I am trying to stop breastfeeding....How can I stop my milk production?

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Renee - posted on 08/20/2009

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Sounds funny but putting cabbage leaves on your breast helps to stop the milk!

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Cabbage Leaves. Buy a cabbage take it apart leaf by leaf rinse them then put them in te refrigerator. Place a leaf on each breat under bra and change out when they get warm do it through the whole head and you should feel much better. I know it sounds crazy but my midwife told me to do this. I didn't have to do it but I know other women who have and it works

Kelly - posted on 08/21/2009

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I expressed once i got uncomfortable and i kept doing this until i dried up, you'll notice that it'll take longer to get uncomfortable and each time there will be less to express.

Betty - posted on 01/12/2013

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Some women are crying because they cant produce and some cry because they do and no longer want it. but its simple, to stop the flow you need to breast feed less and less. I have an 11 month old and I knew it was time to stop so what I did was only breastfeed during bed time. If she wakes up to feed she gets a sippy cup with water or she gets ignored (sounds harsh but works). Then I stopped cold turkey. I'm still in the process she has not breast fed in 5 days and does not seem to miss it...so far, right?

Svetlana - posted on 08/20/2009

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Slowely stop feeding or pumping and place cold compress on your breasts to relief engourgment and pain, and eventually the milk production will stop.

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Nancy - posted on 08/21/2009

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Well if you stop letting your child latch on or u stop pumping so often..You production with slow up and gradually it will get easier not to have to pump. It will stop... Mine stopped in about a month.

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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wrap your boobs real tight everyday with like a scarf of sumthing. i used a peice of a shirt. it worked. but you have to do it for like a week. keep it on all day long. maybe it will work for you!!

Danielle - posted on 08/21/2009

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I weaned my pretty easily. The less you breastfed, the less your breast will make. I used to start pumping more (which is effective but not as much as suckling) because I had to go back to work. It's not nearly as uncomfortable if you lessen the amount of breastfeedings and pump less and less often. It takes longer, but that way if you want to still give the baby breastmilk you can and your milk will dry up on it's own. Decrease the amount of times you nurse per day.

Hanah - posted on 08/20/2009

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You can take a certain medication for that but I highly recommend that you don't because of its severe side effects. What I did when I first decided to stop was pump all the milk out, took a warm shower (a warm patch eases the pain), and wore a tight bra for 3 consecutive days. The milk went away and it wasn't half as painful as an engorged breast. good luck!

Chelsey - posted on 08/20/2009

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my doctor recommended cabage leaves. It helps with the swelling. Its sounds weird but it works.

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2009

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Please dont just stop, your ducks will become blocked and may get infected, you need to drop one feed every 2 days, and give your little one formula instead. It should take 2 to 3 weeks to stop producing. You wont get any swelling and you will not risk any infections. Please please dont go cold turkey.

Melissa - posted on 08/19/2009

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i just decreased it. replacing it with formula. it will still hurt for a few days.

Carla - posted on 08/19/2009

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what worked for me was, just not pumping or putting the baby on. they hurt bad but after a week they quit hurting and starting drying up. thats the best way to do it if you want the milk to go away quick.

Brittney - posted on 08/19/2009

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Just stop having you child latch on...You'll dry up eventually. Its very painful!

Pauline - posted on 08/19/2009

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i agreed with jenee to, but you put it the freezer the cabbage leaves and then put in ur bra , yes it may be cold the it help heaps with swelling and the pain also i also take pain killers, and take the normal pill instead of the mini pill it would help heaps with the drying up the milk, i hope this help, i had four kids and this way as always help,

Jenee - posted on 08/18/2009

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As an old home remedy..put cabbage leaves in your bra..it dried mine up in less than two days!!

Tanya - posted on 08/18/2009

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What I did was use the breast pump. I just Pumped less and less. Just like winging yourself off. You will produce less within a month

Courtney - posted on 08/18/2009

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all you can do it wait it out.. it doesnt feel that great but .. it will stop.. what ever you do .. Dont Pump no matter what..... i put pressure on my the whole time... that seem to help

Rachel - posted on 08/18/2009

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Start to pump/feed less and less each day. If it gets painful, just pump/express enough to relieve the pain. You will start to produce less and less each time.

Robin - posted on 08/18/2009

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you know I was only able to give my son my milk for about 4 weeks and he is 8 1/2 mo now and still produce tiny amounts of milk, and currently 6 wks preggo with no 2!

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I weaned my son off gradually. I started with replacing just one meal a day with bottle for a day or two, then replaced two meals a day for a few days, then three, etc. I never got engorged or had any pain.

Jackie - posted on 08/18/2009

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Every day I would pump less and less until I was doing it just once a day. Then I fully stopped after about a week or more. Once I stopped, it took just about two days and the milk was gone! I had a very low supply to begin with though. Just take warm showers to help with the engorment when stopping. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 08/17/2009

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i didn't breast feed but i know people who did or do u start slowing by cutting out a pumping if you pump then just slowing keep cutting back

Lynlee - posted on 08/17/2009

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The best way to do it is over time so if you have it, gradually reduce the number of feeds over several weeks. Then you will be producing only a small amount of milk and it won't hurt you when you stop altogether. If you don't do anything you will still have milk months or sometimes years later but you shouldn't leak and it shouldn't bother you as you will only have a small amount remaining.

Jessica - posted on 08/17/2009

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I recently stopped, and I wore a tight bra which helped and I just had to hang in there, it was pretty painful but I was able to dry up in about 3-4 days, so good luck.

Danielle - posted on 08/17/2009

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When I stopped breadt feeding I just had to let it all dry up. I wore 2 sports bras at all times to put a lot of pressure on them and made sure nothing stimulatedmy nipples, I even wore a bra in the shower ( my doc told me to do that) I put ice packs on them every hour to help witht he swelling and pain. I did hear that allergy meds help dry the milk up though. You can't even pump to relieve all of the pain and pressure. My milk dried up in about a week and a half. Good luck

Kelly - posted on 08/17/2009

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If you want to do it with minimal pain (to both you and baby), doctors say to cut out one feeding a day per week. If you are stopping cold turkey, it will hurt a bit but the intense part is over within a weekend or so. I was still producing a tiny bit for over a month after my last feeding session, so it won't totally dry up immediately.

Joanne - posted on 08/17/2009

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If your all done breast feeding what I did was just stop, plain and simple.....You get a little engourged but after 2 weeks if there has been no feeding at all then you can express a bit of milk manually to release some of that build up.

Hope that helps

Nancy - posted on 08/17/2009

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What I did was I wraped my breast with ace bandages and a size to small sports bra and stopped pumping and i stoped producing milk real fast..

Katarina - posted on 08/17/2009

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I did the same thing as Heather. I got a little bit of a fever to. a couple of Tylenols and I was good to go. I also pumped and at every feeding I pumped less and less.

Heather - posted on 08/17/2009

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When I stopped, I had to just wait it out. It will eventually dry up in its own. It was painful...and very uncomfortable...but it will eventually stop the milk production.

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