I am going to stop breastfeeding.
It might sound selfish but I need to feel like myself again and not like a milk truck all the time.
It’s depressing enough that Abby won’t breastfeed straight from the boob, so to have to spend valuable ‘free’ time expressing into a bottle, on top of the time it takes to feed her the bottle, it’s more than I’d like to deal with for much longer.
Question is – how do I stop?
I’ve been reading online and have tried to skip a feed (or in my case, an expression) so that I only expressed three times a day. I also reduced the time I spent expressing by limiting to 10 minutes each side (but I know I have to reduce this further).
This was fine for the first day but because the last expression of the night still left milk in me, I was so swollen and sore by 4am that I had to wake up just to express. Then, the next day I found myself back to expressing four times a day because I was carrying around extra milk from not emptying them properly each time.
I am guessing that I have to put up with the swelling and pain for a while before my body starts reducing the milk supply.
To those mothers who have stopped breastfeeding – tell me your story and give me some advice!