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Breast pain during weaning


Was feeling quite proud of myself that my 14 month old hadn’t breastfed for 48 hours. I also have a bad cold so was glad to take some decongestants, to battle on for me and reduce supply (I’ve come across that here). But one breast has been incredibly painful and as I had mastitis back in the summer in the other breast, which doesn’t actually produce much milk at all, I gave in and let him breastfeed from that breast. I feel terrible. I don’t know what any traces of the decongestant can do to him, I’ve regresses our weaning process, and angry that I’m back on the road to a painful breast. What can I do with my second attempt? I’ve tried hot showers, massage and (from yesterday) decongestant. and for anyone who’d like to encourage me to continue BFing, please don’t. I have major surgery planned for next month, so want to wean and sleep train my toddler. Thank you in advance

  • Alexis
    Feb 14

    Can you pump and slowly reducing your pumping sessions? I had mastitis which turned into two abscesses about a year ago. I kept bfing for another month after that but it just got to be too much so I just slowly pumped less and less until I stopped producing. I think it took a cpl weeks since the side I had abscesses on already produced minimum amounts anyway.

  • PK
    Feb 14

    I’ve never tried it but someone suggested putting cabbage leaves in your bra to help with mastitis and drying up your supply

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 15

    Cabbage leaves are a myth. They’ll help as much as anything that’s hot or cold that you put on your breast. I think pumping would be the best way to go, do you have one? Or you can cut down his feedings. Maybe start with 3 a day, then in a few days let him nurse 2x a day. Or something like that. Somehow create a gradual decrease to hopefully prevent the mastitis. It is definitely the worst. Hated getting that.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 17

    Hi all, success!! I actually tried a second time, as I have been cutting down feeds since he’s been 12 months, et Viola! Big thanks for your help and suggestions. No cabbage leaves were needed, though I did buy some that I plan to turn into some coleslaw tomorrow.