Tales from a weaning breast: numb nam-nams
My 2.5yo nurses in the morning and evening. On the weekends, sometimes he will nurse mid-day. We're not ready to give up breastfeeding. My two previous children nursed until right about this age.
Last week, I had to take an overnight trip without the boy, despite my success over the past 2 years in bringing babe along with me for work travel. I left for my work trip this time, with no child to nurse and no pump to extract milk. It was somewhat intentional. The trip was less than 48 hours.
By night, a good day after I had nursed, my breasts were tender, started to feel engorged. By the time I went to bed, they were bumpy, full of big bubbles of milk. By 3am, I tossed and turned, unable to find a comfortable spot or position. Every thing made my breasts hurt; they were becoming more and more rock-like with every hour.
I even got out of bed to consult trusty urbanMamas to see how mamas had handled weaning before: there was Sarah almost 6 years ago, breast unwilling to let down into pump phlange, and there were weaning tactics and tactics, and there were discussions on the right time to wean. Not too much to help with my discomfort during my days of decreased nursing.
When I woke up in the morning, I took a walk/jog in the cold air. I thought it would distract me and numb my already numb nam-nams. In the shower, I tried to gingerly massage and hand expres some milk, to not too much avail. I seized in discomfort. I counted the moments until... finally I was home to child and insisted he nurse. He was distracted, not too much interested, and the relief was not satiating.
In a couple of days, we were back to normal, nursing in the morning and at night. I am not looking forward to my next overnight, which is around the corner in three weeks. Should I bring a small hand pump with me next time? Should I more agressively hand express? What is the best method for hand expression? I am SO not looking forward to the engorgement again!