Well, here I go. I've been at 2 pumps a day for a week or two now, and today, I'm down to one. On Monday (the girls 10 month birthday), we return the rental pump and I'll only pump when physical comfort demands it.
There are a lot of factors going into this decision.
1) If we don't return the pump by Monday, we pay for another month of rental. There's no way I'm going to be using it another entire month and I have a less powerful pump of my own that I can use for relief.
3) My supply is dwindling. I'm only producing 1/4 of what I used to produce so the return on the time investment is becoming much less satisfactory.
4) Thursday following their 10 month birthday, I'm getting a super fancy schmancy scan on my ankle that requires some sort of injection of icky stuff. I was told I'd have to pump and dump for 17 hours after the injection. Since all the other timing seems to be leading towards weaning right now, I may as well avoid the work of pumping and the heartbreak of dumping if I can. In theory, I'll have gone a couple of days without pumping so I might be totally engorged. If so, I'll pump that morning and buy myself a couple more days before needing to pump again and won't have to worry about the injection.
5) I want to.
So there you have it. Everything that's going on with my boobs as of late. I hope your life is enriched by the knowledge of my boobs and their behaviors.