Breast Milk Woes

Tahira - posted on 04/05/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How come no one told me the issues that can come with breast feeding. I am now lactating at a fast rate and do not feel like myself.

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Guest - posted on 04/07/2014

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I understand. Unfortunately, even if you hadn't begun breastfeeding, you probably would still have the leaking. The breast milk still comes in, even if you choose not to breastfeed. The breasts usually leak for the first few weeks to months after birth whether you breastfeed or not, but leaking for a few years is pretty rare unless you breastfeed for a year or more.

The most traditional way to dry up breast milk if you choose not to breastfeed is to simply stop feedings and pumping, but sometimes that can cause engorged breasts which are very painful and can cause mastitis. In that case, doctors often recommend using a hand pump to pump just a little milk when they are too full. The cheap hand pumps do not simulate the sucking motion of a baby like the electric pumps do, so they will not stimulate more milk production. That can also help with the leaking until you are all dried up. Again, whether you breast fed to begin with or not, it will still take a few weeks to dry up.

Don't guilt yourself for having tried--it is better to have tried breastfeeding and KNOW that it isn't for you than it would have been to have never tried at all. Also, don't let anyone guilt you for not breastfeeding--it is YOUR choice and your choice alone.

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Tahira - posted on 04/06/2014

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Well, I did not initially want to breast feed my daughter, but I felt kind of guilted into the whole thing. When I got home; there were not complications with my baby, but with me. I am not comfortable with my breast still producing; almost feels like I am over producing milk.
They are still leaking and I guess I have to just accept it; my doctor tells me this can last for 6 months to a few years. I'm just not happy that I started the breast feeding regime and the after math is not good for me. My baby is not breast fed at this time due to medications she is formula bottle fed.Thanks for your encouragement.

Guest - posted on 04/05/2014

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What issues are you experiencing specifically?
Most of the books I read on pregnancy, lactation, and infant care before my son was born had very thorough sections for commonly experienced issues. Obviously, they cannot cover everything, so if you are dealing with something you feel uninformed about, ask your doctor or a lactation consultant for advise.

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