EP and weaning

posted 1 week ago in Babies
Post # 16
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Unfortunately BF/EP didn’t workout for me, so I have no advice, but just wanted to say OP your baby is so stinking adorable!!!! Best of luck XO!

Post # 17
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I was pumping 7 times a day for 20 minutes. I went down to 6 for a few days and then 5. Started pumping for 15 mins and then 10 and then every 3-4 days I just started dropping each pump. By the time I got to 2 I just stopped. I took a bunch of Sudafed and expressed in the shower to relieve discomfort instead of pumping. 

Post # 18
8987 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

TheGridMonster :  OMGGG I just felt an egg drop! My ovaries are EXPLODING GRID. EXPLODING!

Post # 21
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

TheGridMonster :  I just went through this!  I had been nursing/pumping, but when my babe was 10.5 mo (late Oct), switched to EP.  At that point, my supply was dropping a bit anyway so I was only getting about 15-18 oz total from 3 pumps/day.  I was pumping in the morning (about 6am), lunchbreak (12pm), and shortly before bed (about 8:30pm).  In early December, I cut my lunchtime pump.  One week later I cut the morning pump.  I went with only the evening pump for a week, then did every other night for one more week.  I decided to just quit from there and see how it went.  About 10 days later I was feeling like I had a plugged duct on one side, so I pumped both sides to empty again.  It’s been about 10 more days again since then and I think I’m finally done, but I still get the occasional leakage.  I’m curious how long that will last!  One tidbit that I kind of found interesting (not sure if this happens for everyone), was that when I cut a pump, I started to get fewer ounces from the other pumps.  I kind of expected the opposite – like if I was getting 5 oz from each of 3 pumps, then cut to 2 I thought I’d get like 6+ oz from each one to compensate, but no, I got like 4.  By the end I was only getting about 3 oz per pump.  My body seemed to understand what I was trying to do.  So it took me about a month to go from 3 pumps/day to zero. My baby was 1 on December 14th.  

Post # 20
9012 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i just weaned from work pumping.  i’m still morning/night/weekend nursing.

i was pumping at 9, 12, 330. then for a week i pumped at 10 and 2.

the following week at 12 only

then i was done.

since you are EP, you can either space out longer (add an hour between), drop the least producing one first, or pump for less time each time.  pick what works for you.

kellymom is a great resource.

Post # 21
138 posts
Blushing bee

I EP for 14 months and found weaning to be not as challenging (physically) as I thought it would be.  I did a combination of what other people recommended.  I began spacing out the pumping a bit longer every few days.  It takes about 3 days for your supply to readjust after changes.  When I was really ready to be done I then started pumping a bit less each day.  Just dropped a few minutes off each day until it was practically nothing.  Then I stopped.  I didn’t have any engorgement issues or blockages.  Emotionally, that was a whole other can of worms made worse by finding out he was sensitive to milk 2 weeks after stopping….

 And your little guy is adorable.  What a cuttie!

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