I nursed my son for the last time,Monday:/ He started formula only bottles on Sunday, but I was still nursing when he woke up at night. I always said 6 months was my cut off, but I was hesitant once the time came. There was a bond that I didn’t want to break, but I knew I had to. The longer I continued, the worse it would be when I stopped. So, Tuesday night, when he woke up, I went to the kitchen and made him a bottle. At first, he was reluctant and refused. (He always takes a bottle like a champ for Daddy, but not from me.) I didn’t force him, but I was nervous. What if he never takes a bottle from me?
After a few minutes passed, I tried again an Eureka!! He gulped it down like a pro! That hurdle was clear, but I wasn’t off the track yet. Now, I had to deal with the process of drying up my milk supply.
By Tuesday afternoon, I had two cement blocks where my breast use to be! Me, being me, I researched what to do:
Put cabbage on them, cold compresses, hot compresses, sage tea, ibuprofen, express a little, don’t express too much…. the list went on an on.
I finally resorted to ice packs strapped to my chest, picking a few leaves of sage from my garden, for tea and pumping just enough to relieve the pain. I’m guessing it’s working. Today, my breast still feel full, but they aren’t hard and I have no pain. This is a good thing, right? Hopefully, this process won’t take long.
Did you wean your baby or quit cold turkey? What method did you use to dry up your milk?