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How long did you plan on breastfeeding vs how long you actually did? If different why? I especially want to hear fromthose on traveling client work!

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I lasted 10 months with #1 but slowly weaned to formula when I went back on the road at 8 mos. Tried the same with #2 but only lasted to 6 mos (traveled sooner). Then the little shit stopped taking formula at 8 mos. We had to switch him to regular milk. He’s 11 now. Perfectly fine and perfectly smart. Go as long as you can without beating yourself up.

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With kid #1 - I breastfed until 16 months (stopped pumping after 14). With kid #2 - I’m just past 12 months, hoping to get to 15. I absolutely hate pumping, but I think I keep doing it in an attempt to assuage my mom guilt for working a lot and traveling.

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I just want to acknowledge how amazing you all are! The planning, logistics, stress and guilt that comes with being a mom in this job is INSANE, not mention the physical toll it takes on our bodies. I can’t speak for your husbands but mine wouldn’t last a day doing what we do. Props all around!!

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Wanted to do six months and made it to nine months. Stopped because it was a downright pain in the ass hauling around the pump and cooler. And my daughter was a bad breast feeder so she wasn’t actually nursing past about eight weeks. So it was just a huge all around pain in the ass pumping day and night and finally I was like... why. Next baby I doubt I will go past my mat leave

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Goal: 1 year. Actual: 1 year—- but had to start supplementing with formula around 9 months because production was dropping (left boob— I’m looking at you!). Right around 1 year, my daughter bit me while nursing (intentionally) and that was it! Done. In retrospect, I should have called it quits once production took a nose dive. It would have saved me a lot of stress and anxiety and my baby would have been totally fine. Next time!

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I have been struggling with this too. Goal 1 year. Currently at 8 months. If I didn’t have leave for the 6 months I’m not sure where we’d be. Started supplementing at 7 months because I don’t have time to pump 5 times a day! And I constantly forgot pump stuff at home. Adding formula took off so much pressure. I’m still Nursing and pumping but I can feel my supply dipping. I’m increasing there formula feeds so I can pump and freeze more to have him breast feed longer if that makes sense.

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Exclusively breastfed until 6 months (took extra time off) and did a mix of breastfeeding/pumped milk/formula up until 1 years old.

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Thought I’d last a month when I first started. It was SO hard- baby’s patch was shallow, I got thrush on both breasts, cracked nipples that seared in pain every time her latched. But I managed to go 7 months. My naive goal before I started was a year but I’m so happy to have made it to 7 months! I mainly quit because baby started biting and I just couldn’t do the traveling while pumping thing

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I stopped at 4 months because I hated pumping when I went back to work bc I needed to make a cutoff for promotion. For my second baby, I plan on taking a longer leave and breastfeed until 6 months

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Wanted to do 6 months, ended at 6 weeks. Baby couldn’t latch and pumping was driving me nuts. Extremely hard decision to stop but once I did I actually started enjoying motherhood!

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I was very naive and thought I’ll bf/pump until 1. Now I am 5 months in and mainly pump. I think everything past 6 months will be a plus for me and I would like to go to 9 months but we’ll see.

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19 months and I planned on weaning at 12 months. I stopped pumping at 12 months...I was sooo over it!!! Then by about 15 months I was done with breastfeeding too but my daughter wasn’t. She was pretty cute about asking so it was hard to say no when she wanted to. Eventually took it down to bedtime only. Then I had to start traveling for work again. After two weeks on the road it was done. I wasn’t sad at all, more relieved. And since we slowly weaned I never dealt with any discomfort

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1 year goal. But about 5-6 months for both kids. I ha to exclusively pump with first due to her not latching and it totally took a mental toll on me. I would eat grains, popcorn, supplements and everything under the sun to keep my supply up Second One I didn’t push it, let him feed as he did and then just switched to formula. I also have PCOS which I later found out dries your milk way faster

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Goal was 6 months, made it to 5.5. Pumping while traveling (or even while not) is a logistical headache. You can make it work, but it definitely adds a layer of prep work and stress every.single.day. Some of it is unique to travel (calling hotel rooms to make sure they have a fridge in their rooms- fun fact, minibar fridges aren’t usually cold enough for breastmilk!) But a lot of the stress you would feel if you were pumping as a working mom at any job (having to call into a meeting from the pumping room down the hall while your team is in a conference room). It wasn’t worth it for me, and my baby didn’t seem to have a preference, so we stopped

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Goal was 1 year. Actual was 11 months breastfeeding and had to stop because...teeth. Pumped until just over a year and had enough milk stored through 14 months. Came very close to quitting a few times though around the 6 month mark when trying to figure out pumping and travel. Mom guilt got me through.

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BCG2 - yes the minibar fridge fact was a surprise for me too! Pain in the ass. I hauled around a Yeti and filled with bags of ice twice a day. Because that’s a totally productive use of time. Honestly, for my second one, I’ll probably try to get local staffing or just switch to formula once I go back to work.

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Thank you so much for sharing!! Ive been having a really hard time getting back to work and pumping around the clock and feel like Im disturbing meetings or have to waitanf be uncomfortable. The guilt is so true.. Guilty towards the team for leaving, for not wanting to pump... Its great to know other stories. Also didn't know about the mini fridge so learned something new!!!

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