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Towards Weaning.

Since my last post, I have tried to implement a few changes to make things better.  For one, I have decided to stop feeling so stressed about pumping enough milk for A.  Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, after 9 months of pumping without mastitis (blocked ducts yes, mastitis no), I suffered not 1 but 2 episodes of mastitis over 2 consecutive weeks, right boob then left. The supply tanked after the first episode and I decided to take the opportunity to slow things down and gradually wean.  Even though the mental determination was there, it was still affecting me psychologically. I mean, after going through the first few months of suffering through the 3-hourly pumping schedule and building up a decent supply, and then reaching a nice maintenance mode where pumping became easier and a way of life for me, it was hard to let go.

Nonetheless, after the second round, and the supply continued to tank, I thought enough is enough.  Final straw was when the Spectra S1 pump decided to konk out suddenly one day.  I still have a portable Spectra M1 but it doesn't empty as well.  I take it as a sign.  To add a bit of humor into the situation, I told myself it would be a gift from A to me for my birthday.  LOL.

In any case, I should have sufficient frozen supply to last almost for the next 1.5 months when A will turn one.  And so the journey to wean starts truly. I have been consciously trying to drop my 3rd pump down to 2.  The supply is still going down and now I'm making slightly more than half of what I used to be able to make.  At this rate, I should be so discouraged from pumping in a week.

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