Is this normal?

Ashley - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I was breastfeeding my son and supplementing with formula when needed. My son is eight months old and was eating cereal, fruits, and veggies.

At seven and a half months, he stopped nursing. I don't produce a lot anyways, but I thought he was getting enough. One day, my husband came home from work and I had just finished nursing. He said our son looked hungry. I told him I had just nursed, but he said to try a bottle anyways. My son ate eight ounces! He had only gained five ounces in six weeks, and is now 16 pounds at eight months.

For two weeks I have not nursed, and I am surprised that my breasts do not hurt at all. I was wondering if that is normal? I thought it would hurt and that I would need to take some dry-up pills or something...

So, is this normal or am I just lucky?

Thank you!

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Ashley - posted on 11/17/2009

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Thank you ladies, it is nice to know that I am not the only one! I mean, I am glad I had no pain, I just thought I would.

Thanks again! :)

Cami - posted on 11/17/2009

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I breastfed only for a few weeks and had very little discomfort when mine dried up.

Susan - posted on 11/17/2009

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The whole understanding of breastfeeding is your breasts will produce the amount of milk what is needed at each feed. When your baby is more hungary your breasts should produce more milk and when it isnt so hungary they will stop producing so much. But the important thing is the breasts need to be emptied at each feed. When I first started breastfeeding my son I needed to give him a topup of formula as I wasnt producing enough and he was a big baby but over a period of about 4 weeks I built up my milk supply by pumping at the end of most feeds and then my breasts got the message that they needed to produce more so I was able to stop the formula. Now when he is 16 weeks and 17lbs in weight and we are still breastfeeding full time. I hear some women say they gave up feeding because they didnt have enough milk for their baby. I think this is a bit of a silly thing to say because on the day that you do feel you do not give your baby enough then just top them up and then over a day or two your milk supply should be up again. On a hungary day I offer my baby 2 breasts and always makes sure he emptys one and then when he isnt so hungary he will just want one but he more or less lets me know himself. When your baby begins to take less and less of the breast then your milk should gradually decrease as this is the message sent to the brain to release less hormones. I have still heard of women who might have the problem where they cant stop making the milk even though they have stopped feeding their baby. I think this is a hormonal thing and it can be very painful for some women and so they do need to get a pill from the doctor to stop it. I think that there are a few different ones on offer as again this is a hormonal pill. But otherwise for the lucky ones breastfeeding should not have to be a painful ordeal. It should be a pleasurable experinece and enjoy it while we can do it!

Val - posted on 11/17/2009

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it's normal:) i nursed all four of my children. each stopped nursing at different times...from 9 months to 2 years. your milk will dry up when it is not needed...no pains...as the body says...oh, not needed anymore!:)

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You know what, this happened to me. What I was told was that my full milk supply never really came in. They have to work soo hard just to get a little. Just remember, there is no normal. Normal is what happens to you because everyone is different.

Hayley - posted on 11/16/2009

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And you can over feed because they do suck for comfort, just like when you are breastfeeding! Its called comfort feeding!!!!!

OMG!

Hayley - posted on 11/16/2009

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I breastfeed for 19 month and still have milk and she is 21 months old now but they didnt hurt at lot!

Sharon - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Sara:

One thing to remember, babies suck for comfort. If you put something in their mouth they will suck and you *can* overfeed a formula fed baby. If you were slowly taking out nursing sessions then it should hurt as much. My friend dried up in about a week with little pain.



Where did you get your medical degree??  A cracker jack box???



I don't think you  can over feed any infant.  Toddlers - yes, children yes - but infants?  they eat when they are hungry and then they stop.



She isn't slowly taking out nursing - SHE QUIT and it doesn't hurt. 



So I guess all those la leche league nazis who say to shove a breast in a crying babies mouth are trying to create obese babies.  NICE.



 



over fed babies - omg



and Ashley - yes it normal to dry up without pain.  Not the usual thing but it does happen that way for the lucky ones.



 

Grace - posted on 11/16/2009

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I stopped feeding my girl when she was 4.5 months old. I gradually added in a bottle a day for a few weeks until she was on full formula and I have never had any problem. She is now 7.5 months and doing well.

A couple weeks after i stopped, i couldnt get anything out at all and no pain either.

I wouldn't be concerned about no pain. thats always a good thing :)

Stefie - posted on 11/16/2009

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I had to quite nursing my 14 month old because I am expecting. I noticed that this caused my supply to be low, and was supplementing. I found that I had no discomfort from weaning. I think that if you have low production, weaning is not painful. However, I know that if you for some reason are really upset about weaning and want to continue nursing you can get medication for that, however it makes you really really tired.

Kyetra - posted on 11/16/2009

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I only was able to breastfeed for a few weeks and then stopped. Mine never hurt either but I thought that they would. I guess we have all heard the horror stories of people being on pain meds for stopping. =)

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One thing to remember, babies suck for comfort. If you put something in their mouth they will suck and you *can* overfeed a formula fed baby. If you were slowly taking out nursing sessions then it should hurt as much. My friend dried up in about a week with little pain.

Tiffany - posted on 11/16/2009

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Mine didn't hurt when I was drying up, but I had issues bf anyway...could only do it for 6 weeks with my twins, and wasn't able to do it at all with my youngest. I don't think they give you the pills anymore to dry you up either.

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