Hi everyone. As some of you know, I was forced to wean DS (then 8 mos) rather abruptly due to my chemotherapy. (Previous post here.) It was pretty gut-wrenchingly awful, stopping BF before we were anywhere near ready, but probably moreso for me than for him. He took right to the bottle (which he'd never had before) and the formula, which I'm feeding on demand despite my pedi's instructions that I wean him off that too. We upped the BLS and he's eating everything in sight 2 or 3 times a day.
I ended up having about 6 weeks to wean him. I started with two weeks of 1 or 2 feedings a day, manually pumping in between. Then I switched to only pumping, decreasing from several times a day, to just once, until eventually I was pumping every only other night. I did one week of every third night and then I just stopped altogether.
It has been about 2 weeks since I pumped at all now. I have no pain to speak of, and nothing I'd call engorgement, but there is still milk. It is right at the surface when I give myself a squeeze.
So my questions are: Do I pump it out, or just let it be? How long will it take my body to realize we're not nursing anymore? What becomes of this milk if I just leave it in there?
I do not want to get clogged ducts or mastitis (I never had any trouble with either while nursing) but I do not want to stimulate production. Although I had originally hoped to pump through treatment and then return to BFing after it was over, it turns out to be logistically unreasonable. My treatment plan (more chemo after surgery) will prevent me from BFing until DS is about 15 mos old.
Any thoughts on how to gracefully de-lactate would be welcome.
P.S. Wasn't sure whether to put this in "Weaning" or "Too Much Milk". Hope this is ok.