Breastfeeding Break: Dumping the Pump | Thriftanista in the City

8.02.2011

Breastfeeding Break: Dumping the Pump

Always looking for bewb.
After lugging the breast pump kit on our road trip and not using it, I asked myself why am I still doing this? Most days I only pump once a day so that V is given a bottle at night.

In the beginning, I was doing it so that He could be involved in the bedtime routine. 

I later got it in my head that she wasn't getting a nice full tummy before bed as she "snacks" (short and frequent nursing sessions) throughout the day thereby leading to frequent waking at night. Doesn't it always come back to sleep? I'm obsessed with it.

Now I've just come to accept the sleep is bananas and her all day nursing is bananas.

So I've bid adieu to the milking machine. If I'm not around He gives her formula. Two nights ago she had formula before bedtime and slept from 7pm to 4:30am. Amen! Last night she got bewb and woke up twice. I may just start giving her formula before bed for the next 4 weeks.

I've been cashing in the formula checks I've received and haven't had to spend more than .50. I have enough to last until her 1st birthday. She has a pediatrician visit the the day after her birthday and I will be discussing non-dairy milk alternatives.

In blogland, I come across so many moms who love the breastfeeding relationship and look at it as a bonding experience. This has never been the case for me. I do it for the health benefits, it's free, and super convenient to just whip out a bewb instead of dealing with bottles. Helping me shed the baby weight in a couple weeks was a nice perk too!

I'm ready to be done with breastfeeding completely but I still want it to be her decision.   She's not showing any signs of weaning though. Oh well, it feels good to have a little bit of bewb freedom.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding? The pump? Did you dump the pump before you ended your breastfeeding relationship? Supplement with formula? Did you notice any supply changes?
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