August 2012 Moms

My boobs...

hurt. Holy eff. Yesterday was my very last pump, after pumping once a day for 5 days. I got 4oz out collectively after more than 24 hours.

So, do I just not pump, right? Aren't I going to end up with mastitis or something? Color me stupid because I don't know what the heck happens here. Does my body just say, "Oh, okay, she's not pumping, so quit producing?" Or am I going to wake up tomorrow with size FF boobs and five clogged ducts.

Oh and did I mention...ow.
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  • I cut down on the pump very gradually and still ended up with mastitis.  I don't know if there's anything I could have done to prevent it, though.  I hope that doesn't happen to you!
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  • As long as you don't pump to empty, you're not telling your body to make more.

    You can hand express. Also if you get clogged ducts, you can massage them out.
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    I second the hand expression suggestion. I haven't weaned yet, but hand expressing helped me in the beginning when I had an oversupply.
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  • I just hand expressed for some relief the first few days. Not much at all. Also, I took ibuprofen, and really warm showers.
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  • I just went through this. Get cabbage leaves they seriously helped a lot! I pumped on day four for 5 minutes to relieve some discomfort and on day 6 had a clogged duct so I pumped for 10 minutes and used more cabbage. Now I'm on day 8 and my boobs have felt good since that pump to relieve pain. I was told pump out clogged ducts and its going to be uncomfortable especially the first few days. Good luck it gets better!
  • This is my biggest fear when I wean!  I am so afraid of how it will go.  Good luck.
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    hurt. Holy eff. Yesterday was my very last pump, after pumping once a day for 5 days. I got 4oz out collectively after more than 24 hours.

    So, do I just not pump, right? Aren't I going to end up with mastitis or something? Color me stupid because I don't know what the heck happens here. Does my body just say, "Oh, okay, she's not pumping, so quit producing?" Or am I going to wake up tomorrow with size FF boobs and five clogged ducts.

    Oh and did I mention...ow.


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    This is my biggest fear when I wean!  I am so afraid of how it will go.  Good luck.

    Same. Ahhh

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  • ccamccam
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    My Dr told me to hand express just for a little relief but do not pump. My boobs were rocks but it went away eventually.

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  • Oh man. I am so not looking forward to this. Good luck BBJ. Hope your ladies ease up fast!
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  • I would suggest ice packs and ibuprofen.  I agree with hand expression just to relieve the pressure, but don't empty.  They say sudafed dries you up quick too.  And cold cabbage leaves.

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    I would suggest ice packs and ibuprofen. nbsp;I agree with hand expression just to relieve the pressure, but don't empty. nbsp;They say sudafed dries you up quick too. nbsp;And cold cabbage leaves.


    Yes! Anything to relieve nasal congestion will help dry you up.
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