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    Question New here, Question.

    Hi. I'm obviously new here. My DD is 14 months. She decided, last thursday, she would quit nursing cold turkey. I know this is very uncommon. Despite my best efforts, she still refuses the breast. I resorted to pumping, but my body just can't make enough milk for her. So I stoped pumping as well. On a quick side note, she refuses/gags on all solid food, we are woking on getting her in to see an occupational therapist/feeding specialist. Long story. Anywho, I wanted some tips for staying comfortable, if anyone has any. Thanks in advance.
    Danielle
    Proud mommy of
    Kimberly (5-26-07)
    Nicholas (2-28-02)

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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    Are you looking for advice for staying comfortable while your body gets used to weaning? Or are you still planning to pump some and try to retain your milk supply.

    Assuming it is the former, I can tell you about my recent experience. When my son decided to cut out his last two nursing sessions within the span of about 5 days a couple of weeks ago, I tried the cabbage method. I thought this was an old wives' tale but it actually worked. The easiest way to do it is to buy a head of cabbage, wash and fully dry the leaves and store them flat in ziploc bags in the refrigerator. You put a leave on each breast (in your bra) and replace them whenever they get warm and wilted (every 2-3 hours or so). This seemed to relieve both pain and engorgement. I also hand pumped a couple of times when my breasts felt too full, just enough to relieve the discomfort and would also express milk in a hot shower a couple of times a day not even using the hand pump, just using my bare hands. After about a week, all discomfort was gone and my breasts seem to be completely dry. If you've been nursing more than 2x a day it may take you longer, but it should work eventually.

    I think Kellymom also has some tips on comfort measures for Mom while weaning.

    Hope that helps!

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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    I second the PP's cabbage tip. It really does work. And since you have a pump, keep it handy and pump when you are feeling seriously uncomfortable. If your goal is to allow your milk to dry up, pump the minimum amount necessary to make yourself comfortable. Eventually your supply will will adjust downwards. If your goal is to maintain your milk supply, just in case your baby decides to go back to the breast, then pump as often as possible.

    I hope this weaning period goes smoothly for you and your baby!
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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    I'm looking to stay comfortable while my milk dries up. Thank you for your advice. Today is much worse then yesterday. I am very sore. I don't feel engorged or anything, just full and sore. She was nursing 6-8 times a day since it was her only nurtition. So I assume it will take a few weeks before I feel comfortable. I am still having a hard time accepting the fact that she's done. We both enjoyed our special time together so much. I always knew it would end, but I guess I was not ready for it to be so soon. I try to take solice in the knowing that I did the BEST for my baby girl for 14 months. And that is a proud accompishment for me. Thanks again, I will try the cabbage.
    Last edited by @llli*lilbluidmom; August 2nd, 2008 at 08:22 AM.
    Danielle
    Proud mommy of
    Kimberly (5-26-07)
    Nicholas (2-28-02)

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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    I didnt have cabbage but just used ice packs which helped a little. Def. pump or express enough to get comfortable. I made the mistake of not pumping for a few days and I had clogged ducts and nearly ended up with mastitis. Luke weaned suddenly at 12.5 months and was nursing the same amount as your dd. It def. wasnt a strike, it is unusual but it does happen. It was bittersweet for me too , but there is def. a new found freedom that I have greatly enjoyed. Good luck and way to go

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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    I just want to add that just because you can't pump ALL of the milk your toddler needs, doesn't mean you shouldn't bother at all. If she won't eat solids at all and you stop providing BM, then what will you give her for nutrition? are you switching her to formula exclusively?

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    Default Re: New here, Question.

    To jewelsf: The doctor told us to give her carnation instant breakfast at least 2 times per day. We are also trying Pediasure (well the walmart version), but that seems to not agree with her. I am not completly aginst formula, I just don't want my kids to have it. Obviously if the doc recommended it I would use it. I found pumping to be very uncomfortable and too time consuming. It just wasn't for me.

    It has been a week since I stoped pumping (i think). Things seem to working themselves out just fine. I am still very sad that she decided to be done without warning, but it happens. I haven't found myself so uncomfortable, that I couldn't handle it. Just some soreness and fullness. And (horray) Kim finally has an appointment with the OT. Now we can get going on her eating issues. Oh and I love my new freedom - even if I still can't do much.
    Danielle
    Proud mommy of
    Kimberly (5-26-07)
    Nicholas (2-28-02)

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