<- It's NOT this easy or glamorous (love the wind on her hair :)
If my pump could talk, it would say it wants to retire. It would say it has seen enough of my womanhood and doesn't want to be my nightly companion anymore. Our relationship is troubled.
Not that it's broken or anything. It's just that this whole milking myself saga is getting old. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Melissa's awake waaaay more during the day, so then I become more sensitive, if you know what I'm saying. I honestly don't mind nursing right now, I just don't want to do it forever. I'm NOT one of those moms who does't have a timeline to stop and dread the day she'll have to. I'm SO not.
My timeline has changed throughout the months, though. When I had her, it was like a day. Just kidding - but not much because while recovering from delivery, nursing seemed close to impossible. Thank goodness for my wonderful persistent husband and the power pump I rented from the hospital (which allowed me to start slooooowly, just pumping in the beginning, until I got the hang of it).
Then I wanted to stop at 6 months, but at that mark, it got so easy (and she was so attached to it) that I just didn't have the heart... And now that we're at 9 months, I'm still doing okay - my only concern is that she'll never want to stop, ever.
I want to get pregnant again in about a year. I do not want to feel like a milking cow uninterruptedly. I hear some babies take the transition to regular milk like it's nothing, and I HIGHLY doubt Melissa will be one of them. She's such a strong willed little person. She does not tolerate not even an ounce of formula mixed into a million ounces of breastmilk. Picky, picky. Just like somebody I know :).
So let me read your weaning off stories... The crazier the better, I want to be prepared for the worst!