Hi, I am really stressed and worried. My 13 mo son has always breastfed and still breastfeeding, I still wanna keep going. But yesterday he fell over and badly hurt his mouth. He just can't feed or put anything near his mouth 😞 the dear little thing is still touching the nipples for comfort or sleeps with his mouth close to my nipple since he tries to feed and just pulls off in pain, he still seeks comfort in boobies! It breaks my heart him not being able to feed, the comfort he always seeks. I'm so worried my milk will dry up on him, and once his mouth starts feeling better he won't have them to come back to! He hasn't had a feed for 18 hours straight now. How long does it take for the milk to dry up? As I don't have a pump as it's the weekend and nowhere to buy one from here and can't borrow one. Thanks so much. I'm just so stressed obviously about poor little boys sore mouth, but also that the breastfeeding journey will be stopped short for my poor little man and he won't be able to have that comfort he needs. Thank you
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30-07-2016 02:20 #1Member
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How long til milk dries up, son hurt mouth and can't feed.
30-07-2016 04:10 #2
Hi Jane. I'm sorry that your little one has hurt himself. Your milk won't totally dry up after just a few days of not feeding but it could reduce your supply. It's possible that it could reduce it enough to make you son very cranky when he tries to feed and only a small amount of milk comes out. I would suggest that you hand express. Do you know how to? It's very simple. Just put you fingers on either side of your nipple, push back towards you body slightly and then squeeze. Do this a few times a day. It's easiest in the morning of after a shower. You might only get a small amount but you could add it to your sons food so he is still getting a tiny bit of breastmilk while his mouth is healing. Mouths do tend to heal quickly so hopefully he is back to breastfeeding by the end of the weekend. Good luck. Let me know how you go. Xxx
30-07-2016 07:32 #3
I second everything rcs has suggested. Also consider some lactation cookies when bubs decides to feed again xx
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30-07-2016 08:54 #4Member
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Thanks guys I appreciate your responses. I have tried hand expressing and I got a bit out that was great advice. It didn't cause a let down or anything, can this cause my supply to stop decreasing so much if I keep it up or won't it make a difference since it's not causing let down?
And also, what are lactation cookies?
Also, I'm a bit worried, could this put him off breastfeeding for good? He becoming less and less interested and when I show it to him, and he just shakes his head and gets frustrated. It just reminds me of how he acted when he started refusing the dummy he used to love, he now still refuses it. I'm scared this is gonna happen. Coz it would break my heart, I would miss this relationship.
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30-07-2016 21:13 #5
If he's still in pain when feeding I would give it some time. Hopefully he'll be back at it before you know it have a look in the breastfeeding support section, there's a sticky in there for lactation cookies. It might be an Idea to try some now, because if they work, when bubs feeds he's got a lot of milk and won't get frustrated because of that.
I hope it all works out for you. Keep us updated
30-07-2016 23:09 #6
I weaned my DD over 3.5 years ago and I can squeeze out a drop of milk still...it takes a while to totally dry up!
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