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    threechooks is offline If my spelling annoys you that's your problem.... I have better things to do than proofread !
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    Default Abrupt weaning from the breast

    I don't think this belongs in the bottlefeeding section or the breastfeeding section as I am doing neither

    DD is on her 5th day of a nursing strike and is possibly self weaning. She went from 6 feeds a day on Sunday to zero feeds on Monday.

    She is 14 mths. Monday and Tuesday I expressed a little bit for comfort but 4 days after she stopped feeding I still have a lot of painful engorgement and am getting by with nurofen and ice packs. How long will it take for my milk to go????

    I would have feed her for as long as she wanted but you can't force a baby to breastfeed Believe me I have tried

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    Four days isn't very long. I think it took me a week to wean with no feeding. Try and express as little as possible. I also took pseudoephedrine (cold and flu) as it helps to dry up your milk.

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    I'm sorry for you that your dd is refusing/weaning but 14 months is a very good length of time to feed and you should be proud

    When I weaned dd1 quite suddenly at 8 weeks it took about a week for me to stop feeling full and the milk production to settle. In saying that though, I did still have milk for quite some time after weaning and still needed breast pads over night for at least a month. I have always had to wear breast pads overnight while feeding though so am not sure if that is just me or if that's normal.

    Hope it's not too painful for you. Remember the cabbage leaves and I also soaked disposable nappies in water and froze them, then placed one over each breast for relief.

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    When my dd2 decided she wasn't wanting to feed any more at 11-12 months I was so worries she wouldn't be getting sufficient nurtients/calcium as cows milk intolerant I was practically forcing her to feed (exaggerating a bit) she would cry and pull off. I was upset thinking she hated me. But she'd just had enough and was more interested in other things. You've done a great job- well done. It took about 6 months to dry up completely but only about 2 weeks to really reduce and stop leaking a bit.


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