Whether exclusive pumping is a decision or a necessity due to surrounding circumstances, there are several things you can do to make your efforts more successful.
Recently, I have noticed many conversations online where breastfeeding mothers have expressed feelings of despair and frustration that their needs were not met while working with a lactation consultant. In fact, this isn't just happening online, but also in my community as well.
Today, on the San Diego Breastfeeding Center blog, I'm honored to share Krystyn Brintle's memoir about her battle with Insufficient Glandular Tissue. If you would like to submit your story as well, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much, Krystyn, for sharing your story with us! Your story is truly inspirational!
My youngest is weaning. Most people assume she has long since stopped nursing, since she goes to preschool, eats everything, and has sleepovers with the grandparents. She still usually nurses at bedtime, but sometimes forgets to ask. Occasionally she'll drift off, and then bolt up, announcing "bedtime nana!" She seems to be on roughly the same timetable as her older brother and sister, so I suspect she'll forget more and more often, and be weaned altogether in a few months.
Why is my breast so swollen??? Does your breast suddenly feel like it is going to explode, like a balloon, off of your chest? Does it hurt to breastfeed, yet you know you have to remove your milk ASAP? Are you starting to feel exhausted and lethargic... not something that can just be blamed on being a new mom? Sounds like you may have mastitis!