I have been given the go ahead by our pediatrician to start giving whole milk in June, so I have two more weeks of pumping, then I am done for good! I'll keep breastfeeding for as long as she wants it or around 18 months, whichever comes first, so I won't be saying goodbye to that just yet. But I refuse to touch that pump ever again.
Things I'll miss about pumping:
1) Automatic excuse to disappear in the middle of the day at work
2) Get to eat whatever I want, yet still had calculated BMI of 18 at last doctor's appointment
Um, I think that's it.
Things I absolutely won't miss about pumping:
1) Always having to do it every day, no matter how crazy busy I am at work
2) Trying to figure out how to pump at conferences (especially fun when power goes out on entire block)
3) Having to carry the pump everywhere
4) Realizing I'm at work and forgot pump at home
5) Storing and transferring pumped milk to bottles
6) Drinking constantly yet still always being dehydrated
7) Waking up 30 minutes early every day to pump
I met my goal of pumping for a whole year. I didn't meet my goal of not supplementing with formula, thanks to unexpected mold growth on my breast pump tubing, but I'm not crying over it. I only used two cans total the whole year. And as I've said before, I don't think there's actually anything wrong with formula.
My older daughter self-weaned at one year, but I have a feeling it's going to be harder to do the final weaning this time. This one is mega clingy... her first word was "mama," and if I'm home, she refuses to be held by anyone else. But I'm not going to worry about that until the winter.