Re: Considering giving up...or at least dropping pumping
Many mothers eventually stop pumping, yet continue to nurse their little ones for as long as everyone immediately involved is comfortable with it.
If you'd like to drop that morning pumping, please go slowly. You can try stopping the pump after a few minutes, let the milk continue to flow, but don't pump til nothing else comes out. After a few days, reduce the pumping time by a few more minutes. The goal with this method is to slowly train the body to make less milk at this particular time of day. Since you already know that you're prone to plugged ducts and mastitis, abruptly dropping this pumping session may not be the best idea. By taking it slow, you're allowing your body to learn that it doesn't need as much milk at that time.
The first few days, you may feel full. If it starts to get painful, try expressing just enough so that you're comfortable. Some mothers doing this process find that they need to go back to wearing breast pads for a few days, just until their body readjusts.
Also during this process, try not stimulate your breasts when it's not necessary. Loose shirts rubbing up against your nipples can be enough to bring on a letdown; wearing a bra can help prevent this.
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