Help with conversion to formula feeding

Melissa - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Several members were talking about bottle feeding babies and switching from breast feeding to formula feeding. Does anyone have any suggestions for drying up the remaining milk? I have heard using ice packs every few hours, using benadryl and wearing a tight fitting sports bra will help. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Sarah - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

If you normally drink a lot of water or other liquids (milk, coffee, juice, etc) then cut back on those. Don't dehydrate yourself though! And try not to have baths or showers that are too hot... anything that stimulates your milk to flow will only lengthen the process of drying up. I cut back my fluid intake and wore a really tight sports bra, used ice packs or tylenol when I was engorged, wore breast pads all the time. It only took me about a month to completely dry up, which was surprising since I had an abundance of milk! Good luck!



my mum told me to cut down on fluids also when i wanted to stop breastfeeding.

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2009

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If you normally drink a lot of water or other liquids (milk, coffee, juice, etc) then cut back on those. Don't dehydrate yourself though! And try not to have baths or showers that are too hot... anything that stimulates your milk to flow will only lengthen the process of drying up. I cut back my fluid intake and wore a really tight sports bra, used ice packs or tylenol when I was engorged, wore breast pads all the time. It only took me about a month to completely dry up, which was surprising since I had an abundance of milk! Good luck!

Roxy - posted on 09/11/2009

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Time. Eventually it'll all dry up. You can try the ice packs, leaves, etc but what worked for me was no more stimulation.. it's crazy how fast your milk supply depletes when you slow down the process. It took mine about a month 1/2 to two months before it was all gone. It wasn't much, just a little tiny bit. And then poof, gone.

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