Sonshine is weaned, my heart is aching, blood pressure is high - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 10-19-2011, 08:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
Penny4Them's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Wake Forest, NC USA
Posts: 344
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Dear Mommas,

 

I always find comfort and support here, for which I am so thankful. I'm writing because I feel so sad and confused.

 

My Sonshine is 2 1/4 and is now completely weaned. It makes me very emotional to think about this and what has happened.

 

Over the past few months, he dropped from 5 times a day to once or twice a day until about 2 weeks ago. He was completely leading the way to weaning. 2 weeks ago I went away from him for a couple days and my blood pressure went sky high. I didn't pump while we were apart as I figured when I returned to him I'd nurse if he wanted to as my supply is very low anyway, and we were nearing the end. When I returend to him, I nursed him a few times, but still didn't feel very well (headaches and weird massive urination).

 

I suspected a UTI and went to see my doc last week and my bp was high--not a UTI at all. I'm convinced it's because of hormonal changes due to no nursing, (I'm only about 5 lbs overweight and I eat pretty healthfully) BUT my doctor's office is not convinced. They insisted it was too high and that I needed to go on medicine. They started me on a med that has made me terribly exhausted and even more emotional, but at least my BP is down.

 

Now I can no longer nurse my son at all because of the medicine. He and I are so very sad about this, but he has been so sweet and just says "All gone?" and I say, yes, it's all gone. Breaks my heart. WE now have cuddles at night, but still he asks me for it.

 

Can someone share with me some info about what to expect now that I am no longer nursing at all? Has anyone here experienced or read about changes in blood pressure? I'm so hoping my bp will go back to normal in a couple months so I can get off the medicine. I'm so sad about all this and feel like I've been robbed of the last few times that we probably would've nursed. The good news is my bp is under control on the medicine, but my heart is hurting from the stress of this and the sadness.

 

Thanks for any words or advice.

Much love,

 


grouphug.gifPenny4them  
Blessed WAH wife and mama to my happy brood jumpers.gif Dd1(7/01) Dd2(10/02) Ds (6/09) CDing & ECing works! No Circ, Make it yourself or buy something Handmade! mdcblog5.gif 

Penny4Them is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 10-20-2011, 07:51 AM
 
MamatobabyA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

To be honest, I am wondering what medication they put you on.  There are many antihypertensives you can take while nursing.  If you and your DS are not done, then I would look into a medication that is safe.  Labetalol is a very common choice for nursing mothers. 

MamatobabyA is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 10-22-2011, 09:39 AM
 
PatioGardener's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 5,041
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm sorry you both are going through this.

 

If you want to keep nursing, there are antihypertensives that are safe for breastfeeding mothers. http://www.infantrisk.com/ can help.

PatioGardener is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 11-30-2011, 07:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
Penny4Them's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Wake Forest, NC USA
Posts: 344
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thank you Mamas. It's been quite a time for me. Originally I was on metoprolol (safe for nursing) but I had a bad side effects, including depression and memory loss. It was hard to determine what was due to the medicine and what was due to my high blood pressure. The doc moved me from that class of medicine to another one, and now I'm on lisinopril, which is not safe for bfing but it has lowered my bp to a safer level. I finally feel good and like my normal self again.

 

It's been a month now since we last nursed. I'm very sad about all of this, and especially how we had to stop immediately. We were doing so well, just following his lead. I'm trying really hard to focus on the 2 years 4 mos my son and I had nursing, but still I feel like I robbed him of something. Like I let him down foor not fighting harder and knowing what to ask for from my doc.

 

Sonshine and I talk about it all the time, and he says "All gone Mamoo?" (that's what he called it, andcow milk is moomoo.)and I say, yes, it's all gone. Thankfully the last few times we nursed, my milk was all but gone anyway, so he has a comprehension that my breasts didn't have very much to offer him, but still I wouldn've like to comfort him by nursing through the transition.. It was probably the stress of everything that led to my drying up.

 

I fought so many things for 2 years to continue nursing. My pediatrician, my dh, stigmas in my family and it makes me so sad.

 

Thank you for your support and kindness.


grouphug.gifPenny4them  
Blessed WAH wife and mama to my happy brood jumpers.gif Dd1(7/01) Dd2(10/02) Ds (6/09) CDing & ECing works! No Circ, Make it yourself or buy something Handmade! mdcblog5.gif 

Penny4Them is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off