Drying Up Breastmilk Concerns
I've started the process of drying up my milk. I was already nursing my 9 month old on a 4 hour feeding schedule (he sleeps through the night, so it was basically 4 feedings a day). Last week I nursed him morning and bedtime, gave him bottles for the middle two, and only pumped once during. Then for about three days I dropped the midday pump, and then dropped the morning feeding. I offically stopped earlier this week and have been doing great so far (taking Benedryl at night and using peppermint oil on my breasts). I'm starting to feel a little engorged and I think I can feel some clogged ducts forming, too. I've tried to gentle massage them but I don't want to over stimulate them and create let-down. I'm not wanting to pump, obviously, but I'm really concerned about mastitis. Any tips/thoughts?