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April 14th, 2012, 07:29 PM
brandywk's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Don't get me wrong I actually don't want to. It's had it's challenges, I'm really not enjoying having to cut out dairy.. but so far she's been my easiest breastfed baby so far I'm just curious though.. Last night she was soo fussy, and for some reason would cry everytime I tried to nurse her. I could tell she was hungry but she was having tummy troubles and nursing seemed to agrivate it. After a few hours I was dying to have her nurse, my boobs hurt so bad from all the letdowns! It got me thinking.. how would someone go about quiting nursing?? For me atleast, I have a continual urge to nurse her every few hrs. I don't think I could stop if I wanted to.
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April 14th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Theoretically, you do it most easily by cutting down gradually. I'm trying to transition off of pumping, for instance, and first I pump for less time, and then I cut out one of the pumping sessions altogether. Oh, and nursing pads are a must - I soaked one of those bad boys like a diaper after cutting out the overnight pumping session, despite the fact that I successfully breastfed during the same time period!

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April 14th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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It's painful and it sucks, LOL. The "best" way is to cut out just one feeding at a time, replacing it with formula, and ease out of it that way. You go through a second engorgement period essentially, and then it dries up.

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April 21st, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by quietsong View Post
It's painful and it sucks, LOL. The "best" way is to cut out just one feeding at a time, replacing it with formula, and ease out of it that way. You go through a second engorgement period essentially, and then it dries up.
That. Do not stop all at once. I remember when Xavier went through a nursing strike at 12 months and didn't nurse for 3 days, I was in so much pain! So I do not recommend stopping all of a sudden that's for sure. Take one feed away, replace it with a bottle and it should be " too bad "

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April 21st, 2012, 08:58 PM
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I am actually going through this right now. I didn't want to stop, but she is not getting enough to eat because she isn't sucking effectively. I don't know why. I have struggled with ths with 4 out of the last 5. But instead of going to town and getting a pump (didn't have time before they closed Friday and t is an hour away) I thought I would just go cold turkey. I think I made a mistake. I think I could have pumped pretty effectively this time. I wonder if it will be too late by Monday?
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April 21st, 2012, 10:45 PM
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I don't think Monday will be too late. Until then let your little one nurse often to keep your supply going. Have you seen an LC about her not sucking effectively? Might be worth getting a consult to see if they could help you.
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