How long does it take to dry up after you stop nursing?

Jenna - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I Stopped pumping/nursing just about 3 weeks ago and have not had any pain!! I know I know-I am NOT complaining its just that I still get that "tingling" feeling every now and then. Have I dried up? How long does it usually take?

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Brooke - posted on 11/04/2012

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I'm wondering the same thing! I stopped over a year and a half ago and still leak every now and then...

Rachel - posted on 03/01/2009

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My son declared himself a big boy at 27 months and stopped nursing. About a year and a few odd monhs later I got pregnant and finally stopped producing. Of course, a few months after that I started leaking colustrum for this baby :p so much for having a break from the random wet spots on my shirts!

Anna - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hiya!  I was still producing a small amount of milk for months after I stopped breastfeeding my first child - I think as long as there's no infections etc then there is no need to worry.  Congratulations - am looking forward to when I stop nursing my second baby!

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I stopped nursing my daughter Ella over 3 months ago and can still squeeze out a tiny amount of milk.  I asked my physician about this and he indicated that some women will continue to have milk in their breasts for anywhere from 1 year to a year and a half.  I agree with Anna...as long as you are not having any pain, funky discharge, etc...I wouldn't worry about it! 

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Jessica - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had to quit breastfeeding my baby due to other problems and dried up within three weeks and had no problems, tingling feelings etc. I think it just depends on how long you breastfed for, whether you had problems with that or not, and its probably different for every woman.

Kirsty - posted on 02/24/2009

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Personally I stopped producing any real amount of milk after a week or so.  I was told by my nurse that if I had aby discomfort I could use savoy cabbage leaves as they help to stop milk production.  No idea how this works but it's certainly worth trying although apparently you smell like coleslaw!!  :)

April - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have read that it can take anywhere from 1 month to nearly a full year (some women report even longer) to be completely and totally done producing any milk. So as far as I know, it is an individual sort of thing and doesnt follow any set period of time to happen. The only way you'd know for sure is the attempt to express some milk by hand and see what you get?

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