3 weeks ago, a little after JAE turned 13-months, I completely stopped pumping. Prior to that, I was down to 1-pump a day and was producing about 4-ounces each day. Then I decided to pump every other day. One week, I felt exceptionally full so I decided to hand express. I was able to get this for JAE.
A week after that, I hand expressed again but this time, I only got 3/4 of an ounce of milk. At last, my body had received the signal and realized I no longer needed to make milk for my baby.
That was 2 weeks ago. I have since then completely stopped pumping. I have really enjoyed the "free time" I now have. I am so thankful for the support I received from my family and while this is a bit challenging because I really will miss being her sole source of nutrition, I am happy that I was able to give her the best for the first 13-months of her life.
Today, I picked up my pump bag from the nursing room and removed my name from the nursing rooster in the room. Will I ever use that room again? Only time will tell. The bag is now empty.