how long til my milk stops hurting and goes away?

Cynthia - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I have decided to stop breast feeding and was just wondering how long it takes for it to stop hurting and dry up?

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Mariangela - posted on 08/27/2012

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Í have the same problem! it's been 17 days and I am still in pain!!! is this normal? I never pumped after I stopped but this pain is nos going away :( Please any advice?

Tiffanie Sue - posted on 08/28/2012

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Lol I'm trying to dry up right now, because my husband wants to help me with late night feedings, and I woke up in the middle of the night in a puddle of milk hahaha.. So yes, sleep on your back, and for pain I've been taking my Norco and ibuprofen that I still have from having my baby. We had her 2 weeks ago, but I'm hoping that the pain will stop soon, i just barely started drying up last night. I could only breast feed with my 2 yr old for a month, and if I can remember right, the pain was only there for a couple of days.

Ana - posted on 08/30/2012

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I stopped feeding at 5mths old with my daughter and I still had milk at 9mths.. One day after I quit checking, it just stopped coming in..no pain..just stopped.. dont know when

Cynthia - posted on 09/03/2009

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Thanks ladies its day 4 and no pain at all and barely any leakage!! Im hoping to loosen my bras soon lol

Abby - posted on 09/03/2009

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A good idea is to stay away from chocolate as that help to produce milk

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Samantha - posted on 01/30/2014

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I wasn't able to breastfeed and my baby is 2 weeks old today and I still haven't dried up :/

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2009

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to relieve some of the pressure try self expressing (squeezing) some milk out. Not enough to empty you but enough to make your breasts soft again. Cold compresses work wonders. Also try not to let water from the shower to hit your chest directly as this can stimulate the flow. Every woman is different. I took only a day to "dry up" but I also only pumped for a week but it was painful none-the-less. These are all tips that were given by Public Health during a Breastfeeding class and they worked pretty well.

Katrina - posted on 09/03/2009

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Sorry to say but it took me 'bout a week and a half to 2 weeks before my boobs settled. I can remember....even now when DD is nearly 10mths.....how painful it was. Try not to stimulate them, even letting water from the shower hitting your nipple!! Keep a supply of pads near as I found just DD's cry would set me off milking! Wear a good support bra, at night too and take pain relief. It sounds like an old wives tale but I found fresh Savoy cabbage leaves really helped ease the discomfort.....cold compress/gel pads are a godsend......have read somewhere some cold relief remedies help? Stick with it, resist the urge to express............unless it REALLY REALLY hurts it'll soon be done with x

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It will take a few days of agony..the milk will take a while to go away, but at least you will be more comfortable......use ice packs, and a tight fitting bra....i also used fresh cabbage leaves, chilled in the fridge. Put them in your bra overnight. It helps dry up the milk and relieves some of the discomfort. Whatever you do....try not to express any milk or your body will just produce more!

July - posted on 09/02/2009

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Have you tried cold cabbage leaves under your bra? Make sure you wash them first pop them in the fridge then use them under a firm fitting bra. Dont stimulate them at all, try not to stand under the shower and DONT allow warm/hot water to stimulate them (keep your back to the shower).

Debbie - posted on 09/01/2009

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I just stopped too and it took a good two weeks for them to dry up and it was brutal pain for about 4 days, after that they did leak a little and got hard but about 9 days later were back to normal. Nothing worked for pain I went out and got the cabbage and the sage tea but you just have to tough it out, oh and don't pump it just makes you produce more milk take tylenol or ibuprofen and sleep on your back:)

Tiffany - posted on 09/01/2009

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Well, it took me about a week. Put some cabbage leaves in your bra and it helps. And use lanolin oil.

Laura - posted on 09/01/2009

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I was not able to breast feed, so i stopped producing milk within about a week from giving birth, my breast stopped hurting a coulple of days before i i noticed no more milk. It shouldnt be any different for someone who did breastfeed atleast not anymore then a few days

Nikki - posted on 09/01/2009

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it takes about a week 2 stop hurting an leaking then you are back 2 normal :)

Cynthia - posted on 09/01/2009

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Thanks again, Im actually not in to terrible pain during the day its at night, trying to lay on my side moves them lol. I tried so hard to enjoy it and be able to hangon for at least 3 months but i just couldnt. the engorgment hurts less than the sucking of her or the pump! its just not for me i guess. poor lactation nurse was bombarded by me, she was probably hoping id give up lol.

Holly - posted on 09/01/2009

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After exclusively pumping for 6 months, I decided it was time to wean myself. I started slowly stretching out the time between pumpings. Finally I was down to pumping just twice a day. I decided to go cold turkey after that. Big mistake! After about 36 hours without pumping, I was in severe pain ( I had two natural labors which were less painful)! I decided to pump just enough that the pain was more tolerable (I needed to be able to wear my seatbelt to the doctor's). I also put on the tightest sports bra that I owned. Today is the one week anniversary of my freedom from the pump. I have no pain and no leaking.



You don't want to pump/feed until you are empty, that will cause your body to keep producing. You just want to pump/feed to take the edge off. It is the combination of stimulation and emptying your breast that maintains your milk supply. I found this out while trying to build my supply up. My daughter would never actually empty my breasts. My supply stayed low until I started to pump the girls completely empty after each feeding. I quickly decided that pumping was faster and easier for me.



Hang in there. It will get better. Just take it slowly.

Tonya - posted on 09/01/2009

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I feel for you...I so remember this. I got lucky becuase it only took one day for my milk to dry up and go back to normal...good luck.

Sarah - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

You can try biding them. Take a long ace bandage, or they make actual binders, and wrap it tightly around your breasts. When I wanted to dry up, I bought cheap little hand-pump and used it only enough to take the edge off. Cold compresses work wonders. You can try massaging to relieve some of the pain, but that tends to stimulate production. Also, when you're trying to ease off production, try keeping baby a little more happy; your body will react naturally to a baby's cry and produce more milk. And don't forget your breast pads. I did that once - only once. It was horribly embarrassing.


i've done that too .. luckily i only really leaked at night time so i had to make do with cut up sanitary towels till i could go out and buy more pads.



i only breastfed my son for the first 10days as it found it hard and it upset me so i switched to bottles



took about a week or so for me to dry up i think.and absolutely killed .. i practically ended up living in the bath .. as that helped take the pain away a bit and plenty of pain killers



i dunno why but my mum told me to cut down drinking milk and water as it'd help me dry up..



 

Rayna - posted on 09/01/2009

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I agree with the cabbage (though maybe not in the freezer). It's a homeopathic remedy. My milk took about 3 days to dry up. It was just about unbearable!

Paige - posted on 09/01/2009

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You need to slowly stop breastfeeding, for example add one bottle of formular one week, two the next and your supply should slow down and then stop. You cant just stop, because the milk has nowhere to go and hence why it hurts. pump any eccess out if they are way too painfull.

Brandy - posted on 08/31/2009

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I know they tell you not too but I was soooo full I was rock hard, and leaking like a faucet. So i pumped just to take the edge off and it worked like a charm.

Cathi - posted on 08/31/2009

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This might sound wierd...put cabbage leaves in your bra. Have you stopped laughing and giving the screen a stange look? Apparently it actually makes the process faster. A family friend did not want to breast feed at all and did this when she got home and dried up in no time. It's worth a try. lol. Good Luck! =D

Melissa - posted on 08/31/2009

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You can try biding them. Take a long ace bandage, or they make actual binders, and wrap it tightly around your breasts. When I wanted to dry up, I bought cheap little hand-pump and used it only enough to take the edge off. Cold compresses work wonders. You can try massaging to relieve some of the pain, but that tends to stimulate production. Also, when you're trying to ease off production, try keeping baby a little more happy; your body will react naturally to a baby's cry and produce more milk. And don't forget your breast pads. I did that once - only once. It was horribly embarrassing.

Cayla - posted on 08/31/2009

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exactly the only reason i did it was because my milk was pouring out and hurt so badly i didnt pump a lot mind you but enough just to relieve some pain...also they say put cabbage in the freezer and then on your breasts to help out the pain

Kimberly - posted on 08/31/2009

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the doctor said try not to pump cause then the milk will still produce. if it gets that bad then do it, but they advise you not to

Cayla - posted on 08/31/2009

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ugh i feel for you i know how badly it hurts, but mine only took two days....my mom said hers took a week.... all i did to help relieve some pain was to pump out some milk.... hope it works out for you!

Kimberly - posted on 08/31/2009

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i am not sure, but i just went to the doctor and they said to make sure you dont stimulate the production. and make sure to put cold compresses on them to tone down the discomfort and take tylenol when they really hurt. the lady told me i may not totally stop producing but it will take some time, so i have to be patient

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