Anonymous

Time to throw in the towel on breastfeeding?

So my LO is almost 15 months and still breastfeeding. I was in the ER this weekend and diagnosed with Shingles. Since then she won’t nurse from me. She will take a cup or bottle but when I offer her to breastfed morning or night she just sits there and refuses. I don’t want to force it because honestly I’m hurting and exhausted but still heartbroken this might be the end of our journey. I was hoping to make it a few more months. I am still pumping but when I pump I only get maybe 1oz if I’m lucky from both sides because I just don’t respond as well to pumps. Should I take this as a sign of her self weaning?

  • Birdie
    Dec 10, 2018

    If she’s refusing then don’t force it. Where is your rash if you don’t mind me asking? I had shingles back in college on my right side from my sternum, around my breast all the way to my back. Pretty much exactly what a bra would cover. I had a mild case compared to the pictures I’ve seen of others. If you’re pumping you may want to try larger attachments. I had to have a larger nipple attachment. They’re not large but for some reason the smaller ones barely got any milk out like 1oz. With the larger attachment 4oz on each beast. You can also tell if your body is telling you you’re done breastfeeding if your milk is a little salty. It’s nature’s natural way of weening.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10, 2018

    It’s a sign.... I don’t see it being this easy on her any other way

  • Sara
    Dec 10, 2018

    If you're not ready to stop then it doesn't have to be the end. If you're sick it can reduce supply and also certain antibiotics and medications can change the taste of breastmilk. When you recover so will your supply and your daughter may go back to nursing just fine. Of course if you're ready to stop then you should but don't feel like you have.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10, 2018

    My rash is on my neck and head so it can be covered