Last One Standing

 

Last Thursday was my last day expressing milk at work.  I started with four (sometimes five) sessions a day when I first returned to work from maternity leave. Then I was on three sessions a day, and soon I was down to expressing twice daily at work.  Eventually I only expressed once a day and for the past couple of months, once a day every other day.  All the hard work I put in produced EBM for Ethan’s consumption while I was at work.  Since Ethan is now okay with no EBM supply during the time I am at work, I decided to stop my alternate day sessions altogether.  It follows that today, when Ethan is officially 1 year, 21 months and 5 days old, he would have taken the last bottle of frozen EBM from the freezer. It is time I packed up both my Medela dual pump, Avent breast pump and all my breast milk storage bottles and put them away until they are needed again in future.

I already feel a part of me is missing now that this chapter is being shelved.  And now, the next step would be to wean him from my breasts.

 

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11 comments

oh…Joyce, when I read this post, it brings me back to the memory of those days. The last bottle is always so precious, sooooo precious !!!!!!!

Joyce says: Yeah, you can say that again!

Wah, pui fook, pui fook! Can b/f for this long. Soon you will glad you’ve weaned him. :)

Joyce says: You’re sure I won’t feel a tad sad?

So no more meeting for us in the mother’s room. We need to do lunches more often to catch up!

Joyce says: Yes we definitely should!

you have done an excellent job as a mother…

Joyce says: Thanks dear! :D

It’s a milestone for you… until the next one then…

Joyce says: A definite milestone… :D

1yr 21mths is very admirable!!! I didn’t get past the 4mth mark!!!

Joyce says: Thanks Paik Ling! You too can aim for that for your next one! :)

wow… you really did an amazing job! It’s rea;y part of you rlife and suddenly sure feel miserable of not doing what you had done all these while… btw, just drop by your blog to say hi! i’m from penang too.

Joyce says: Thanks! And welcome to my blog!

I think you already did a great job as my journey only last 7 months. Lucky Ethan! :)

Joyce says: Thanks Healy!

I’m SO PROUD of you~I know it can’t be hard to keep that pumping up and working and trying to juggle it all~GO GIRL! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Joyce says: Thanks Sandi! :D

Wow……..You already stay as exclusive breastfeed mom for almost 2 years from the day we met. I think u have done the best job as a 1st time mother.

congrate u. :)

Joyce says: Well…*almost* exclusive la. He started on some formula when he was about 15 months plus. He still prefers breast milk though.

Great job Mommy. It’s not easy but you’ve made it. Bravo! And now time for weaning - I’m sure you’ll do a great job of that too :)

Joyce says: It’s a struggle to wean, I tell you. Almost as difficult as establishing breastfeeding.