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Old Jul 9th, 2010, 14:46 PM   1
Lucy Lu
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What to expect after stopping breastfeeding?


Hi ladies,

This is probably a question for those who have breastfed previously so have the experience of what happens after stopping. We've been going 9 months, and are just down to 2 breastfeeds now (plus formula in the day). I'm aiming for us to wind it up over the next few weeks, but was interested in hearing people's experiences after stopping, esp. the following... but interested in any other thoughts too -

*Do you get any engorgement at all if you're stopping after dropping down to 1 or 2 feeds a day? I can't really imagine it now as I never feel too full these days (although LO is still sucking well during feeds so I know there is still milk for sure)

*If you drove the weaning from breastfeeding (as opposed to LO), how did LO respond? I wondered particularly about night wakings. LO generally goes through but can wake in the middle of the night maybe once a week or so and I tend to settle him with a feed. What do you do following breastfeeding to get them back to sleep at night?! . I have this image of pacing the floor for hours!

*What happens to your breast size and shape? - e.g. am I going to see them shrink and sag???!!!!

*How do you feel psychologically? I'm happy with the decision I've made but do the hormone changes make you feel different at all? - e.g. upset or depressed?

I'm feeling ready for this but it is just going to feel really weird not to be doing it anymore - it's been a part of our lives for so long now!!!... is making me quite curious about what others have felt x



 
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Old Jul 9th, 2010, 19:24 PM   2
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I have no idea, but didn't want to read and run. I don't want to stop breastfeeding lol... I think about returning to work in November (maybe.. might babysit) and I feel sick to my stomach! Kayleigh won't even take a bottle anyways lol but dropping down slowly I don't think would cause many problems but like I said, I have no idea. Good luck!!



 
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Old Jul 9th, 2010, 21:23 PM   3
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Well - lets see... I stopped after 2 YEARS... LOL but my experience was - YES - I had some major engorgement after the first full day of not nursing him at all (we were down to only 1-2 a day at this point). I gave in and nursed him again the following day just to get some relief. After that though - I never had any more engorgement.

Logan responded okay - but he was older. I had been telling him for WEEKS and WEEKS that he was gonna be a big boy after his birthday party and big boys don't drink mommy's milk anymore - yadda yadda. I had to bribe him with chocolate milk - but he didn't react too badly. Not sure how it will go for you though with a younger child that can't quite understand all that. I know with Logan I had planned on stopping at 1 and he was NOT having it at all. He would throw a bloody fit until I gave in... and I always did - which is why we ended up nursing till 2!

As far as size and shape goes - I think I deflated a little bit - but it wasn't too bad. And it was WONDERFUL to be able to wear a "real" bra again. Amazing how much nicer my boobs looked in a real bra as opposed to a nursing one!

Psychologically I was fine. Its bittersweet. It was sad to end that phase - but also great to have my body back to myself again.

Good luck to you. And good job on bfing this long!



 
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Old Jul 10th, 2010, 07:38 AM   4
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i only nursed ds1 for 6wks and by the end was only doing 1-2 feeds a day and yes i got engorement but a hot bath and hand expressing in the bath just enough to take the edge of the engorgment and some paracetamol worked for me

ds1 was weaned from boob to FF so no real protest from him so long as it was food he was happy lol

I definatly deflated when i stopped , pre preg i was a 36B got up to a 38DD while feeding and wound up a 34 A1/2 by 2 months after giving the last feed ( wonderbra do half cup sizes ).

I hope i dont lose as much cup size this time as ive gone up to a reliable C/D cup ( of course much larger in the mornings when full )and would love to keep it



 
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Old Jul 10th, 2010, 13:38 PM   5
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thanks logansmama, thats really useful. he's quite an adaptable little boy, drinks milk from the breast, bottle or a cup, and because he's now having a cup of formula in the afternoons, i'm hoping he won't be too worried by the change... however, babies seem to change by the day don't they!!!! - so hopefully i am not making a rod for my own back by carrying on for a few more weeks. he's getting so demanding at the breast now, grabbing me and pulling himself right forward to feed!

'bittersweet' is so totally how i would describe it! feeling excited and sad all at once!

another question i have - do u remember how long your milk supply held out once u were doing 2 feeds a day? i feel like they're getting emptier by the day. he's satisfied after his morning and bedtime feed so i know he's getting enough from a hunger point of view, but do wonder sometimes if he is having enough of a quantity of milk per day.

ps love your little boy's name btw x



 
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Old Jul 10th, 2010, 13:43 PM   6
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As long as you are consistent with your feeds you will keep making milk - wether you are nursing once a day or 10X a day. Your body will make what you tell it to! If you nurse baby twice a day - your body will accomodate just those 2 feeds a day. Even if your breasts "feel" empty - they really aren't.

And even once I quit nursing completely - I was still ALWAYS able to squeeze a little out if I tried. I never completely dried up! Even a year later! I bet if i had wanted to relactate at that point i could have!

I don't know if thats because I went as long as i did or not though.

I will tell you though - one year olds are demanding! So - I think its harder to stop at one year than it is say at 6 months... At least that was the case for us. One year olds know what they want!

It had gotten to the point that Logan would just come up to me and pull up my shirt when he wanted milk!



 
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