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AAAAH! Cutting down on BFs and I am in agony!

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jinglesticks Fri 10-Dec-10 13:40:42

Ok so agony is a bit of an exaggeration, but I am finding this hard! Got to cut down to 2 feeds a day so I can go back to work. DD nearly 11 months so plenty of solids and I'm replacing one bf with ff from beaker for a week, and the another...

Gone from 4-5 feeds over 24 hours to 2 (just)and each time I've missed a feed I've found it so painful, but this last one is the worst! I can't believe I'll make it till tonight without giving in a feeding her! AAAAAH!

deepfriedcupcake Fri 10-Dec-10 14:03:09

Ow. I've got that to come in a month or so.

I think I gave in and just had to stick DS on last time round, expressing just didn't bring it down enough. Didn't last past one really painful day though, and I think a hot shower helped relieve the pressure too.

MumNWLondon Fri 10-Dec-10 14:06:40

The other way of doing it is to not cut down at all and take breastpump to work and just pump off enough to relief any pain / engorgement. Supply would drop....

Igglystuffedfullofturkey Fri 10-Dec-10 14:09:45

Why have you cut down so quickly?

jinglesticks Fri 10-Dec-10 15:09:52

Is this quickly? I read somewhere to drop one feed a week. Can't remember where (that usually means it was on MN).

Can't stand the thought of taking a pump to work but I expect I'll have to. I'm a teacher and at school I don't usually shave a minute to spare without students pestering for help, and I can't imagine where I'd go to do the pumping (although I know they have to provide somewhere). It just seems really sordid - like going for a wank in a cupboard...

Never mind, thanks for advice x

Igglystuffedfullofturkey Fri 10-Dec-10 17:44:08

No it's because you said you'd gone from 4-5 feeds to 2 - I misread it thinking you'd dropped over 24 hours. 1 a week is normal yes.

I know what you mean about expressing at work. I fed DS about 2 times a day but when I go to work I don't. My boobs got used to it pretty quickly - I didn't drop feeds. At first I expressed when at work but could never relax to get enough out.

I would feed her if it hurts - just a little on perhaps (if you'd rather not express).

Also be really careful with your boobs - don't wear an underwired bra until the engorgement subsides, don't knock them and perhaps use cold compresses if it hurts (stick a couple of cabbage leaves in the freezer then pop in bra).

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