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Old 06-04-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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My daughter is just a week shy of 5 months. I have enough frozen milk to feed her probably for another month. I have done this with both children because I heard 6 months is the most beneficial for breast feeding, and I just hate breast feeding so much that I have exclusively pumped for both of my kids. Breast feeding made my nipples bleed and left me in agony, and my kids would eat for like two hours or more, and I could never do anything but BF, sot that's why I decided to EP. Anyway, I've decided to stop because this is the amount of time I BF my first born & I wanted them to have the same amount of breast milk so I wouldn't feel like I did more for the other. I'm sick of my kids needing me when I'm chained to my pump! It is just so painful to quit! Here's what I'm doing per advice of lactation specialist: Taking Ibuprofin (because it's an anti-inflammatory) round the clock, alternating between ice & hot packs (even though I use ice way more because it feels so good!), and only pumping enough to relieve pressure. I try to still pump at each normal feeding time but only a little. I started this Sunday, so this is day 3 1/2. I finally dropped a whole feeding yesterday. Any advice or tips would be so appreciated because I'm still engorged & in pain! Thanks!

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:43 AM   #2
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Mama, I fear that this thread will become heated.

I am going to keep my personal feelings to myself and just suggest that you not wean suddenly or you can come down with mastitis.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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While I am not advocating weaning at 6 months, I have heard that putting cabbage leaves against your nipples helps people dry up. I will say that nursing gets much easier once you reach start introducing solids. Nursing got much easier at the 6 month mark for me.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:52 AM   #4
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I've heard that lettuce leaves in the nipple area can help too. Not sure about that though, maybe kellymom.org has some suggestions?
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:54 AM   #5
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Six months is far too young...

But if you really feel you must, celery seed and sage can help reduce milk supply.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:54 AM   #6
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I have no idea i just let my middle dd wean her self so i slowly weaned.. My ds is 14 months i wanna stop he dont so im stuck nursing lol...

If anyone throw heat at u tell them where to shove it at least u did 5+ months better than nothing, I say keep pumping just pump less and less until only when u become gorged u will still have good milk for ur baby abd will be letting ur self slowly dry out..
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decongestants will dry you up.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:03 AM   #8
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it is recomended now for babies to recieve breastmilk for at least 12 months. don't feel you can't do for your daughter just because you didn't do for your son.

my own son, I weaned him at 7 months, primarily due to ignorance about his nutritional needs and growth spurts and milk supply, anyhow. I nursed my twins until they weaned at 23+ months.

I don't feel badly, I did the best for my son I knew how, adn the best for my duaghters I knew how.

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:06 AM   #9
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maybe you should try posting this on a ff board? just bc maybe there you would fine mamas who weaned so early?

i dont want to be snarky, but maybe find a better LC who can help you nurse properly, bc bleeding and pain isnt normal..

also, bfing should "chain you down" like pumping.. i can bf in a sling and a wrap, so its possible if you work hard at it.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
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I think it's pretty widely known my feelings on breastfeeding, and that I would completely disagree with what you're doing.

I just want to say that I think there would be a lot of very unhappy children in the world if their parents never learned from past experiences and applied newfound knowledge as they move forward. Many, MANY people on this board parent subsequent children differently than they parented their earlier one(s).

As for your kids needing you while you pump... I'm sure there's a way you could plan things so it could work. Not to mention, your baby "needs" what it is you're producing when you pump.
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