First of all good morning and thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm a mom to two, a 4.5 year old who I nursed for a year and a 7.5 month old. I'm currently nursing my 7.5 month old (nursing and pumping while at work), and the last couple of weeks have been a real trial.
First at the beginning of this month I received my first pp period, and I noticed a drop in my pumping output as well as Gavyn didn't seem to want to nurse as much. I think his not wanting to nurse as much could be related to teething, but I'm not sure. Anyway, when I would typically pump around 5-6 oz at my first pump of the day, that week I was only able to get 4.5, but still managing to get around 11.5 to 12 oz a day. I've been managing to keep up with his two 6 oz bottles a day because I'm going at lunch to nurse him.
This week daycare (home-based) is going on several field trips meaning I need to send a third bottle. This will probably deplete my frozen stockpile and I left a sample of formula with her today in case she needs to supplement.
I also developed a blister of some sort on the side of one nipple. I think this reinforces that he's teething and has changed his latch somehow. It hurts like the dickens, and when I just pumped my morning pump there was some blood. I'm using lanolin, but I'm not sure what else I can do. I don't think its a milk blister because aren't those typically on the top of the nipple with milk underneath? This is on the side and just looks like a little red lump.
Then this morning (after only two weeks) I seem to have gotten another period. I'm basically feeling pretty downtrodden and think that Gavyn may be weaning or that my body is telling me that we're done. I'm not ready though, and really want to avoid formula. Any ideas or support is appreciated!