You know I've been experiencing my share of struggles, and it got to the point where it just wasn't worth it anymore. I'd pump all day and MAYBE collect 3 ozs. That's a light snack for Mateo - no that's not even a snack it's more like a condiment. Would you like some ketchup with that hot dog? Dressing with that salad? Milk with that formula? Condiments. I was producing condiments.
I made it 8 1/2 months pumping/nursing and basically just petered out. And when I decided to stop, I only pumped one more time after a full day of not pumping and barely got an ounce. That's when I went cold turkey. There was no pain, swelling, or leaking after that. I had listened to my body. It was time, and my brain was finally ready to accept that fact. I feel good knowing that I gave it all my body could take, and I feel good that I listened to my body once it was time to stop. But mostly, I feel a sense of relief that I don't need to pump anymore. I still have the calendared pump time at work and feel like I suddenly have extra time when the calendar reminders pop up.
All in all - it was a good run. And Mateo? He's too busy exposing his taste buds to new foods to even notice. He's a vacuum with his 6 teeth now! I think he's getting ready for Thanksgiving. This solids-eating baby has goals, and milk is no longer one of them! Mateo - Would you like some formula with that food? Yes...... yes he would.
Dumped the Pump - Shirley