Re: Pumping Is Wearing Me Out! Question for women that exclusively pump
Yes, you can eliminate the 3 am pumping. Many recommend going no more than 6 hours between pumping sessions though, so you might want to rearrange the other pumping times.
There are a few ways to go about eliminating pumping sessions. You can drop it "cold turkey" but this might cause a few nights of discomfort and it's not a good a idea if you're prone to clogged ducts. Another way to eliminate a sessions is to start decreasing the amount of time you are pumping during that session. This takes a little longer but you probably won't experience any painful engorgement. So, if you are pumping for 45-60 minutes, try doing a few nights where you only pump for 40 minutes, then after a few nights only pump for 30 mins, and so on until you are down to about 10-15 minutes. At that point you can probably drop it all together and then, if necessary, re-space the other pumps. How quickly you reduce the time, depends on you. If you start feeling uncomfortable or are getting clogs, stick at that time for a while and don’t drop any further until you’ve got rid of them.
Trish~homebirthing mom and surro mom to DD Kaelie (5/03) surro son Aidan (2/08) & surro daughter Ellyss Anne 6/09; Proud to EP!!