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Thread: 17 month old, bfing, and pumping Q

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    Jan 2011

    Default 17 month old, bfing, and pumping Q

    I have a 17 month old, he's nursing at home in the early mornings, evenings & 1-2 x during the night, and I've spent the last year pumping while at work. I'm curious about pumping and when to let go, give it up? I realize that I'm connected to pumping and providing while I'm away. I know he's nursing less frequently as he's quite busy and enjoying food quite a bit.
    How long have others pumped, when did you stop pumping and only nurse? I've seen the ups & downs with my pumping, and recently I think as he's busier and busier,
    and less interested in nursing my output with pumping is less recently. It's had me thinking, is it time to stop pumping?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    The Buckeye State

    Default Re: 17 month old, bfing, and pumping Q

    many mamas give up the pump after a year and others pump longer. I stopped somewhere around 15 mos with my oldest. It's whatever you are comfortable with mama. It is perfectly fine to stop pumping at 17 mos and nurse when you are together Is your son eating a good amount of solid food?
    I'm Colleen
    Mama to
    Silas born May 2009 ~ Nursed 18 mos, weaned during pregnancy, unweaned at 24 months, still nursing when he feels like it
    Lola born March 2011 ~ The Mary Lou Retton of toddler nursing
    Married to Brandon
    Using cloth on both bums

    We hibernate together

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Shakedown St.

    Default Re: 17 month old, bfing, and pumping Q

    It's entirely up to you. I pumped until 18 months. It started getting more and more difficult to pump toward the end there, and it seemed to be getting to the point where it was more trouble than it was worth.

    Whatever you decide, you should be proud of yourself for pumping so long!
    K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).

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