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.