I have been exclusively pumping for my DD for 5 months and 2 weeks and the time has come to stop- but I am a bit confused about what I should do.
I began pumping because I had raynaud's and subsequently have had 3 bouts of nipple thrush and masitis. For the past 2 weeks I have had a really painful left nipple, and then this weekend ( just for my birthday!) I got diagnosed with mastitis and am on anti bi and thrush meds and feel pretty rough.
After talking it through with my dr, hv, oh I know now is the time to stop as I really want to have some time with my DD when I am not pumping and ill.
My doc and health vistor have suggested from now on I just remove enough milk to make myself comfortable- and hopefully I will dry up quickly. I have been pumping 4x a day, so I have kept this routine and am pumping about an ounce at each pump.
I am just a bit concerened that I am doing myself some harm- as all of the advice seems to be to continue nursing when you have mastitis. I may be worrying about nothing- but I don't have a good track record!
I just wondered what other people's experiences were of stopping and if anyone else has been in a similiar position?