Re: nursing break
Maybe, maybe not. The risks of taking a vacation from nursing are:
- Baby may refuse to go back to the breast after having a significant stretch of bottles only
- Milk supply may suffer, because pumping is generally not as good at emptying the breast as the baby is. If you eschew nursing AND pumping for 12-24 hours, you can almost certainly expect a significant reduction of supply.
- If you don't empty the breast frequently, you could end up uncomfortably full, or engorged, or with a plugged duct, or with mastitis (an especial risk when mom has cracked skin in the nipple area).
If you decide to take a nursing break, here's what I think you should do:
- Plan to express fairly frequently, at least every 2-3 hours
- Nurse the baby at least 1-2 times a day, so that she's not just getting bottles. You can survive one painful nursing session per day- trust me! BTDT.
- Hydrate the cracks before pumping, using a shot glass full of warm water or a really wet washcloth. Scabs crack open less painfully when they are already moistened.
- If the plan isn't helping you heal or making you more comfortable, or the baby is simply miserable, ditch it.
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