No advice here but I wonder too. On the rare occasion Ryan goes (almost) all night without nursing my milk supply suffers. I am on a max dose of domperidone butfigured there's so many other people whose babies sleep through the night, they don't seem to have a problem with milk production.
Yeah, I know ... I don't get how this works for people!
I have made the decision that once the antibiotics kick in and my fever stays down, that we will be weaning off breastfeeding. Since I managed to get sick twice in one month, which now has me thinking it was not the flu and likely mastitis earlier this month, I figure six times is enough for me and with my history a few more mastitis bouts were in my future if we continued nursing. I am in the fortunate position that DS does take bottles and hypoallergenic formula without any struggles so I don't think the transition will be too difficult for him. I'm worried that I will become super engorged but my PCP assured me that if I drop one nursing time every few days starting with the last night one and only express enough milk during a warm shower to relieve pressure but not stimulate my milk making that I should be able to wean completely in about three weeks time. It's amazing to me that I about flipped my lid when DS was so scrawny at birth and the post-partum nurse told us we had to supplement with formula for a little while because he wasn't gaining enough weight. This baby process has been a lesson in compromise and letting go of all my preconceived notions of how I thought it would go. Now a lot of the things that were such emotional triggers because I thought they would threaten my ability to bond with DS or mean that I wasn't trying hard enough, don't have the same effect one me. So, it has been decided and another one of my goals (nursing until a year old) will just have to shift a little.
Thanks again to everyone who provided so much support when I was dealing with the whole dairy elimation diet and supply issues. When I've weaned successfully, hopefully I'll be a good resource for how to do it without causing engorgement, etc.
Christina, I am glad you have made a decision that will end the mastitis nightmare. I hope all goes well with weaning and you don't get too engorged and NO mastitis flareups.
And well said about the shifting goals and notions... I was SO upset when we supplemented with formula early on and now I would be happy if babe took it. Anyhow, you've done great sticking it out so far and I hope all goes smoothly!
Excellent, Christina! I had it 10 times and finally had my milk cultured so maybe you should ask about doing that, too, just to make sure you really really kill off the mastitis this last round of antibiotics before weaning. My girly just started to be able to handle a little formula a few days ago so I too am in the process of weaning -- well, from 2 babies to 1. So far so good dropping one pumping session and giving one bottle of Alimentum at night. It's such a crazy relief and I can start to enjoy the babies a little. I hope your weaning works out smoothly and gives you some relief, too!
Well we are down to one nursing session (first thing in morning) and my boobs have decided not to seek revenge...yet. Bottle feedings are going fine and any time I get a little sentimental about weaning early, I just remember what it felt like when every joint in my body hurt, burning up like a furnace, exhausted and nauseated...no thank you! I hope to wean off the last session this coming week as my milk production continues to slow down. I have been taking the No More Milk tea but it is hard to tell if it helps or if my body is just making adjustments on its own after skipping a nursing session for several days.
This last dropped session has been the hardest as my boobs do not seem to be getting the hint that the shop is closed. Doesn't help when I read stuff saying it can take several weeks, months even, before everything dries up. I so badly want to pump or nurse just to get some relief but know that would just make things take longer. I've been going on a dairy bender so nursing may not be good idea anyway. So right now I'm sitting with wilting cabbage leaves in my bra...fun stuff
Ugh, I am not looking forward to getting to that point. I knew babies can have a hard time with weaning if they are old enough but this weaning thing seems so tough on the body! Does the cabbage help at all? I've heard there's some milk-stopping tea. (Edit: Oh hi, DUH, I guess I read it from you.) Have you heard any other ideas?
I am still nursing my boy on demand (which is approximately a billion times per day) and have been dropping pumping sessions for my girl, who now gets about 50% formula. So I'm down to 3 pumping sessions per day. I thought I was doing it slowly enough but I'm waiting now for the babies to wake up from their nap to pick up my antibiotics. This is my twelfth round of mastitis.
OMG! As if nursing wasn`t difficult enough without the mastitis. The ONE time DS slept almost through the night I woke up with nasty plugged ducts that took a week to clear up. Dreadful.
Sheila once you're done pumping for your girl will you put your son onto formula as well?
I'm tempted to try the formula again for my son. He wouldn't take it last I tried. I started eating dairy again and so far so good but the last few nights he's been up a million times so I am not sure if he's teething, if it's the reintroduction of milk (finally) or if he's just making life hell for no good reason. We have a ped appointment next week and I will bring it up.