Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I can now say I am officially free from my pump! I have not used it in a week so it got put away last night. I can't even begin to describe what it feels like to no longer be a slave to my pump after nearly an entire year! If you know about our breastfeeding journey, you know that we had a rocky beginning. I was very committed to being successful so I pumped A LOT in the beginning. When the boys were about two months old they were finally breastfeeding good, so I cut back my pumping significantly. Then, about a month later, I returned to work for a few weeks and again had to pump during the day. Since returning home I have only pumped at night (which was plenty)! We gave the boys bottles at bed time so Jeff could also take part in some feedings. This meant I would have to pump after we put them to bed. I would then pump again a few hours later before I went to bed. Recently we changed our routine so that Jeff would bottle feed one and I breastfed the other (we switched off each night). This did not work out so great so I just started breastfeeding them both. I continued to pump after they went to bed and before I went to bed. I quickly realized this was pointless. I have over 200 ounces of frozen breastmilk that we are not even using and pumping was just increasing this stash. I think I was still a little caught up in "keeping up my supply" and making sure I had a good "freezer stash". Now that they are approaching a year old there really is no need for all this. So, last night I took the long awaited leap of putting away the pump that has been my side kick, my best friend, my worst enemy, my life-saver, my time-consumer, my.....

AHHHH....freedom is good!


  1. Yeah to no pump! I also have a love/hate relationship with my pump. lol. I'm sure you already know this, but just in case, don't get rid of your pump yet. You'll need it to "relieve the pressure" once you decide to wean the boys.

  2. So proud of you for persevering this long! I put away mine after only a couple months with the twins!! It was such great joy... I thought about throwing a party! Dana's right though... you may need it again once or twice! Congrats on breaking free!