I am trying to dry up my breastmilk, any suggestions and how long does it take?

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Is it normal to have bumps while drying up your milk?

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Rachel - posted on 04/22/2011

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ive just started to stop breastfeeding its been 24hours and my breast are lumpy plus im uncomfortable cant even bear to touch my breast they are also leaking ive tried the lettuce leaves,cold packs and even contraception as the doc said it will help to dry them up. Im also wearing a sports bra what else can i take for the pain and discomfort . i appreciate any advice thankyou and how long does it take

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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Yea I didn't do so well with breastfeeding so I have been pumping. I have been slowly weaning so I was down to pumping twice a day. Now I have stopped pumping and am rather uncomfortable. I have lumps and didn't know if that was normal or something I should call my doctor about or if I can just rub them and they will eventually go away. I have also been putting cold cabbage and ice packs on them.

Shannon - posted on 03/13/2009

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Hey Michelle! I wore a regular bra and 2 sports bras (at the sme time) for 3 days straight (morning and night) and dried right up with no pain. Hope this helps :)  good luck!

User - posted on 03/13/2009

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I used an ace bandage around myself, it took about 3 days, but expect up to a week from what my doc told me.  I had bumps also, Dr said it was normal b/c of the mammory glands.

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Miranda - posted on 08/11/2014

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i just had my daughter almost 3 weeks ago i have a really large milk supply. my daughter is only on formula now and has been for 2 days now. i have a severe problem with leaking and engorging and the pain. i was told by a friend to wear a tight bra or a sports bra but that makes them leak even worse. i have a 5 year old and he wasn't breast feed so i didn't have this problem. and i also have a 3 year old she was breast and bottle feed she topped taking the breast by the time she was 18 days old. and i only leaked a very little and within 2 days after she stopped i wasn't leaking at all. the baby is the only one out of 3 that i have it really bad with. i could really use some help or tips on what to do.

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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i'm reading this and i'm not quite there in weaning him off (he's 10 m) but now i'm totally dreading it.  I TOO have an army of a milk supply so I'm assuming based on responses that it'll take me 2 weeks! lol

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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i'm reading this and i'm not quite there in weaning him off (he's 10 m) but now i'm totally dreading it.  I TOO have an army of a milk supply so I'm assuming based on responses that it'll take me 2 weeks! lol

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2009

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thanks for all the comments! i don't have any friends with babies so it is nice to have a place to come to for advice!

Marlo - posted on 03/13/2009

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It took me alot longer! I had to pump a little off because of my "over abundent milk supply" as the doctor called it... I had to nuse my kids laying on my back for a while to keep from drowning them. When I quit nursing I just pumped a little off until they were comfortable (just an ounce per breast or so), so that may be why it took longer, but I was never in a lot of pain because of it. Good luck, and hang in there!

Diana - posted on 03/13/2009

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I did the cold cabbage thing, but I don't know how much it really helped. The cold felt good though. It took a few weeks for my milk to really dry up, as I had enough milk to feed an army of kids. Take something for the pain. Bumps were all over my breasts. Good luck!

Nichola - posted on 03/13/2009

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wow you all dried up quick....towards the end i was only breastfeeding at night and hayden weaned himseif but i could still get milk after like two weeks of not breastfeeding

Dawn - posted on 03/13/2009

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The cabbage leaves are really supposed to help, but you can't use them if you have a sulfa allergy.

Heather - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have a friend that swears that placing cabbage leaves in your bra will help to dry up your milk supply.  I tried breastfeeding but never had much milk...even when I decided to stop when my daughter was around 2-3 weeks, I never leaked or anything.

Dawn - posted on 03/13/2009

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It took about 3 days for my breasts to feel completely normal again, but my left breast continued to leak a little bit for about a week.

April - posted on 03/13/2009

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It took me about a week. My son was ill and in the hospital when he was first born and could not/would not nurse, he still got breastmilk, but I used a pump for three months. When I decided to quit, I weaned slowly off the pump. It was painful for the first day or so, but that subsided. Watch carefully for harder spots (as you probably already do), because it is easier to get infection if you are not feeding/pumping as often as your body is used to... or so the doctors told me. Good luck, and welcome back to the world of smaller bras and dry shirts!

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