December 21, 2016
It’s been a long time coming. Our relationship has not always been smooth…in fact sometimes it’s been painful and demanding and time consuming. But finally, the time has come…I am breaking up with THE PUMP!
Last week Archer turned 10 months, which means I have been pumping for about the last 8 months. That’s twice a day, 5 days a week, 15 minutes for each pump session…which comes to about 4,800 minutes…but who’s keeping track!
Over the last month, I have slowly begun the break-up (pump weaning) process. I started by cutting my afternoon pump session back to 10 minutes instead of 15. Then the next week I cut that pump session back to only 5 minutes. Just enough to provide me with comfort until I got home to the little man. Then last week I dropped the 2nd pump completely and now only pump for 15 minutes in the middle of the work day. Thankfully for me the process has been pretty seamless. I did get a clogged duct last week, but was able to massage that out with a few extra nursing sessions with Archer over the weekend.
I have to admit; when I initially started thinking about weaning from the pump I was so nervous and uncertain of how to do it. I was concerned that I would have to completely stop nursing Archer, even when I was at home simply because my body would stop producing enough to keep him satisfied. Thankfully, I have learned, my body is way smarter than I am giving it credit for! Somehow, my body knows what the heck I am doing and has been naturally making the adjustment. I could not be more thankful for that.
In another couple of weeks I am hopeful to have completed the break-up process. I am sure my pump will feel a bit neglected, but boy am I excited to be able to cut free from that ball and chain!