breast feeding

Kristen - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions on how to dry up breast milk if you aren't breast feeding?

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Michelle - posted on 01/26/2010

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If you dont feed from the start..plugged ducts are probably gonna be the least of your worries...it will just take time..my sis who formula fed her first, didnt do anything at all and the milk disappeared in a week. She just wore breastpads as they would slightly leak a bit. please see link...http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Mastitis/Pa...
you wont get mastitis from leaving your untouched/unexpressed milk to dry up.

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Rebecca - posted on 01/27/2010

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A lot of people here are saying "cabbage leaves", but it's specifically green cabbage leaves. Change 'em out every few hours for new, cool ones straight from the fridge.



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Jan - posted on 01/26/2010

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Wear a sports bra that doesn't cut across your breast and wrap an ace bandage around yourself and breasts. They will leak alot at times, especially since they are being pressed on by the bandage so breast pads are a must as well. Mine leaked too much for the breast pads so I actually cut a period pad in half and used that in my bra to catch the leaks. Keep them wrapped up all the time and they won't hurt very much for very long!!

Lise - posted on 01/26/2010

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Keep an eye out for clogged ducts or mastitus though - you don't want too much milk to collect.

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2010

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basically just dont feed or do anything with them. Let them be the milk will go away on its own. If they feel like they are getting really full just massage them.
When milk is already in the breasts, additional production slows. Expressing is only used for weaning mothers to slow down the milk production.
Apply cold compresses, gel packs or cold cabbage leafs to your breasts. This helps reduce swelling and can contribute to diminishing the milk supply if used consistently. If you use chilled cabbage leaves, replace every couple of hours.
Don't allow room for nipple stimulation. This also activates the production of your milk supply.
Don't use heat, such as a heating pad, hot water bottle or even running hot shower water on swollen/engorged breasts. This may just aggravate the situation.
If nothing works in a few weeks try peppermint essential oil..not the tea just the oil as this helps to decrease milk supply. But after having a baby your milk should dry up in a few weeks if your not stimulating your nipples in anyway.

Kirsty - posted on 01/26/2010

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i just stoped feeding.. and i just stoped and expressed when they got hard and didnt drink very much water..

Carrie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Cold cabbage leaves help, wearing a snug sports bra around the clock, and warm/hot water/showers will only stimulate you to produce more milk. While taking a shower, turn your back towards the water and try not to stimulate your breasts. If you become engorged you can pump, but again this will stimulate and encourage milk production. Hope this helps!

Shanna - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hot tub of water and put your breasts in there and milk them like a cow. i have heard this works realy well! Hot showers. Pump when you get too uncompfortable but just like a mon. every so often and it will go down.. Dr.s can give you something also??/

Lise - posted on 01/24/2010

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I've heard cabbage leaves on your breasts helps a lot, but there is also medication your doctor can give you.

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