How long did you (do you plan to) pump at work?

Lori - posted on 07/01/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm curious to hear what other moms are doing. How long will you continue pumping at work? (And I don't mean when will you wean - you may still continue to nurse morning/night/weekends, I'm just curious about the pumping.)

My son is 20 months, and I'm still pumping once a day when I'm at work so he can have a little mama milk while I'm gone. That's probably longer than most people continue to express, but I'm clueless, so I don't really know. I think 2 is probably when I'll stop. I do look forward to not lugging that backpack around every day!

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Natasha - posted on 04/12/2012

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I returned to work when my daughter was three and a half months. I tried to pump at work but found it very hard to do because we have a very small office. I stopped pumping at work and now only breastfeed at night and on the weekends. During the day her granny gives her formula. I still make enough milk for all night time feeds, but weekends are a bit of a problem so I give her formula every now and again if she still seems hungry.

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Lins - posted on 04/06/2013

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I pumped at work for about 7 months. Those day time pumps are the ones I cut out first to slowly wean.

Michele - posted on 11/09/2012

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I wound up pumping for 13 months! She starting weaning a bit at that time, so I just followed her lead. It was well worth it to me to pump until she was ready to transition. Hope you ladies are doing well!

Brittani - posted on 11/08/2012

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Wow 20 months is awesome! GO you! My daughter is 8 months old and i work on average 42 hours a week and pump while im at work. MY goal was to make it to 12 months and now I am hoping for 16 months. But we will see....it is getting pretty difficult and I can only pump about 11-12 oz in an 11 hour work day.

Alyse - posted on 09/11/2012

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Within the last 12 months my employer built a lactation room on my office floor. It was much needed because the only place to pump before was the handicap stall in our restroom which was appalling. My daughter is 12 weeks old and I plan on pumping at work until she is 12 months, perhaps more if my body agrees with me. She does prefer nursing to the bottle but at some point I may switch to breast milk bottle feedings 100% to prevent nipple confusion. My child care center is walking distance from my employer so I can breastfeed on my lunch break if I desire. I am very lucky to be able to do this.

Michele - posted on 02/01/2012

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Wow! I am glad I read this! I had planned on just pumping until my little girl turned one, but I will see how long I can last! She's only 8 1/2 months right now, and there are no signs of her not being interested in nursing. So I figure we'll do it until she loses interest.

Jill - posted on 04/11/2011

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I stopped pumping at work when my son was fourteen months. He is still nursing at home when I am home.

NK - posted on 12/30/2010

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That's really great for you. My son is almost 14 months and i have been pumping at least once a day. I am not sure if i want to continue pumping at work but afraid that my milk supply will dwindle and force him to wean when not ready as he loves nursing..

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2010

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My guy is 13 months and feeds 2- 3 times a day and I pump once a day, so he can have some at daycare. It's working out well for us!



I plan to keep going for at least another six months or so, if I can!

Corisande - posted on 10/11/2010

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Wow, that is a long time. I did breastfeed both of my children but at 6 months I stopped pumping at work and just continued morning and evening. So I really really admire your presistance! Congrats!!

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2010

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I was hoping to stop pumping when my son turns one (in Oct) but he's not really eating solids very much yet and unless he gets way better I will still feel obliged to pump for him for a while longer. I pump twice a day at work so I may at least cut it down to just once over my lunch break.

Kelly - posted on 08/04/2010

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I was going to stop pumping when my daughter turned one since I plan on stop breastfeeding then too - which is 6 months away.

Lilah - posted on 07/07/2010

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I think that's awesome that you're still pumping. I teach high school and I could only pump once a day during the last school year. My son turns 1 in 2 weeks so I don't think I'm going to pump but I have very mixed feelings about it. I think he'll probably self wean after awhile which makes me kind of sad. he's my last baby.

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2010

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With #1, I stopped pumping at work at about 11 months. He continued to nurse for another month, and pretty much weaned himself as my supply slowly dropped. Hoping to make it at least as long with #2.

Kudos to you! 20 months is a long time to pump! Congrats!

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