help -- i've stopped cold turkey with my 2.5 yr. old

by christine
(rochester, ny)

she seems to be ok with it -- so far, but my left one is so engorged I look ridiculous. is stopping cold turkey bad for me?

Thank you for any advice.

Comments for help -- i've stopped cold turkey with my 2.5 yr. old

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Oct 12, 2012
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Weaning
by: Zelda Behr

I would strongly suggest you start again.

Weaning is a very stressful and emotional proses for mom and baby.

It should be done gradually over a long time period, dropping one feed per week leaving the nigh time feed for last.

This way you don't get engorgement and there is no emotional stress on her.

Things that might help make it easier.

* You will have to give more emotional attention to baby, as breastfeeding is a very close bond. Snuggle up close with a story book or a chat.

* Offer her something instead of the breast cup of milk or a juice she likes.

Relieve from engorgement.

* You can bump a bit, just enough to get comfortable, pumping too much can increase milk supply.

* Cabbage leaves: cold cabbage leaves can reduce the swelling.

* Hand express some milk.

* Cold compression will help relieve engorgement.

* Peppermint tea, sage, and thyme help to reduce milk production.

Good luck.




Oct 13, 2012
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weaning
by: Tracy

Hi

Weaning should be a gradual process, in which you drop a few feeds every week, to give your body a chance to adapt.

Read more on weaning here...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-weaning.html

Oct 16, 2012
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Weaning
by: Anonymous

I'm checking out this site and your comment cause I've recently done the same, I have a 19month old and felt that it's been time to wean since last month so I've finally done it, we're in the 4th full day of, "Cold Turkey", I feel good about it and so does my child, however he'll have his melt downs every so often, but gets over them faster and faster each time so we're in the home stretch, I think, but my breasts are engorged and hurting, am I running the risk of mastitis....???

Oct 16, 2012
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Mastitis
by: Zelda Behr

Yes you can get mastitis and if it is left untreated could turn into a breast abases, that will need to be surgically drained.

Here is some info on engorgement...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/engorged-breasts.html


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