about 4-6 oz in a day. It was pointless, so I stopped. I nused her until she was 2 years and 8 months, when she weaned herself.<br><br>
Could you possibly pump right after work, and save it for the next day? Or are you just wanting to stop pumping altogether?<br><br>
Personally, if my child wanted it, I'd still do it. I wouldn't frown on anyone who wanted to quit, though. I didn't mind it, but I know it can get really old, especially after that long.
 

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I never pumped much - 2x a week, so I could get out and go to my class, and then random other times... I stopped just as soon as DS started drinking water out of a sippy and eating solid foods regularly - as son as I possibly could, basicly!! Oh, how I HATE to pump!!
 

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I stopped pumping at 14 months. DD was taking cow's milk from a sippy at daycare and nursing all night long so I don't think she suffered from a nutritional standpoint to not have the breastmilk during the day. Mostly I stopped because I couldn't stand it anymore! But I really hated pumping.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I stopped at a year and switched dd to cows milk at daycare. I wanted to be able to not have to worry about that anymore, and certain parts of my job were put on hold due to pumping (like prescribed burning, you can't pump while on the fire line, esp. if you are sharing a truck with a male coworker).<br><br>
DD will be three in October and still nurses 3-4x per day. I am trying to get her down to 2x/day but we are in a stressful time right now so I am waiting.
 

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I stopped last week! Whoo hoo!!! DD is 14 months. When she turned 1 I was still pumping 3 times a day. Over the past two months I had gradually decreased to pumping just once a day.<br><br>
DD wasn't really finishing the bottles that DH offered her and he had to offer the same bottle several times for he to take it. Way to many other interesting things going on.<br><br>
I'm fortuante to have flexible hours, and the ability to work at home, so I can just head home when I start feeling uncomfortably full and finish up my work day from there.<br><br>
So far things are going well and she's still nursing 4 times when I'm home. We haven't offered cow's milk, but she does get plenty of dairy - yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese - through out the day, so we're not concerned about her calcium intake.<br><br>
I was all for pumping longer, if that's what DD wanted/needed, but when she stopped taking the bottles, I started asking myself, why I was I still doing this???<br><br>
Can't say I miss my pump much! :)
 

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I still pump once a day in the car on the way home from work, 3 X a week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
They love their neenee milk when I come to pick them up. I don't get more than an ounce for each, but they seem to enjoy it so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">.
 

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I stopped at 16 months... honestly I was getting resentful. I felt completely overwhelmed with work, ds, hubby ect. Something had to go and it was pumping. It is nice to eat lunch without hearing my pump going<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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