Breast abcesses in one breast required surgery
Currently had surgery on left breast to remove 6 awful abcesses! Struggling to feed/express due to pain and scaring, milk is managing to leak out of nipple (so far touch wood no fistulas). The question is it possible to dry up milk on left breast and carrying on feeding from right?
Right breast had no problems at all, can express enough to keep baby happy, can empty breast with no problems with continued pump expressing, my baby is only 4 weeks old and I am keen to carry on with breastmilk, however scared that stopping suddenly on left breast will cause more blocked ducts, resulting in more abcesses! Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
It is certainly possible to continue to feed from one breast. Bear in mind mothers of twins can make enough milk to satisfy two babies. However it will be very important to reduce the milk supply on the left breast very gradually to avoid any engorgement, flares of mastitis or more abscesses. For more information about how breasts work and how to stop breastfeeding (on one breast) you could see How to Stop Breastfeeding. Ideally if you can contact an IBCLC lactation consultant to help you with breastfeeding they would be able to help identify the reasons that led to the abscesses in the first place and help you breastfeed successfully on both breasts.