That's it really.... I finally stopped bf DD a week ago tomorrow (she was 2 years and 3 days old - I am a bit but it was time) and my boobs are, predictably, rather tender and full... should I pump at all? I obvs don't want to make them think "hey hey, still bf, better make more milk..." (they are rather good at making milk.....).
When I stopped, DD had dropped from bedtime and morning (at end of Sept) to just morning, but that morning one went on for about an hour or more as she came into our bed and it gave us a "lie in" until about 7! So she was getting a fair bit of milk, all of which I asume is now building up in my boobs!
I have this idea that the milk will just get reabsorbed and my boobs will just fix it.... is that right or worng? Any ideas?
PS - aside from asking for bf when halk asleep, DD doesn't seem to mind at all and says "doesn't matter, [name] has cuggles instead", although she sometimes announces, since I stopped, "no my like mummy anymore".... nice.
Wow I would be interested too as really want to stop bfing (Dd is 2 years 2 weeks old). If I don't feed for over 24 hours I get very very full and uncomfortable so I am a amazed you have got to 10 days before feeling full!
Thanks - I might dust off the old pump (hardly used as DD was a total bottle refuser).
I have been quite sore for a good week, I just thought it would sort of go.... Crazy!
I would HATE to get mastitis now.... I did everything to (successfully) avoid it at the beginning and I want to bf again if I have another of course, so I would be loathe for the very successful machines to break down now!
Hand expressing is a bit easier when trying to ease lumps out, and also IME didn't seem to encourage as much milk to be produced as using a pump. As I wasn't collecting the milk, I found it easier to lie down and gently express into a muslin square or towel. A lovely vision