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    Default Settling down supply when weaning

    Hi there, sorry if I have posted this in the wrong place.
    I have recently weaned my 9 month old - he is now happily bottle fed. Just prior to stopping about a week and a half ago, my little one was having a morning breast feed, a bedtime feed and any feeds overnight (sometimes none, sometimes one) were on the breast.
    Since stopping, I initially pumped to replace the bedtime feed, then slowed down the amount I was pumping in the morning. I have reached a point now where I haven't had to pump in the past 3 days - sometimes just a tiny bit of hand expressing in the shower. Up until the last 3 days, I've been using cabbage in the bra.
    My breasts don't feel engorged/hard or painful anymore - unless there is pressure on them, but they definitely still feel quite full. How long does it take for them to become less full and painful to have pressure on (for example when carrying a baby or having a toddler jump on you for a cuddle)?
    Thanks - I can't remember what happened when we reached this point with my first child.

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    It's coming up to 3 years since I weaned my DD at 15 months. From memory it took a while. A week and a half is still very early days. I can still squeeze out a drop at 3 years....if that puts it into perspective! Lol

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    Thank you. For some reason I don't remember still feeling so full/tender (but not painful...does that make sense?) when my first baby weaned at about the same age. Then again, that time I was drowning in a flood of horrible emotions so don't really remember anything from the days after weaning.
    In any case, I've had mastitis about 8 times with this baby and know what to look for with blockages and all. I guess as long as I don't feel any blocked areas, I'll just leave them alone and let time do its thing!

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    If you do feel any twinges of something coming on just massage it in the shower to relieve it. I nearly got mastitis twice with my first but each time I successfully stopped it developing by massaging in the shower.

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    They're sore today. Like more tender than they have been. I'm not sure if it's just because I'm back with bub after being away for 4 days. But I'm back to cabbage leaves in the bra.
    Should I still be trying not to pump if I can avoid it?

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    Yeah try not to. It just stimulates production. I just used to massage the tiniest amount of milk out to relieve pressure, but that was it. Your body should get the idea fairly quickly that it no longer needs to make it.

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    As Hollywood said, the less stimulation the better as you don't want to have milk production. I stopped breastfeeding a year ago and I pretty much remember things taking a few weeks to settle and I remember my muscles still feeling tender for a while (I have a prolapse) but after a while things settled.

    In answer to your tenderness question, even after 12 months it's tender if the kids are on me and lean against my breasts and I weaned without any issues, no fullness/engorgement/blocked ducts etc, so I am still waiting!


 

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