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    Question Weaning from one breast only

    I am going to try to wean my 3.5 month old dd off my right breast once the abscess heals. This is the second time on this breast, and I don't want to run the risk of it happening again.

    Does anyone have any advice on doing this, or can direct me to sites that can offer tips? Thanks so much in advance!

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    Default Re: Weaning from one breast only

    Hi there. I read your original post about this abcess and I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. It sounds painful! I hope that you will consider seeing a Certified Lactation Consultant in your area. I think that with the medical complications, that will be the best route for you, at least to start with.

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    Default Re: Weaning from one breast only

    I have been working with two lactation consultants and one LLL leader. They all have been wonderful, but the more information I find out, the better. None of them have personally known someone who has allowed herself to dry up on one side, although they tell me it can be done. Also, my pediatrician is SUPER breastfeeding supportive, and told me that some asian cultures only nurse on one side from birth. They've told me to reduce the amount of nursing on the bad side, and increase on the good side, but I have also read about breast binding, cool packs, etc., and don't know if they would help. I also need to drain my bad side at least once per day to empty the galactocele, which won't allow me to wean, right?

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    Default Re: Weaning from one breast only

    If you will be expressing milk at all, you will likely continue to produce milk to some degree, even if it's once a day.

    Has it been determined that nursing is what causes the issue? I wonder if you might nurse more often on that side, if that would keep the cyst from ever getting overly full?

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    Default Re: Weaning from one breast only

    I initially noticed a small lump during the first two weeks of nursing, but I knew I had a galactocele, and the specialist 10 years ago told me that it wouldn't be a problem. Well, the lump got bigger with time, and then developed into mastitis, then an abcess. It seems that over time, by not draining it completely each day, it grew larger. Before it abcessed it was about the size of a walnut, and after it abcessed it was about the size of a plum.

    It seems that you're right - if I keep it as empty as possible then it would stay small or shrink. I can't find any info on the web about living with a galactocele. If it is monitored closely with my doctor, maybe I can continue to nurse? I had warning signs for a couple weeks as it got larger, I just was too ignorant to know that it could turn into mastitis and abcess. I really had wanted to nurse for at least a year, but the past few weeks have been so painful, it is hard not to throw in the towel and give up completely.

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