That's great MadelinesMama, hope you are enjoying the extra time off!
Thinking of you Jessimaca!
Well I think yesterday was officially my last day of pumping! After my mum had visited I was down to two pumps a day. I was going to continue like this until I stopped for definite a week before we go to the UK, around 17 Nov. I had never really had any trouble with sore nipples when I was pumping 6 times a day but the less I pumped the more sore and cracked they seemed to get. Yesterday I was getting the bath with DD and I kind of pulled her across my front and a 2cm crack opened up on the top of my nipple. Then I thought enough is enough! I'm not going to try and get it to heal up just for these last 10 days. Ideally I wanted to taper off more, I'm pumping twice a day and get about 300ml. I really hope I'm not going to have any problems now that I've stopped so abruptly. I am drinking mint tea as I've heard that helps your milk dry up, I'm still eating oatmeal each morning but I have that for breakfast everyday (i love it so much!). Anything else I can do? It is seriously painful!
I never did get my lipase problem sorted, I tried scalding but it didn't seem to help, maybe I didn't get it hot enough, I was afraid of boiling it too much. I have been mixing BM with formula.
My goal was to breastfeed for 6 months, DD is now 28 weeks so i got a little bit past my original BF goal
Ladies you have been an inspiration, I'm so glad this thread exists, it really made me feel like I wasn't alone in this!