Hello my Boards friends,
i hope that one of you can help - or has been through similar experience and can share with me how you got on.
My baby is n ow 9 weeks old, and after 9 long weeks of him screaming and roaring (round the clock) it turns out that he is lactose intolerant, as well as having reflux, and as i was getting tired of breast feeding anyway, the gp advised me to totally swap him over to lactose free formula. I'm fine(ish) with this. My problem now is how to cope with suddenly stopping breastfeeding him. I once missed one feed and my boobs got massively engorged and were really really painful. The GP advised me to go cold turkey, and just totally stop BF-ing and not to even pump - but that sounds abit off to me. the baby is still quite cross and i dont know how much more i can take, massively painful boobs could just push me over the edge.
So i guess my question to you all is, how to stop BFing as quickly as possible, without getting mastitis or something like that myself. I was thinking of pumping (and dumping) just enough to relieve the worst of the engorgement, but will that just unneccessarily prolong the pain?
I am of course, also feeling a bit emotional (am surprised at this actuallly, as i was dying to get free of bf-ing untill it actually came to stopping), but i am happy that the small man has gotten a good (if painful for him poor fella) start.
Here's hoping some of you have been through similar and can help.