So i am starting a medication that will require me to cut back on nursing to once first thing in the morning (before i take a once a day dose) and hopefully still a bedtime nursing (after my morning dose is mostly out of my system) this medication will be for the indefinite future and is pretty much a must take situation
in the last month or two i have mostly cut out vernal on demand night nursing (to save my sanity, the were getting really aggressive and my health was suffering in lock step with my lack of sleep) so they come to bed in the wee morning and i nurse them a few times once it is 6am, its been working mostly good for us. i few bouts of pouting, but lots of snuggles have gotten us thru.
in preparation for this i stopped the late after noon nursing a week or so ago, so it has been only 1pm nap, 8pm bed and 6-9am mornings for a few weeks. it will now have to be 6-7ish mornings and 8pm bedtime nursing only.
my twins turn 2 this week and drink nothing but my milk and water, they eat pretty great from what i can tell.
here are my 3 questions:
- what can i do to help my boobs go these huge gaps in the day with no nursing? i may need to drop even the bedtime one, not sure yet. i would like to keep the morning nursing for a good while, it makes us all happy and no way id drop it mid winter if i can help it. So i have thankfully never had a full blown case of mastitis, but i have regular plugged ducts, in the same spots over and, probably from some breast surgery i had 17 years ago, i have always aggressively treated it with tons of hot hot hot packs and nurse nurse nurse! i have 2 kids that frankly love me to get plugged ducts! i hadn't had them in a while but then got them 2 times in these past weeks that i have been cutting everything back. what else can i do if i get them and cant nurse, is there anything to do besides pump and dump?
- do i need to add anything to my twins diet nutritionally, I'm sure folks would say to add whole milk, I'm on the fence about drinking lots of milk from another animal. not sure totally why, i personally drink milk in things like coffee and cereal, but usually stop short of just drinking a glass of milk, again not sure why, maybe I'm way over thinking it. the twins eat lots of organic whole milk yogurt and kefir, eat cheese, is that enough for their calcium needs, or what else am i not thinking of I'm that they might need when they are getting way less milk?
- also a bit fretting over the loss of a "back up snack" i have never really worried about the odd day when one just decided to not eat a particular meal, or when we were running errands and ate thru all the snacks i brought, i just am so bummed to lose my awesome back up, always available and in stock yummy super snack! not to mention the "mood mender" & "healer of all booboos". how to i deal with that? I'm crushed thinking i wont be able to nurse a hurt toddler. I'm getting teared up thinking of this right now.