I breastfed my dd for a year and had quite a few plugged milk ducts especially towards the end of the year. My ds is 7 weeks old and I've already had around 10 plugged ducts and a bout of mastitis a week ago. Because of all these issues and because my ds is such a bad nurser, I'm ready to give up breastfeeding because it's so painful for me and stressful for me and my ds. However, I've been getting plugged ducts every day lately. How do I wean him if I keep getting plugged ducts which then need to be "sucked" out? I can't keep doing this and I'm terrified of getting mastitis again because that was an experience I do NOT care to repeat.
I never had the plugged ducts you had, so i don't know if my answer will work for you. I bf'd exclusively for 2 months and planned to do it for at least a year. However, I had intense joint pain from my shoulders down to my toes since my baby was 4 weeks old. It got so painful that i couldn't even take care of my baby. Doc diagnosed me with arthritis (prob triggered by the pregnancy). To agressively treat w/it meds since it was in all my joints and affecting my daily life, I gave up nursing cold turkey. He was only 2 months old so he was more just worried about getting food anyway he could. THankfully, his body adjusted easily and he is doing super on formula and my body is starting to heal slowly. Cold turkey is the only way i could do it b/c i knew if i slowly weaned i would never stop b/c i loved it so much. Ii think if anything, consult the pediatrician...i'm sure they have some good info. Good luck and i hope you start feeling better.
I got plugged ducts just about every day too, but that didn't mean I had to wean, or put up with the plugged ducts either. I took lecithin supplements, and the plugged ducts stopped. More info here: