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Saturday, January 24, 2009

weaning.. engorgement... pain


Honestly, I am in agony right now because of engorgement. I started weaning my son today which, of course, he did not approve of. He was so mad and cranky today that I really didn't let him nurse. Right now I have a solid rock breast, I've tried the cold compress and will try the warm compress again coz its getting painful. Any advice anyone? I feel bad for my son though, but I just want him to eat good instead of relying on nursing. I tried weaning him a couple of months ago but I did not succeed because I felt so bad seeing him cry. My technique this time is that I discourage him from nursing by putting a dub of vinegar on my nipple, after he tasted it, he didn't attempt to nurse till now... Well he tried, but I repeated what I did this morning hehehe..
This is his reaction today! (the photo was taken last year)

19 comments:

  1. i only breastfed my babies for 3 weeks for i got sick back then so i cannot fully understand what you are going through. but as a friend, i'd suggest your visit either your pediatrician or the ob-gyne for they can give you the best advice. hope this helps ^_^

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  2. wawa naman baby ok lang yan baby muahh cute mo pa rin

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  3. oh, poor little EJ :-(; well, you have to do it now or it'll be harder for you and him :-)

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  4. elow dropping by here sis to tell u about the tag i got for you..its a prayer for all the Filipinos around the blogosphere...here is the link http://chuchieshideaway.blogspot.com/2009/01/prayer-tag-and-link-for-philippines-and.html

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  5. weaned my daughter at 6 months and thank god i didnt not have any problems at all. she took to the bottle right away and she was already eating baby food when she was 3 months so maybe thats why.

    poor baby just wants comfort from mama.it will get better enventually, just hang on....

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  6. hello :-) happy sunday! i have a tag for you, Rose :-)

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  7. Hi Mye, I don't have an OB here and going to the doctor is not my cup of tea hehehe. Its okay, i'll be fine with this, I am just doing the warm ad cold compress but right now am still in pain huwahhhhh..

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  8. Thanks for visiting Anne, yeah EJ resisted but today he don't cry so much when i tell him that Mommy's milk is bad alaready..

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  9. I agree ate cecille, and besides two years of nursing is long enough...

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  10. Thanks for the tag rechie, I have that tag already weeks ago.. thanks for the thoughts!

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  11. Thanks Melody, yeah EJ is actually alright now, last night was a little bit rough but I am just in agony with this engorgement hayyyyzz

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  12. i think a lot of patience is needed here. it's really not easy bringing up babies.

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  13. oh no sis...sabi nga nila the longer it takes the harder it gets...sorry to hear about it...ako I weaned Akesha whe she was 3 months..am glad i did not experience what you have experience now..it is hard for both of you too...hope it will feel better soon...:0

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  14. oh no sis...sabi nga nila the longer it takes the harder it gets...sorry to hear about it...ako I weaned Akesha whe she was 3 months..am glad i did not experience what you have experience now..it is hard for both of you too...hope it will feel better soon...:0

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  15. Rose,
    the pain is of course due to pressure secondary to engorgement. The thing you have to avoid is mastitis, which is really really painful. The problem is, you can't really get rid of the pain unless you relieve some of the pressure. So start with hot compress to soothe, then use a breast pump to get rid of some of the milk. You still have to get rid of that milk. As time goes by, your milk production should decline since the best stimulant (regular and vigorous sucking by the baby) is lost or less frequent now. It will come to a stop eventually.
    Now, you also have to check whether you are developing mastitis or not, by checking if your breasts are getting painful and tender mainly because of inflammation (e.g., red, warm, and very painful). In that case, see a doctor right away! You will need more than just decompression (by the method I described above).
    (BTW, I worked as a doctor in the Philippines prior to coming to US).

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  16. You are right dong, and you will understand the full meaning of it when you become a parent

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  17. wawa naman ni prince mo Rose...anyway, this is good for both of you nman so, just swallow muna the awa of your baby...

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  18. Te Rose,sorry po for late reply-- I know how it feels coz I experienced that,too.Have some ice pack for your breast to ease pain,and a breast massage will help.Te, I suggest na pa-unti-unti lang ang pagwe-weaning ke EJ para di kayo parehong mahirapan.Like pwede mo pa rin cyang padedehin sa gabi lang for comfort hanggang sa makasanayan nya na--di ka pa hirap!Pag minsan na lang cyang dumede sa yo,mawawala na rin yang milk mo.Pa-unti-unti Te,wag mong biglain ang paghihinto.Hope this helps:)

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  19. waaaaaah wawa naman ej. pero u have to do it the soonest na.

    i breastfed yena for 4 months only, i had to ;( am working..

    i know the feeling rose, for me it is the best bonding time, but ur baby is getting older na..mas asiwa naman kung mas late na maistop diba? :) haaay.

    pray for u dear! and for ej too.. i know u both will make it for the better!! :D

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