Mastitis Round 3

posted 1 year ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Worker bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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
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Busy bee

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 # 11
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Busy bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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 # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

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. 

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