So I've been BF my LO and she's almost 9 months old now. With my ODD, I nursed for 18 months. Wanted to do the same for this LO too. However this time I am not sure I can.
I have psoriasis and it has been real bad since after this pregnancy. And the last couple of weeks, the psoriasis patches on my nipples have started to crack. It hurt but I kept nursing. Till today. This morning the cracks are so bad, I can see flesh and it's bleeding. It's almost like the nipple is going to tear away from the breast. The last couple of weeks, it would heal a little between feeds but every time she nursed, it would open afresh. I can't do this anymore. It hurts SO bad. even my clothes against my breasts are enough to make it hurt. It hurts to carry LO or even walk sometimes. I need to stop as much as I don't want.
DH went out a bought a box of formula and a bottle. Going to start now and hoping she'll take to it. I hate it because I have always been such an advocate for bf.
Now my question - I still want to nurse. If I take a couple of weeks off to let my breasts heal, can I get back to nursing after that? Has anyone stopped and resumed after a couple of weeks? And no I cannot pump to keep my supply up. It's just not possible with my tears.
Please give me your suggestions/thoughts. I am in terrible pain and starting to get depressed