I decided to stop breastfeeding after I got mastitis. Getting an infection doesn’t mean you have to stop nursing your baby. In fact, doctors recommend you continue even while on antibiotics. The reason I decided to stop breastfeeding is because
a) Will refused the breast.
b) I had a massive infection that made it more uncomfortable to breastfeed than to not.
c) Will is 11 months, and we were already in the process of diminishing breastmilk in his diet due to my schedule and his lack of interest.
If you can continue and choose to continue breastfeeding until your baby’s two, that’s great. But every mom and baby are different so if you can’t, that’s great too. We go through enough as parents so to add the pressure of breastfeeding for a certain amount of time to everything else is just ridiculous in my opinion. The most important thing is that both baby and mom are healthy.
Will is no longer breastfeeding. He’s on the bottle and will start taking Homogenized milk in a few weeks. To help care for my breasts during this time, my doctor gave me some helpful tips:
Rather than pump until the breasts are empty, express just enough to relieve any discomfort. Pumping will encourage the milk ducts to continue producing more milk while expressing just enough will let the breasts know they no longer need to produce as much milk as they were.
Take pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve any discomfort.
If a duct becomes plugged, massage and express the area until it’s cleared. If the duct won’t clear, see the doctor or a lactation consultant (you don’t want to leave it too long, or it could turn into mastitis).
If you need more information about weaning your baby from breastfeeding, speak with your doctor or connect with your nearest La Leche League http://www.lllc.ca.