My Life of Travels and Adventures: The End of Breastfeeding & Pumping

The End of Breastfeeding & Pumping

29 March 2013

Its over.  The end.  Kaput. 

I will admit that I expected to continue longer.  I wanted to.  

It just wasn’t in the cards for us.  

We are done breastfeeding.  That Momma & Baby Boy time is over.  

I am done pumping.  Can I get a alleluia?

Why you ask?

I knew in December (11 + months in) that the end was approaching.  Two weeks shy or Reid’s first Birthday, I stopped pumping during the day while at work.  However, he was still nursing at least 3 times a day and getting frozen breast milk the rest of the time.  Somewhere during this time, Reid also started to refuse my right breast and only would nurse on the left (always the better producer).  

Come January and February, I took a couple over night trips for work and pumped while I was away.  I think the first trip I pumped both sides, but the second trip I only pumped the left side.  I was away for 2 days and brought home enough for one sippy cup (about 8/9 oz).  PS: Airport travel with breast milk was easy peasy.

I had two trip planned for March.  Unfortunately, due to weather issues they got reschedule on back to back weeks.  I was away from Tuesday - Thursday the first week and then Monday & Tuesday of the following week.  

I pumped my left side for the first trip.  Less than 1 oz twice a day.  I came home from being away for 3 days with less than 4oz of breast milk.  At that point I was really questioning whether it was worth it too drag a pump, cooler, and parts through 3 different airports and on 4 different flights.  In the back of my mind, I knew I was calling it quits.  

I always thought I would follow Reid’s lead.  If he wanted to nurse, okay.  If not, okay.  

The next morning Reid wanted to nurse.  So he did.  Then he wanted his cup.  Sorry bud their is not much in there.  That evening we were headed out of town.  We packed up the car, the dogs and the baby and headed on our way.  No nursing.  No real demand to nurse.  

Saturday, Reid was easily distracted with his cup in the morning and evening.  Same with Sunday morning.  Sunday evening, I was having some mild breast pain and offered it to Reid.  Relief. 

Monday, I headed out of town.  Without my pump.  With that we were done.  

We had 14+ months of breastfeeding.  Pretty much event free.  No major complications.    No undersupply issues.  No latch issues. Just one bought of oversupply for a week or so and a couple painful weeks at the very beginning.

I know how lucky that is.  I am not trying to brag just telling it how it went.  

I do however wish our breastfeeding days ended differently.  I wish we could have lasted another month or so.  I am being greedy.  I wish we could have made it through the end of the flu season.  I wish Reid was the one to end it.  Not me.  I am feeling selfish.  I guess he was also ready.  He put up no big fuss or demand to nurse.  Oh how that is a huge change.  

I know that breastfeeding made a difference for Reid.  At 7 months old, he was hospitalized for his AutoImmune Neutropenia.  We were told at time he had essentially no immune system.  He made it through one of the worst flu/RSV seasons in history… while attending daycare with all his little germy friends… Healthy.  

So from the bottom of my heart, my deepest thanks go out to my Boobs.  Great Job Girls!  Thanks for all your hard work and keeping my Little Guy healthy and happy! Thanks for the 14 months of milk you produced!

If you are wondering: I am writing this post on Friday.  Pain free.  No cabbage leaves.  No tight wraps.  No cold compress or warm compress.  

Wait is it weird to thank your body parts publicly?

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  1. Congrats on being off the pump and congrats for making it in 11 months! I was a full time workin mom with my first three in a field that didnt allow for pumping breaks so when I became a work at home mom with number 4...I thought why not! So I tried my darnedest but despite all of the supplements, diets, liquids, etc...I couldn't make more than 2-4 ounces a time. So I gave up at 6 months and decided to have different "mommy and baby" time. Still precious and special memories just no pumps and no clocks! I say thank the body parts anywhere you can for helping mold your little life! Thanks for stopping at frualfitfamily!

  2. Yay! Congrats mama!

    I was an exclusive pumper for 7 1/2 month (just weaned 2 weeks ago) and I let me body decide for me when I was done and it made stopping soooo easy!! Like you no pain no cabbage leaves ect. It was bitter sweet but he is still getting BM because I was blessed with a great supply and was able to freeze a lot! He will get it until a year!

  3. wow 11 months, thats awesome! lasted way longer than i did!

  4. Wow - I am just so amazed that you went 14 months. I only lsted 3 months, and wish it would have gone on longer - but my nipples just did not release the nectar fast enough so we had to go to the bottle almost right away. I tried to pump, but I dried up pretty quickly. She has been healthy as a horse in her 8 years, so I suppose I am blessed :-).

    I found you through the Friday Chaos blog hop and am getting you followed. You are welcome to check out my blog, My Imperfect..., and I hope you choose to follow :-)

  5. Congrats on making it to 14 months! That's so much longer than a lot of women out there. I travel a lot for work so I totally empathize on what a pain it is to pump on the road. Many props!

  6. LOL at your closing lines. :)

    I'm here from Friday Chaos. Congrats on a smooth and happy experience. :)


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