Post # 1
My son is 6.5 months and I now have mastitis for the third time. Self diagnosed right now, but I have an appointment with my doc at 7:30am for another round of antibotics.
I pumped 2x a day for 3 days, and here I am again. Nothing is working that has worked previously and my temp is higher than before (101.9). I’ve talked with the nurse, if it goes over 102.3 I’m to go to the ER.
But I think I’m done breastfeeding now. So, my question is, how on earth do I wean him? I can’t pump, because my body clearly goes into overdrive. He’s still nursing every 2-2.5 hours, even at night. EXCEPT he has gone 3.5 and 4 the last two nights because he kept waking up during his naps. Which, coupled with the pumping, is probably why I’m dying right now. So, my body is keeping up with insane milk production… I’ve tried just pumping to relieve the pressure the second time, but it didn’t work.
Best advice please! It kills me to think about but damn this pain sucks.
Post # 2
I don’t have any suggestions on weaning cause I have zero experience with this yet but just wanted to send virtual hugs and support! This sounds so brutal and I’m really sorry you’re still dealing with it. I completely understand being done with breastfeeding – the fact that you’ve made it this far with the mastisis and oversupply issues you’ve had is nothing sort of herculean! Take care of yourself fellow pee!
Post # 3
Sheesh, I’m sorry mama. Sounds horrible. If I were you I’d wait till the mastitis is on the upswing before weaning…Towards the middle/end of the rround of antibiotics, start cutting the amount of feedings in half (so instead of nursing him every two hours…nurse every 4, supplement with formula in between if he is hungry. Do that for two days or so, then cut them in half again…and so on until you are down to zero. Probably will take about a week total. Do not pump in between nursing sessions, if you feel totally engorged and need relief, just hand express a couple of times until you feel more comfortable.
Post # 4
I’m sorry! Poor thing! My breast feeding class said not to pump if you’re engorged because it creates even more production. Instead, take a warm shower and hand express. Can you do that for now? No advice on weaning, but sending you all the good vibes!
Post # 5
Have you been to see an IBCLC to talk about why you keep getting mastitis? They would also be able to give you some good advice for weaning.
Alternatively, you probably want to wean slowly and just drop one feed at a time so you don’t end up with more mastitis.
Post # 6
Oh friend, I’m so sorry. I can sympathize. Do you keep getting it in the same location? With my third I kept getting it in the same breast. Weaning was hell, every time I dropped a feeding I would get mastitis until I started taking lecithin supplements. They helped A TON. Drink a ton of water!
Post # 7
Oh man bee, that’s terrible! No advice on weaning but just wanted to say I’m sorry you’re dealing with this again. I really hope weaning helps you.
Post # 8
My LO is 7 mos, so I have very little experience with weaning (I plan to keep breastfeeding for the rest of the year, but I’ve been slowly cutting back as I introduce more solids)…but I can at least share what seems to be working for me, and what I’ve gleamed from other resources.
At 6 mos, your baby should be capable of sleeping through the night without a feeding (as long as there’s no weight concerns)…so you might want to look into sleep training if he’s only using you as a pacifier to sooth back to sleep, or you can gradually start giving him less time at the midnight buffet so his system will stop expecting so much food at night…this should also help regulate your supply, too. Feed him as much as you can during the day, and especially right before bed so that the majority of his calorie needs have been met during daytime.
Hope this helps…and I hope you get relief soon!
Post # 9
Thank you for all your help ladies! I’ve soaked in the tub and expressed some and he nursed the rest of it. My fever peaked at 102.6 but has since dropped down to 101.1, so I was told I don’t have to go to the ER. It’s very sore, and feels still very full but I don’t want to overdo it either.
Kemma : Yes. I’ve talked with her. We’re meeting tomorrow. She said I just have “super thick, strong milk” and I produce too much too easily.
lynniestar : First two times was two different locations on the left breast, this time it’s on the right. I’ve tried lecithin before and it didn’t make a difference.
I’m seeing my doc in the morning and have an appointment late morning with the same lactation consultant that’s helped my little guy and I since the beginning.
Post # 10
kiram : We’re working on that, and we were in perfect balance until stupid me decided to pump 🙄. I have talked with his doc about him still waking up at night and he does actually nurse about 7-8 minutes every time. I am not just a pacifier. We gave him a bottle instead one time (before all of this when we were balanced), and he did take the normal 4-5 ounces.
We did have pretty significant weight issues in the beginning, so that’s part of the reason I’ve continued to allow it. I think we might finally be over the hump, but the concern is still there for me…
Post # 11
Have you tried cabbage leaves? I know it sounds weird, but it worked really well for me! Just take a big cold cabbage leaf and put it right on your boob and then put your bra on I’ve that. Mastitis gone!
Post # 12
MsPlucky : Lots of babies still need a night feed until well over twelve months so don’t feel like you need to sleep train if that’s not you jam!
Post # 13
daisy123 : I have not, but I will try anything!
Kemma : Yeah, he’s a hungry one. He’s done two 3 hour stretches tonight so far, which is new. Thing is he never fully wakes up. Looks for the boob, eats and is passed out again. So aside from my surfacing for a bit while he latches (especially right now), we do sleep pretty well. Thanks Bee! Always hard to remember that we don’t have to all fit in the same box.
Post # 14
pump to comfort but not empty.
breast feeding is supply and demand. so if you keep empting, your body will continue to produce more. but baby doesn’t need all of that.
Post # 15
MsPlucky : my daughter is 13 months and we have weaned very slowly even though I don’t have an oversupply. We’re down to 2 nursing sessions a day now. Take some lecithin and eat pineapple which will help prevent the clogs that lead to mastitis. As PP said cabbage leaves will also help. Do you bedshare? If so try moving him to his own crib so that he can’t just comfort nurse all night – he’ll let you know if he wakes up really hungry.