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|Tue, 07-29-2008 - 3:55am|
Have any of you weaned early because of chronic clogs/mastitis problems? I have AWEFUL killer clogs, literally once or twice a week and I am seriously thinking about weaning early just to stop this pain.
The clogs are worsening my insomnia (can't sleep through the pain), are making me miserable (and thereby DS and DH miserable) and I just don't know if it's worth it in the balance. I pump around 32-36 oz a day (DS eats between 40-42 and I used to be able to meet that, but with all the cabbage leaves to treat clogs, etc. my supply has dropped somewhat).
DS is turning 3 months tomorrow and he already doubled his weight at 2 months (folks think he's six months, LOL!) and his growth seems to be leveling off a bit, so I feel good about what I've managed so far. I'm getting ready to try him on cereal a little early since he shows all the "signs" that he's ready and I've been supplementing with formula and don't have any weird feelings about doing that.
But I wanted to try and stick it out until January (when I go back to work) and my mommy gut isn't giving me any clear direction on this one. I always feel so good after a clog clears, but they're wearing me down and I feel like I'm missing out of these early days with DS because half my brain is in pain....
For the record, my clog prevention/treatments are:
massage, massage, massage, massage
various boob shaking/tickling
hot rice in sock
ice packs (for pain, not much help at 3am though)
cabbage leaves on the location of the clog
pumping in the car
Okay, this might be TMI, but sometimes, if I'm lucky, I can suck the clog out myself (sorry, weird, I know!!)
I feel like I'm missing one... anyway, suggestions also welcome!