I pumped exclusively for the first 6 months of my son’s life. I wish I had found a good source with detailed directions and a schedule to help me understand how to stop pumping. Once my son turned about 6 months old, I was ready to be done. I was extremely exhausted all the time and was not a very fun person to be around because of it. If you have been thinking you need to stop pumping but you are feeling guilty, that’s completely normal…I had the same feelings! You NEED to read this article on guilt after pumping or breastfeeding. When I was looking for directions they were all very vague and I had no idea where to start, so I hope this schedule will help you! I am a list and schedule type of person so I had to make one.
When I decided to stop pumping….I was pumping about every 3 hours during the day and once in the early morning. Here was my schedule BEFORE I decided to start cutting back. On the rare occasion that I couldn’t make it between the listed times below I’d just pump for a couple minutes until I wasn’t engorged anymore so that I could last until the next scheduled pump. I also tried not to pump as long as I had before unless it was really uncomfortable.
Original Schedule: 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 7pm, 10pm, 4am
Step 1 – Duration of 3 days: 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm, 5am
Step 2 – Duration of 3 days: 10am, 3pm, 9pm, 5am
Step 3 – Duration of 3 days: Noon, 8pm, 5am
Step 4 – Duration of 2 days: 10am, 10pm
Step 5 – Duration of 2 days: Once a day (I chose 10am)
Step 6 – Repeat twice – Pump 48 hours after you last pumped
LAST PUMP – 4 days after that! Horray, you did it!! Make sure you pin this post on Pinterest so you can come back to it laterMake sure to follow Artsy Mama Bear on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, or subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter! :) This post may contain affiliate links, read our Disclosure Policy for more information.