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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 13:49 PM   11
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Hang in there - it'll be much better by day 4 (-ish)! Just take paracetamol plus ibuprofen regularly



 
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 14:40 PM   12
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I'm on day 2 of cold turkey and it's very painful. My boobs feel like rocks and I'm leaking. It makes me feel guilty that I have all this milk but Im not giving it to my son. I've done 15 days and it's exhausting.
I totally get the guilty feeling I have it too, especially when he's hungry & I'm cuddling him & he turns his face with his mouth open. it's so exhausting I just couldn't do it anymore, it was making me extremely depressed xx



 
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 14:41 PM   13
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Hang in there - it'll be much better by day 4 (-ish)! Just take paracetamol plus ibuprofen regularly

Thanks hun! They're not too bad now. Still a tad deformed looking though hahaha x



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2014, 18:55 PM   14
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I'm finding breast feeding extremely difficult on myself, I'm crying all day long and this obviously isn't good for LO either.
Were wanting to move onto formula feeding but i don't know how to go about it without having extremely engorged breasts?!
My other half suggested pumping once in the morning and once at night so I'm not engorged & introducing a bottle of formula one feed at a time (unless I run out of pumped quicker than that - then introduce more than 1, maybe a FF a day & a FF a night?)

Hope I made sense. I could really do with some help 😩😔 xx
What I did with my LO was just give him formula for EVERY feed and get him to take as much as he wanted and finish him off with the breast. Eventually he just stopped taking the breast all together because he became satisfied with the formula itself. (You could also get someone else to formula feed so that he eats more of it without the expectation of your breastmilk afterwards).
Also, I would say maybe don't pump cause that will cue your body to make more milk and leave you more engorged? I know it did for me, so if my breasts were hurting I would just hand squeeze the milk out into a sink (but just until they weren't hurting anymore so that my body didn't start to produce even more milk).

One last thing...do you think you may be going through a bit of post partum depression (as you said you're crying alot). I did with my first and didn't want to 'admit' it until my LO was a year...at which point I got help and really wish I had done it sooner, it can be SO hard on mom (and dad too).

Anyway, hope this helps, if you need any more advice feel free to ask. x



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Old Feb 20th, 2014, 08:36 AM   15
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I'm finding breast feeding extremely difficult on myself, I'm crying all day long and this obviously isn't good for LO either.
Were wanting to move onto formula feeding but i don't know how to go about it without having extremely engorged breasts?!
My other half suggested pumping once in the morning and once at night so I'm not engorged & introducing a bottle of formula one feed at a time (unless I run out of pumped quicker than that - then introduce more than 1, maybe a FF a day & a FF a night?)

Hope I made sense. I could really do with some help 😩😔 xx
What I did with my LO was just give him formula for EVERY feed and get him to take as much as he wanted and finish him off with the breast. Eventually he just stopped taking the breast all together because he became satisfied with the formula itself. (You could also get someone else to formula feed so that he eats more of it without the expectation of your breastmilk afterwards).
Also, I would say maybe don't pump cause that will cue your body to make more milk and leave you more engorged? I know it did for me, so if my breasts were hurting I would just hand squeeze the milk out into a sink (but just until they weren't hurting anymore so that my body didn't start to produce even more milk).

One last thing...do you think you may be going through a bit of post partum depression (as you said you're crying alot). I did with my first and didn't want to 'admit' it until my LO was a year...at which point I got help and really wish I had done it sooner, it can be SO hard on mom (and dad too).

Anyway, hope this helps, if you need any more advice feel free to ask. x
Thanks hun
He's on formula now & my boobs are nearly normal again.

I'm worried about PND but I don't think I have it I think it's just baby blues but I'll keep an eye on myself, I'd do anything to not have depression again. Sorry to hear you've been through it xx



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 09:21 AM   16
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Thank you! I'm trying to find a sports bra that will fit!
They all seem so tight on me xx
Tighter is better - you'll be amazed at how quickly your boobs will go back down to normal size. Especially once your ribcage shrinks back down to normal width (this takes a lot longer). If it's a bit uncomfortable now, it will fit just right in a few days, I promise. How's it going with the pumping, did you decide to keep pumping or just ride out the engorgement?


I'm sorry, but this is just bad advice. Binding your breasts (or very restrictive bra) is not a good way to go about it, it can lead to mastitis. See the two links below:

http://www.babycenter.com/404_im-wea...dry-up_8921.bc

http://www.babymed.com/breastfeeding...-breastfeeding


It takes time for your body to stop producing milk, in the mean time, you can hand express to reduce discomfort, use cold pack or cabbage leaves on your breasts, and drinking sage tea is also a lactation suppressant. Good luck.


ETA: I'm glad things are working out for you OP. I'll just leave this in case others are looking for the same answers.



 
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Thank you! I'm trying to find a sports bra that will fit!
They all seem so tight on me xx
Tighter is better - you'll be amazed at how quickly your boobs will go back down to normal size. Especially once your ribcage shrinks back down to normal width (this takes a lot longer). If it's a bit uncomfortable now, it will fit just right in a few days, I promise. How's it going with the pumping, did you decide to keep pumping or just ride out the engorgement?


I'm sorry, but this is just bad advice. Binding your breasts (or very restrictive bra) is not a good way to go about it, it can lead to mastitis. See the two links below:

http://www.babycenter.com/404_im-wea...dry-up_8921.bc

http://www.babymed.com/breastfeeding...-breastfeeding


It takes time for your body to stop producing milk, in the mean time, you can hand express to reduce discomfort, use cold pack or cabbage leaves on your breasts, and drinking sage tea is also a lactation suppressant. Good luck.


ETA: I'm glad things are working out for you OP. I'll just leave this in case others are looking for the same answers.
I just wear a comfy non wired bra & it's not restricting the sports bras I find seriously uncomfortable so I didn't buy one haha xx



 
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 02:57 AM   18
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Thank you! I'm trying to find a sports bra that will fit!
They all seem so tight on me xx
Tighter is better - you'll be amazed at how quickly your boobs will go back down to normal size. Especially once your ribcage shrinks back down to normal width (this takes a lot longer). If it's a bit uncomfortable now, it will fit just right in a few days, I promise. How's it going with the pumping, did you decide to keep pumping or just ride out the engorgement?


I'm sorry, but this is just bad advice. Binding your breasts (or very restrictive bra) is not a good way to go about it, it can lead to mastitis. See the two links below:

http://www.babycenter.com/404_im-wea...dry-up_8921.bc

http://www.babymed.com/breastfeeding...-breastfeeding


It takes time for your body to stop producing milk, in the mean time, you can hand express to reduce discomfort, use cold pack or cabbage leaves on your breasts, and drinking sage tea is also a lactation suppressant. Good luck.


ETA: I'm glad things are working out for you OP. I'll just leave this in case others are looking for the same answers.
No one has said anything about binding breasts and sports bras are not very restrictive. They can restrict excessive movement of your breasts which is very painful when you become engorged, which you will be when stopping abruptly.

Also, if you hand express or pump or in any other way stimulate milk production, it will take longer for the body to stop producing prolactin and the receptors on the cell surface will take longer to reduce in number as well. If you don't stimulate, it takes 14 days to reduce the number of receptors and the level of prolactin to pre pregnancy levels.

There are meds on the market to help with the prolactin levels but they've been debated as there are too many possible serious side effects. What has been shown is that on day 4 women on the meds leak less and have less pain but day 14 they have MORE prolactin than the women off the meds.

So, stimulation equals longer time to dry up but might be more comfortable and stop without stimulation equals quicker but more painful.



 
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Thank you! I'm trying to find a sports bra that will fit!
They all seem so tight on me xx
Tighter is better - you'll be amazed at how quickly your boobs will go back down to normal size. Especially once your ribcage shrinks back down to normal width (this takes a lot longer). If it's a bit uncomfortable now, it will fit just right in a few days, I promise. How's it going with the pumping, did you decide to keep pumping or just ride out the engorgement?


I'm sorry, but this is just bad advice. Binding your breasts (or very restrictive bra) is not a good way to go about it, it can lead to mastitis. See the two links below:

http://www.babycenter.com/404_im-wea...dry-up_8921.bc

http://www.babymed.com/breastfeeding...-breastfeeding


It takes time for your body to stop producing milk, in the mean time, you can hand express to reduce discomfort, use cold pack or cabbage leaves on your breasts, and drinking sage tea is also a lactation suppressant. Good luck.


ETA: I'm glad things are working out for you OP. I'll just leave this in case others are looking for the same answers.
No one has said anything about binding breasts and sports bras are not very restrictive. They can restrict excessive movement of your breasts which is very painful when you become engorged, which you will be when stopping abruptly.

Also, if you hand express or pump or in any other way stimulate milk production, it will take longer for the body to stop producing prolactin and the receptors on the cell surface will take longer to reduce in number as well. If you don't stimulate, it takes 14 days to reduce the number of receptors and the level of prolactin to pre pregnancy levels.

There are meds on the market to help with the prolactin levels but they've been debated as there are too many possible serious side effects. What has been shown is that on day 4 women on the meds leak less and have less pain but day 14 they have MORE prolactin than the women off the meds.

So, stimulation equals longer time to dry up but might be more comfortable and stop without stimulation equals quicker but more painful.

I didn't have much supply at all, not nearly enough to feed LO which is the one of the reasons we stopped - so I didn't even have a problem with engorgement
I'd of welcomed it if it meant I could keep BFing. Oh well ey.

Thank you though! It barely took 2 days for me to stop getting anything out of them xx



 
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Thanks so much for this thread! I am riding out the bf'ing thing as long as I can, but I don't know how much more I can take. It's too painful and stressful for her to be on my breast and only the right one no longer has scabs/pain when latching (well after 15 seconds or so + not every time). I've been almost exclusively pumping and, although it's less painful, I hate it. I was doing it every 3 hrs and now I'm only doing it every 4-5. I only put her on the right breast every now and then... I'm wondering how much longer I can be "tied" to the pump before moving on to formula. She still has formula every now and then since the first 2 weeks I had to combi feed due to low supply.

Is it possible to return to combi feeding for a while and gradually move to formula full time after a few weeks? I was hoping to bf initially 'til 6 months, but I am not willing to be tied to the pump OR constant feeds, it will make me depressed (the toe curling pain doesn't help...). I am now going to try hard for 3 months total, which means approximately 8-9 more weeks of pumping. I think I can do that. So how should I do this? Should I pump as much as I can every, say, 5 hours (or should I do it more or less frequently??) and then do 1 feed each day of formula (or more?) for a week or two, then introduce a second formula feed and pump every 6 hrs, then a week later every 7, etc? Will this work? Since I don't need to go cold turkey I'd like to try phasing it out, but I don't know what the best way to do it would be... and there is little professional support on how to do this, ugh. All I get is militant pro-bf'ing advice which is a bit discouraging. Seems like there are lots of others out there in my situation though!



 
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