Can you help me stop the pain?

Brittney Olson- - posted on 10/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to stop my milk production.. I have heard of putting cabbage in your bra and also rice... Has anyone tried these? I have a little girl who's about to be two and a 4 month old boy and I just can't remember how I stopped with the last one.
I think I gradually weaned bc I was losing too much weight and blacking out a lot. Now my Dr. gave me a week to wean my son bc of medical reasons and he is taking formula now so I need to stop my milk flow. I'm trying to go cold turkey but it hurts so bad expecially when either of my babies bump me.
Any suggestions to help with pain?

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Weaning cold turkey is a no-no! Even if your baby is no longer breastfeeding (and you said he is taking formula) you need to express a bit (not much) to relieve the engorgement and pain. If you get too engorges there is a risk of breast infection.
Cabbage leaves, as others have said, can help with the pain, and I think there is a drug that can help, but check with a pharmacist or a lactation consultant.

Summer - posted on 11/02/2011

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peppermint tea reduces milk production. oatmeal encourages it, so stay away. express a little to release the pressure. Good luck.

Katie - posted on 11/02/2011

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But be aware that the smell of cabbage will probably put you off eating cabbage again!

Katie - posted on 11/02/2011

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Cold cabbage leaves from the fridge will help cool/soothe your engorged breasts when you stop breastfeeding. Cut a hole for your nipple.

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2011

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Cabbage leaves in your bra should help with the pain and reducing production. Also wear a tight bra/top to help with reabsorption. Paracetamol may also help.

Kristy - posted on 10/30/2011

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Maybe if it gets that painful you could try just expressing a little bit to relieve some of the engorgement. I know you are trying to stop it completly but maybe just expressing a little but by hand might help.

Maree - posted on 10/29/2011

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I thought there was a medication you could take to stop the milk !!! that's what you get in hospital if you don't want to breast feed (or so I have been told)...maybe you could do a google search or call the hospital where your baby was born and ask them

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