Today, 03:24 AM
I have a 15-month-old who I've been nursing mornings and some evenings. I haven't actively been trying to wean, but I skip evening feeds if he's more interested in playing. This has been our routine for a few weeks without incident, until yesterday, when I developed mastitis (I've had mastitis a few times, so I seem to just be prone to it, and I had an injured nipple from distracted feeding, and my kids are in daycare, so we get a lot of viruses, hence weakened immune system).
Anyway, I hadn't planned to wean before 18 to 24 months, but now I'm thinking I should do it now. I don't want to nurse while I'm taking antibiotics (7 days). The alternative is to express enough to keep my supply up for the next week, which seems like more trouble than it's worth (I work full time, and at the moment pumping is very painful).
The advice I've read on weaning says that it's OK to express just enough to keep your breasts from feeling uncomfortably full. But the advice on mastitis is to express frequently. I assume this is targeted at mastitis in early breastfeeding. I don't really have much milk anymore, so I'm not sure expressing is very helpful in terms of flushing the infection. I'd prefer to express once a day or so, whenever my uninfected breast feels a bit full. Is this a bad idea?