Sara - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
I breastfed my baby for a year and would have gone longer but decided to go on a low calorie diet to help me lose weight. (I lost 80 lbs before I got pregnant with her but during her pregnancy I gained alot and I figured I would lose it during nursing, but acutally put on another 10 lbs!!) So I knew I could not continue nursing my baby and do this diet at the same time, which is why I waited until my baby was one to start. At that point, my little Savanna was only nursing 4 times a day so I replaced 1 feeding a week with a snack and a cup of milk - so I weaned her super slowly (over the course of a month). After I had her fully weaned, the first week my breasts seemed pretty dried up so I figured I had weaned her right. But then out of no where about a week and a half after I had stopped nursing her, I got super duper engorged!!! Especially my right breast. They look almost deformed!!! I am wearing a super supportive sports bra and have been putting cabbage leaves in my bra. It's been a week since this has happened and the engorgement has only slightly gone down. How long will this last? My breasts hurt to even barely touch them. I don't want to pump to relieve the pressure, because I worry that will just draw the drying up process out further. Any advice as to how to help it dry up faster? I figured the low calorie diet would dry it up but it isn't!! Ugh - I swear I'm just ready to cut my breasts off!!! My baby, on the other hand, is doing great and doesn't seem to miss nursing at all, which does make me feel a little better.