I'm officially done with breast-pumping. I decided to stop last Thursday because I was feeling super-duper crappy and really needed to take some medicine. After 12 months of taking no medicine whatsoever (except of Advil a few times post-partum), I thought it was high time that I treat myself to relief from my symptoms. And seeing as the medicine would likely make its way to my wee little breast milk supply, I figured that this was as good a time as any to just stop pumping. Granted, I could have pumped for a couple of days and tossed the milk just to keep production going. I did do that the next day, but I decided not to pursue that further.
I had a pretty good run, all things considered. PK still took advantage of the benefits of breastmilk for 3.5 months even if the supply was steadily dwindling as time went on. PK is healthy and is developing very well. Pumping can be very time-consuming, and it's no picnic for my boobs. Seeing as it was taking 3 pumps per day at 30 to 40 minutes per pump to get between 60 and 80 ml (leaning more toward 60 ml) of breast milk, it was becoming more trouble than it was worth.
Though I feel a bit sad to leave the breast milk days behind, I have learned from this whole experience. If the hubby and I ever have a second child, I'll be better-equipped to handle this breast-feeding thing, and I will most certainly not be afraid to supplement with formula if needed. Best of all, I can go back to wearing my kick-ass push-up bras!
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