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    Default how to wean with tons of milk and little pumping time

    I have TONS of milk. I got mastitis, not severely, at 2 weeks. Now at 2 months I have a very bad case of mastitis. I'm concerned that when I'm ready to wean I'll get it again because I get about 3 oz per side, five minutes on each side. Which is a short time, I know, but I empty them each time.

    (I got mastitis I think due to the fact that I am trying to decrease my pumping schedule right now because I'm trying to be more in sync with my son's feeding.)

    So, the whole decrease a couple minutes each time doesn't really work for me, because that would decrease my pumping by half.

    Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: how to wean with tons of milk and little pumping time

    mama!

    Are you ready to wean soon, or are you looking a while down the road? The reason why I ask is because if your lo is only 2 months old, your body still may be learning exactly how much milk your baby will need. As your child grows older, your body will be able to regulate the amount of milk needed for baby much more efficiently.

    When the time comes, you may want to shorten each pumping session by a few minutes each time.


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    Default Re: how to wean with tons of milk and little pumping time

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mammaof2 View Post
    Are you ready to wean soon, or are you looking a while down the road? The reason why I ask is because if your lo is only 2 months old, your body still may be learning exactly how much milk your baby will need. As your child grows older, your body will be able to regulate the amount of milk needed for baby much more efficiently.
    2 months is a little early to be concerned about something that probably won't happen for another 10 months, minimum- unless you want it to happen sooner?

    Since the "decrease by a few minutes" thing may not be tailor-made for you, how about buying a kitchen timer, and decreasing by a few seconds instead? Start with 20 seconds, then 30...
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    Default Re: how to wean with tons of milk and little pumping time

    is the baby nursing any at the breast?
    Whats your pumping schudle like now?
    You might be able to slowly pump less as the baby gets older and needs less milk I wouldn't worry to much about it now.

    There is some good info here about masitius
    and what to do if you have recurrent cases.

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html

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    I'm back, after having a horrible episode of mastitis, more plugged ducts, and yet another case of mastitis in just over a month.
    So here are the facts:
    I pump every 2.5 hours (even at night) for about 5-7 minutes, which empties the entire breast. I was pumping every 2 hours when my ducts became plugged. I produce about 5-6 oz per pumping session.
    I do not nurse at the breast. I have tried recently and he refuses! Which is more than just a little frustrating since I become engorged and plugged up very easily. If my baby ate enough and would nurse, this amount of milk would be a blessing, for sure, but right now, I'm hating it: being sick all the time, being sore all the time, having to sleep ONLY on my back, not being able to wear a supportive enough bra, etc etc. Not to mention not getting more than 1-2 hours of sleep in a row, which I know is definitely not good for me.

    So the answer would be what? cabbage leaves? Please help me! SOOOO tired, sick, and frustrated. i really want to wean soon, because I cannot function this way, even though I REALLY want to give my baby breastmilk.
    Last edited by @llli*pumping.mom; November 16th, 2009 at 04:11 PM. Reason: Forgot something!

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    Default Re: how to wean with tons of milk and little pumping time

    Oh yuck, it sounds like you're having a really tough time! I'm so sorry this has been so hard on you.

    I know you're feeling ready to wean, but are you really ready? If you look down the road a few months, are you going to be okay with that decision? Not trying to push you one way or the other, just trying to encourage you to really think this one through!

    If you're not quite ready to give up the fight, there are still some things you can do, including:
    - Try a soy lecithin supplement. Many moms swear it helps to treat/prevent their plugged ducts.
    - Try a different pump. Maybe your pump is a little too good at emptying you out, and a different model would get the job done slower and more gently.
    - Try a different size of breast shield- poorly-sized shields can contribute to plugged ducts.
    - Do your best to cut down on the night-time sessions- if you can shorten them or start skipping some you will eventually see a decrease in milk output. I am sure exhaustion is weighing very heavily on you!!!
    - Talk to your midwife or doctor, and maybe ask for a referral to a breast specialist. I've heard that ultrasound is useful for treating plugged ducts.

    If you decide that you are ready to wean, then:
    - Try the cabbage leaves. They can't hurt, and may help. Also, sage and peppermint are herbs which are supposed to be good for reducing supply, and they make great teas. Together these baby steps may reduce your supply to a more manageable level.
    - Try the soy lecithin supplement- it may help cut down on the plugged ducts while you wean.
    - Do your best to shorten your pumping sessions, and start skipping some when you feel you're ready.
    - Talk to your midwife or doctor. There are drugs which you can take which can lower supply, including (in some cases) birth control pills and even Sudafed (I think).
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