Drying up pain

Kristina - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a ten month old daughter who was away from me for four days and I was unable to pump much or nurse. For a over a week I tried getting my supply back but have been unable so I have decided to stop breastfeeding. The problme now is I have become horribly ingorged. Do any other moms have any suggestions on drying up with the least amount of pain?

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Kristina, the fact that you are engorged now suggests that you have plenty of milk. So if you wanted to you could start breastfeeding again. Just offer her the breast as often as possible and your supply will sort itself out.

But if you want to wean now, remember that weaning is best done slowly., so slowly reduce the number of feeds, starting with the one your daughter seems to be less interested in. Wait a few days, then drop another feed, and so on.

It's important to tackle the engorgement, as it could lead to mastitis and/blocked ducts if left untreated.To reduce the pain of engorgement, express some milk, just enough to relieve the pressure. Standing under a warm shower while expressing is great. This small amount of expressing won't be enough to increase your supply, but it will help to bring the engorgement down.

Many women find that refrigerated cabbage leaves in their bra help to relieve the pain. Sometime hot or cold compresses can help with the pain, or it may be necessary to speak with your pharmacist about pain relief.

Stormi - posted on 06/23/2010

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I have transition my daughter over to formula and it's been over a week for me and I'm horribly engorged and the pain is out of control. I have been using ice packs and taking pain medication to relief the pain. I have also used cabbage on my breast I read that there is something in cabbage that is suppose to help with the pain and help to dry you up. Good luck, I know what your going through!!

Maggie - posted on 06/17/2010

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pump until comfortable but not completely or your body will think the baby still wants milk and will kee producing. If you dont have a pump, massage under a hot shower and press or hand express until comfy. Eventually expressing less and less each time and it will dry up

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