I'm not quite sure where this belongs, but if it belongs somewhere else, feel free to move it.
My ds just turned 2 years old last week. We've had a wonderful and fulfilling breastfeeding relationship, but now I have to stop, cold turkey, for the safety of my son. He has been on a steady decline for the last month, only breastfeeding once a day or once every two days, but because I have been in and out of the hospital the last few days he has wanted me more often.
I was given a prescription for a medication called Protonix, because I've been having severe abdominal pain and vomiting. The doctors say that the pain could be either an early gall stone or an early ulcer, and either way, this medication should help.
The medication is said to be "safe" to take during pregnancy; however, it is unsafe for my son to continue to breastfeed during treatment with this medication, because there is a very real possibility that he could suffer from the side effects.
I do not want to see my son harmed, but I do not want to force him to wean before he is ready, especially after such a traumatic week. I wish I could stop taking the medicine, but unfortunately it's the only thing that is helping me to keep down all the food and nutrients the new baby and I need.
My question is this, how do I help my son cope with the loss of breastfeeding?
I've tried explaining to him that mama's "num-nums" are sick, and if he were to have them he could get sick too. He understands and seems to accept my explanation, but I can tell that he is hurt.
Please help me with some suggestions.