I haven't had a similar experience, but any amount of breast milk is good! I just recently weaned my DD at 6-1/2 months and I know how exhausting it can be! Most days, she was eating every 2 hours, even at 6 months old! I quit cold turkey a week and a half ago and just yesterday my breasts finally started feeling better. That engorgement and pain is horrible!
Also, because of cracked and bleeding nipples in the beginning, I strictly pumped and fed by bottle for about 2 months. Once I was healed up, I went back to nursing. Maybe once you see if your supply is up this time, you'll feel more inclined to nurse. But to answer your question, definitely try and see how much you get and offer whatever you can! GL!View Thread
So I have successfully weaned my DD. I breastfed for 6-1/2 months. Last Monday I completely stopped cold turkey. My left breast is doing alright, a little tender in certain spots, but not engorged or anything. My right breast on the other hand is still fully engorged, painful and really itchy! I went in to urgent care on Friday and the doc thought it could be mastitis again so he put me on Augmentin. I've been taking that since Friday night. Most of the extreme pain has gone away, but I still get this sharp, burning shooting pain that goes through the top of my breast, and it is still very tender in several areas. It is still very hard and engorged and itches like crazy!! Could there be something going on that the antibiotic wouldn't cover? I thought for sure after 7 days of not nursing that the engorgement would lighten up a bit.View Thread
I know this post is kinda old, but I just finally weaned my DD! Yes, it takes persistence and trial-and-error. She is 6-1/2 months old and was exclusively breastfed (plus some solids starting at 5 months). She fought me tooth and nail on the bottle! I even switched brands of bottles and she was not having it. Finally, one day I switched from Enfamil to Similac and used the Avent bottle instead of the Breastflow, and she finally gave in. I also would not give her the breast, and after about the 2nd missed feeding, she took the bottle and has been doing formula for 5 days now.
Just be very careful going cold turkey like I did. My breasts became EXTREMELY engorged and sore, and yesterday I ended up going to the urgent care because my right breast just wasn't getting better, and I had swollen lymph nodes, and sure enough I have mastitis again. My advise would just to be persistent and try different formula/bottle combinations. This is what my DD's pediatrician suggested to me. HTH and GL!View Thread
Are you running a fever or just feeling generally achy or fatigued? When my DD was about 3 weeks old I developed mastitis. One day I felt fine and the next my breast was super sore, red, and engorged. I also had a fever of 102. It was so incredibly painful! I ended up having to be put on an antibiotic and within 24 hours I felt better. I would definitely get it checked out if warm compresses and massaging it doesn't work!View Thread
My DD will be 6 months old soon and when she was about a week or 2 old my nipples were extremely sore, cracked and bleeding. I would cry every time it was time to nurse. For about 6 weeks I decided to just pump and feed her by bottle. Finally, once I was healed up, I put her back on the breast and she's been nursing ever since with no pain whatsoever! If you can, I say pump for a while and after they heal, try again.View Thread
Hi Wendy! Long time no see... guess it's been a while since I've been on here. I had mastitis back when LO was around 2-3 weeks old. I had horrible flu-like symptoms, chills, high fever, achy all over and my booby hurt SOOOO bad! But, within 24 hours of taking the antibiotics I felt much better. Maybe you're coming down with a virus of some sort too? I know, lovely, right? How is your LO doing? If I remember right, ours are right around the same age... Neveah will be 4 months on May 5.View Thread
I know exactly how you feel! After leaving the hospital, DD and I couldn't get the latch right and for 2 weeks I nursed her with sore, cracked, bleeding nipples. I was in EXTREME pain every time I nursed her. I took a break for about 3-4 weeks and just pumped and fed her by bottle while my nipples healed. I was afraid to go back to exclusively breastfeeding, but I did it and we are now 2-3 weeks in and it's going perfect! We finally got the latch down and no more painful nursing sessions. Definitely talk to a lactation consultant and as others have said, make sure you are comfortable and relaxed when you're nursing. I also have a Boppy pillow and it makes nursing so cozy for both of us! I know it hurts and you just want to throw in the towel on BF but you can do it and it will get better!View Thread
LOL I feel your pain! My supply started to drop a bit too, and I was pretty much exclusively pumping because of extremely sore, cracked and bleeding nipples.. OUCH! But now for the past 3 days I've been exclusively nursing again. I've got about 4-5 bottles worth of milk in the freezer but I want like 10 in there and a good stash of 4-5 in the fridge. I've been drinking water like crazy and finally remembering to eat at each meal, but I'm not sure if my supply has picked up since I'm back to nursing instead of pumping. I tried the Motherlove Milk Plus, I think it's called, about a month ago. It tastes nasty but it definitely did keep me ahead of schedule. My pump has also lost some suction - I hear air getting in somewhere - so I'm going to try to pick up a replacement valve today and see if I can't get that fixed to get back ahead. YES boobs do suck!!!View Thread
Maybe I'll have to try just the fenugreek and see if that helps. I like to have 2 drinks every Saturday afternoon, just MY time to relax after dealing with 3 kids all week, working from home and all the weekly household duties, and so I like to have a supply on hand. I've also heard about a product called hops.. not sure what it is or where to find it, but I read something about how it's supposed to increase supply too. Good luck to you!!View Thread
I was taking the Mother's Love Milk Plus, I think it was called. It did help to keep my supply up. I am pumping and feeding by bottle and then nursing at night. DD is 7 weeks old and taking 4 oz. every 2-4 hours right now, and I'm only getting about 3 oz. every 2-3 hours. I just pumped after 8 hours of no pumping and got 7 oz. We had to supplement with formula for a day so I could catch up, and now have five 4 oz. bags in the freezer, plus the 7 oz. in the fridge. I am considering getting back on the Mother's Love or fenugreek or something because I like to have a big stash. I try to pump every 2-3 hours to let my body know to increase my supply but haven't really seen an increase yet. Sorry I didn't have better advice. I don't know how some women can pump 6-8 oz. in one sitting.View Thread