I posted this in breastfeeding beyond infancy but it doesn't look like there are too many people over there, so I thought I would try here.
I read a recent post about 'dry nursing' and it sparked my curiosity. I recently weaned ds after 3 years
I wanted him to wean himself but I think we had a thrush problem that I just couldn't kick. Nursing was well and not painful at all until I put him on an antibiotic and I nursed him in awful pain for 2 years beyond that antibiotic. We did LOTS of probiotics and daily yogurts and the 10 drops of nystatin that the dr. prescribed (she didn't believe we had thrush!
and dd was 6 weeks from being born and so to preserve a nursing relationship with her (hopefully pain free) I weaned ds.
I was unable to express anything and noticed white 'spots' on my nipples (maybe where milk dried in the ducts?) Once my colostrum came in I was able to express through a couple of ducts but some still had the white area there. Once my little hoover was born I was able to lactate like a pro and had no more white 'spots'.
Is this what people mean when they say their milk 'dried up'? Alot of girls around me just are not as hardcore as I am about BFing so when people say their milk dried up I put on the sympathy on the outside but on the inside I am thinking 'yeah right, how much effort were you putting in to BF?' I feel like they are just copping out. I always thought as long as my nursling was nursing, I was producing, no questions asked. I wondered how do these women *know* they have no milk???