How do i stop my milk?
Jay - posted on 12/30/2009
why go through this if you still have enough breastmilk?no formula can really replace breastmilk so your baby and you are benefitting a lot from it. Of course its everyones personal choice but its very unfortunate that soo many mothers in this country are not even considering breastfeeding. Breastmilk babies have less alergies and the mothers loose the pregnancy weight way faster too. Another plus is that you might dont even get ur period during this time (to me its helpful cause dealing with a baby is already enough) and u dont have a smelly poop. There are more and more reasons to breastfeed but i just thought i name a few important benefits.Of course one of the big reasons, you save plenty of money. Formula is very expensive and not that good your ur little baby.Its your choice good luck i just wanted to encourage u to continue.
I stopped breastfeeding all at once...the cabbage leave work wonders...really do help with the pain from engorgement...the only thing I wouldn't suggest is the ace bandage idea..I was told by my lactation consultant that wrapping yourself tightly is not suggested as it is a common way to end up with blocked mammary ducts which is incredibly painful!!! Good luck!!
Kacee - posted on 12/29/2009
I am back to work now and do not produce during the day...I still exclusively breast feed while at home. I began pumping at work about 3 times a day and within a month I wasn't pumping at all...it just seemed that I would not "produce" for the pump. Like the other moms say, if you don't want the painful sensations of going cold turkey...slowly introduce a bottle to your baby at a regular time of nursing. Also, my LO is on similac sensitive which is very close to the ingredients in breastmilk...try that...it doesn't have a strong smell like the other formulas. Good Luck!
Faythe - posted on 12/26/2009
I know it may sound weird but it works on everyone 'cabbage leaves". Just slip them in your bra and within a few hours your milk will dry up....my entire mommy group has done this and it's not painful....just a very natural way of doing things which I prefer
Natalie - posted on 12/23/2009
I am also giving up breastfeeding. I have started by substituting one feed a day with a bottle, then two etc etc. I'm only up to two bottles a day, so i cant really give any helpful tips but the midwife said to me to introduce more bottles slowly and only every few days or weeks to help your milk supply settle down. She said slowly is the key. Apparently you can give up breastfeeding cold turkey if you really need to but im guessing it would be very uncomfortable. Goodluck!
Megan - posted on 12/23/2009
Another way to stop your milk, though it's kinda painful, is to put breast pads into your nursing bra, and then wrap your chest with an ace bandage. I did this when immediately after I had my child due to medications, and it only took a few days for them to stop producing milk.
I agree with the other two mothers that whatever you decide, it will be painful, because your breasts will become engorged and make everything just slightly annoying with the pain. Tylenol will help with the aches from it, but if you are going to pump at all, don't use the tylenol.
Hope this helps you.
Victoria - posted on 12/23/2009
Everything Hi'ilani said and also, drink sage tea, you can buy the leaves from select grocery stores, boil some water, leave the leaves in the water for 5/10 mins and drink it once it's cooled a little, trust me, it helped dry my milk in less than a week and I was full full full and rock hard, hurting lots and lots before I started drying up. I'm also being serious when I say try putting cabbage leaves straight from the fridge inside your bra, flush with your breast. Your milk will leak onto them so change the leaf every few hours. I would put a breast pad between the cabbage and your bra to soak up any milk. It should help with the discomfort you're bound to feel. Good luck.
Hi'ilani - posted on 12/23/2009
lessen the amount that you pump/ nurse and your milk supply should go down. it will hurt and feel uncomfortable because it will get engorged but that's the only way. for me, i did it slowly, i would substitute with formula or use the saved breast milk that was in my freezer with formula, so half and half to stretch my milk so that he would still get some natural neutrients and just not pump when i was supposed to. after a while it will stop. so do it slowly and dont just stop pumping or nursing all at once.good luck!!
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