Jump to content

need urgent help re weaning
in hospital & need to wean


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 Puddycat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Hi voices if experience,

I am in hospital and I need to wean my 18mth twins. NOW

I had a little bit of notice so managed to drop a couple of feeds. In the week prior to me coming in I managed to drop down to just one night time feed. I've just missed the third feed & my boobs are killing me. I don't want to get mastitis.

I've expressed a little bit this morning (55mls off each breast) but I'm trying not to express as I need my milk to dry up asap.

Any hints?

How long until my milk dries up?

How long will it be painful?

Thanks!

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

You can get medication to assist. Ask your medical team if this would be an option for you.

#3 Escapin

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

Just express until you're comfortable as often as you need. It will take a few days to ease off. One of my friends had to wean quickly recently, and she found the second day much worse than the first. Don't 'not express' or you will just end up with mastitis.

Also, you will probably still be able to hand express for ages, maybe even years! So don't think that you need to get to the point where nothing comes out when you squeeze. You just need to be comfortable.

Good luck. And sorry to hear you're in this position.

#4 Puddycat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Medication had been vetoed as I've been feeding too long. Plus the side effects are not worth it apparently.

Do I express at the normal feed time? Or do I do several smaller expresses throughout the day? Ie as needed for comfort?

Thanks

#5 i-candi

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

When DD was 9 months I ended up in hospital needing emergency surgery. As I was in a woman's hospital they tried to help to keep milk supply as I wanted to keep feeding. As it turned out I couldn't keep up supply (complications with surgery) and I had no issues with stopping feeds immediately.

You know 9 years later I have no idea how DD coped without breast feeding as then she was 100% breastfed with some solids. I suppose I should have asked but as it was an emergency it wasn't something that was going through my brain lol.


Kids are hardy original.gif

#6 ABabyPlease

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

Hi congratulations on bf twins for so long. I reckon you deserve a medal!!

See if you can eat some sage or drink as tea. It can dry up milk naturally. Also monitor your breasts carefully for lumps. If they occur maybe you could have a specialist women's health physio attend and do ultrasound to release any lumps.

No other ideas from me but maybe you should post this in the breastfeeding section for more advice. Or try calling ABA 18006862686.

Best wishes for a quick return to good health.

#7 fibilly

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

I finished feeding my twins at 12 months, but we were already down to only one evening feed for about a week or two beforehand.

I spoke to the ABA because I was paranoid about mastitis - they advised expressing for comfort in the shower but not to express too much to avoid stimulating production. I reckon it took about two weeks for everything to settle down and return to normal.

Good luck


#8 l-m-n-o-p

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

As per PP, call the ABA - they will be able to give advice.

From their website: lactation suppression


#9 lizzie04

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:02 PM

I had emergency surgery and kept b'feeding. I had my last feed on the trolley as they wheeled me in, and then about 18 hours later restarted. Everyone was fine with it, and said my baby would be ok (he was 5 months). No side effects that I can see 2 years later. But given you have had notice I assume you really do have to stop?



#10 Puddycat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Thanks. Great advice. Thanks for the link. I didn't think about their website. Doh.

I called aba re dropping the other feeds but not about the final feed. Silly really to have not discussed that but had a lot going on at the time.

I just expressed enough for comfort & reduce the lumps. I've got frozen face washers in my bra.

Fingers crossed it happens quickly!





(unable to continue feeding as had a tumour removed & need future treatment)

#11 lizzie04

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

Sorry, didn't mean to be insensitive. Good luck!!

#12 Feral Nicety

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

I used cabbage leaves in my bra.  It worked better than the meds which did nothing.  I also smelled delightful.

Not.

Hoping for all the best for you in this difficult time.

#13 Puddycat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

Not at all Lizzie!

I did ask if they had any cabbage leaves! Face cloths was the best they could do!

Thanks everyone. I will get some sleep now & will hopefully be able to speak to a lactation consultant from the Maternity Hospital tomorrow.

Night!

#14 lucky 2

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

It sounds like you are on the right track Puddycat and great re the LC tomorrow, an electric pump might be an easier short term option for you, less effort especially if you are not well/in hospital.
Express as often as needed and remove as much as needed to bring comfort, cold packs, painkillers if needed, comfortable bra (not tight).
Because you are expressing not to empty your breasts but for comfort, this will send a message to the brain and breasts to reduce production of milk and this is best done in gradually.
I hope you get a good night sleep original.gif .

#15 au*lit

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

When I weaned my 17 m.o. I had cut down to one feed a day, but after our last feed I still became engorged and needed to express a bit.

With a flat hand I put pressure on the parts of the breast that felt fullest (a bit lumpy) and that was enough to release some milk. It didn't take long to get enough relief.

I only had to do that a couple of times until it settled down. You might need to do it more though, seeing as you've been feeing more regularly and two babies.

#16 Cherish

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

Another who says express enough for comfort as ofton as you need. So 55mls off each breast is enough to keep you comfortable then do that/

#17 BeachedAsBro

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hi OP, when I weaned my daughter at 15 months, I reduced my water intake for a few days and I found my supply dropped right off.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Band

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.