how to help swollen and engorged breasts when stopping breastfeeding
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Dakota - posted on 05/15/2010
HI kristy, I worked at a lactation center for new moms and what you should do is ... eat mint ( mint tea-ect) and wear a tight bra, and cold packs, it will take a few days or a few weeks to stop the engorged breast part as long as you do not stimulate your breast by feeding or pumping. if you feel like the pain is too much you may have a blocked duct and for that you shold see your Dr, to avoid infection. but for deep pain you can try hot packs and light massage. it will pass. really . good luck
if you have any questions call my old job at new born connections and talk to a lactation person. 415-600-2229 in san francisco.
Orla - posted on 05/15/2010
hiya, i had the same problem but realised id stopped too quickly, you should really reduce the amount of feeds you give your baby and let them tapper off. i stopped 2 weeks ago and now he's just on 1 feed off me a day which is the 5am one its handier than going downstairs to get a bottle! he's 4months old and thriving even more now and so much happier. i always thought that when you stopped that was it but its not and this is my 3rd breast fed baby so you'd think id know! hope your feeling better now! Orla x.
It's really far better to stop breastfeeding very gradually, to prevent swollen and engorged breasts.
The pain you are experience is due to the build up of milk in your breasts, now that your baby is no longer sucking. You need to relieve this, either by hand expressing or letting warm warm water from your shower trickle on to your breasts.
Don't worry, this small amount of stimulation is not enough to stimulate your supply.
Cabbage leaves don't actually dry up your milk, but they certainly help with the pain of engorgement.
Angie - posted on 05/13/2010
Wear a sports bra 24hrs a day and take some ibuprofen to help with any pain you may have. I have 2 children and I did this with both of them, after about 5 days I took off the sports bra and was almost as good as new
Caroline - posted on 05/16/2010
Same here Traci,I breastfed for 4 months on my first and 2 years on my second.....really the best thing I found was releasing some milk to relieve the pressure.....my first son eased off gently so he did the work for me but with my daughter she stopped suddenly and I just expressed whenever they got engorged,that was a month ago and I'm completely dried up now with very little pain or discomfort......it seems more natural than putting tight pressure on your breasts but if it works it's all good...... :o)
Caroline - posted on 05/15/2010
What's the hurry?Do you need to instantly dry up because you've stopped feeding? the safest thing I would do is express everytime they get engorged,and slowly they will dry up......I'd avoid anything tight so as not to get a blocked milk duct which can cause mastitis....a horrible infection that can leave you feeling quite ill!!Don't worry about it,expressing will relieve the pain and they will dry up!!
Abbie - posted on 05/13/2010
you can express some milk by hand to release just a little to help give you some relief. Also I was told to wear 2 sports to help to not give them room to expand. the cabbage leaves helped too. I was also told to take ibprofin helped with the pain.
Kayla - posted on 05/13/2010
My doctor had me wear a really tight sports bra, or even wrap an ace bandage around tightly. Avoid any stimulation. My doctor told me to be careful when showering so as not to have the stream of water stimulate your breasts, it will take longer to dry up if you do that. That and some ibuprofen. That's pretty much all the advise my doctor was able to give me and it wasn't all that painful. I wore a sportsbra I had prior to being pregnant and kept it on 24/7, and I hardly had any pain.
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