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Weaning Regression after illness- Advice?

Does anyone have advice or success stories about getting over a weaning regression after an illness? LO was down to just twice a day (morning and night) and I was JUUUUST about to drop the morning feed when he got pretty sick for 10 days with back to back viruses. 

So illness, plus mom being around for five days straight over Christmas break, has really set him back to nursing whenever he wants. I mean, he was up to 5-6 times a day again. I tried to refuse, offer milk or food first, but he was having none of that nonsense. I knew he was sick so I caved. I was sick too and wanted him to get the benefit of my immune system too. My poor boobs are so confused now. I'm sitting here at work engorged (pump weaned months ago) and praying that I don't get clogged ducts/mastitis from this. Going to grab a cabbage at lunch for cabbage leaf compresses and drinking peppermint tea to help dry up.

I can't just say no. He will cry for up to an hour and refuses other food and drinks. It SUCKS. Advice? Support? Commiseration? How do I learn to just say no to nursing?


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Re: Weaning Regression after illness- Advice?

  • Zembits said:

    Following. .. I'm in a similar situation (have stopped pumping and tried to limit to evening/morning) but have just given up on weaning and was thinking of reevaluating in a few months.
    My DS will also refuse all other food and hold out for nursing so just letting you know you're not alone. He also increased frequency lately with illness.

    @Zembits‌ I am taking a 4 day trip at the end of Jan, so I guess he will just get weaned while I'm gone! I can make it one more month. I know he eats fine and drinks milk at daycare. Just when I'm around all he sees or wants is boobs.

    I did get a good tip from nature mama website saying to make a special warm drink and try to offer that instead of nursing. I'm thinking like hot chamomile tea, coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon- a special yummy treat.

    I also saw a tip that said to wear complicated clothing so there's not easy access, and I'm like, ok well my kid will just sit in my lap and cry and point at my chest, so I'm trying to avoid that.

    Sigh.


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