Re: Thinking about weaning, but not very happy about it
I can understand why you're reluctant to go down the antibiotic road again, after the bout with thrush. Still, you may want to consider getting your milk cultured. A problem with recurrent mastitis is that a lot of moms are treated with the wrong antibiotics, which often beat the infection back but do not kill it off. If the mastitis recurs, I would definitely insist on a culture!
I can also understand why you're reluctant to pump at night, and perpetuate any oversupply dimension to this problem. For the average mom, I'd definitely say that staying away from the pump would be the right thing to do! But it seems like you're a little different from the average mom, and it's possible that you might do well to manage your milk supply a little more proactively and a little less naturally. Maybe wake once at night and take an oz from each breast, just to clear the pores on the nipple and keep the milk moving, without being unduly stimulating to supply. Keep those little white plugs from forming, YK? There's no reason to think you need to completely empty the breast with the pump- that will just perpetuate the high supply.
I'm wondering if the pump might be part of the problem. The Lactina is a powerful pump, and it could be stimulating your supply more than you wish- at least during the night, when you seem to have the problem. If you decide to try taking an oz or so from each breast, using hand expression might be preferable. But, on the other hand, why not really try to empty the breast at night? Use that production to fill the daytime bottles that you're struggling to produce at work. Just a thought.
2 other things to try for recurrent plugged ducts:
- soy lecithin supplement (some people swear by it!)
- reducing saturated fat in your diet
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