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In the beginning I had supply issues, so I was prescribed domperidone by the breastfeeding doctor. It is really common in Canada.
After a few months when breastfeeding was going well, I went back to her to see about stopping. She said if I stopped I would likely dry up.
Even though I feel kind of guilty about it, I am ready to be done soon. I keep flip flopping back and forth, I am not sure how much longer I plan to keep it up, but if I do plan to wean do you think stopping taking the drugs would be a way to go about it?
I think if I dried up she would probably stop right? And I could just give her milk in a sippy or something...
I can't say from personal experience but it sounds a lot like what happens to most moms during pregnancy. I think it might be a bit painful because for a while she would be dry sucking until she realizes there is no milk and gives up, but otherwise, it should be fairly non-traumatic if you do it gradually.
I don't have the article handy, but I remember seeing something about babies who have a high need to suck actually having that need increase around 12-15 months, which is when a lot of moms try to wean. I think it would be ideal if you could wait until 15 or even 18 months to start the process, but you have to decide what's best.
Does she already take milk in a sippy? Maybe if you worked on that first, weaning would be a bit easier? I guess I'm thinking doing things one step at a time (first the sippy, then the weaning) would be more gentle on her.
Not sure about stopping the meds, but it makes sense that stopping them and having less of a supply would discourage her from nursing. Lots of Mamas on here and other boards have commented that when they got pregnant with #2 and their milk supply changed/decreased, their older child gradually stopped wanting to nurse because it wasn't enjoyable for them anymore.
I think it would be smart to introduce the sippy first too. That way, she at least is skilled at it and can associate it with food, so when you start cutting down on nursing, she won't have such a hard adjustment. If I were you (I am not, I am just saying if I were), I would intro the sippy, wait a month, start to cut down whichever nursing is easier for you and her. Then, when your are down to 3 or so feedings a day, I would stop the medication and see what happens.
On a side note, I would wait to find out if you are pregnant to do anything. You mentioned you might be and that might open the door to natural weaning for Avery.
We just introduced Kieran to the sippy and he takes to it pretty well. Next we will try some milk out of it (so far just water) and see how he does. Then we will head to cutting down some feedings. But I am not in a hurry, just because we do plan to get pregnant and I want Kieran to nurse as long as he can.