When To Dump The Pump

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 8.26.58 AMThere comes a certain time during a mother’s breastfeeding journey when she is ready to dump the pump.  I was ready to dump my pump as soon as I had my first experience using it.  The noises it made and the way it made me feel worked against the machine from the very start.  After 3 years, I continue to look forward to someday officially being able to dump the pump.

In the beginning, I desperately needed my breast pump to keep my supply up and to have bottles of breast milk to send to daycare with my son.  Once my son refused a bottle completely at around 5 months old and I became a stay at home mom, I questioned how much longer I would need to keep my pump around.  I occasionally used it just in case he ever cooperated and took a bottle. It also came in handy when he started sleeping through the night and I would wake up with more milk than I needed in the early morning hours.  I was very hesitant to dump my pump with my first child since it was my first time breastfeeding.  I didn’t use the pump after he turned a year old, but I still waited to donate the pump until I was completely finished nursing him.
Less than two years after starting my breastfeeding journey with my son, my daughter was born.  I received a new breast pump in the hospital and thought “here we go again”.  Luckily, my daughter was a great nurser and since I was not going to be working, I didn’t need a supply for bottles early on.  I did pump once in a while, so that I could try to give my daughter a bottle sometimes.  But, she refused bottles just like her brother.  I was dumbfounded and also somewhat relieved that I wouldn’t need to spend as much time with my pump.
Again, I wasn’t too quick to dump my pump.  A few cases of mastitis and several clogged ducts later, created attachment issues with my pump.  Even though my pump has been sitting in my closet and hasn’t been used in over 6 months, I am still afraid to officially dump the pump.  I’m pretty sure I will hang on to it until I am completely finished with breastfeeding, whenever that may be.
Sarah Cole stays at home with her two busy toddlers and has been breastfeeding for over 3 years.

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