what is the best way to dry up your milk after breastfeeding?

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Tanya - posted on 11/29/2008

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-Tapering off feedings (substituting one to two bottles per day over the course of a couple days, slowly increasing the number of bottles and decreasing the number of breastfeedings helps immensely). This will take a bit of time, but it is the most comfortable.



-It's okay to take ibuprofen as directed on the bottle for discomfort in your breasts (it's safe if you are continuing to nurse your baby while wheening)



-Ice packs to the breasts



-Nothing to stimulate the breasts (do not pump, do not let hot water run over your breasts for extended periods of time while showering)



-Firm, supportive bra 24/7



-Cabbage leaves...peel the leaves off and get them cold in the refridgerator or even the freezer but not frozen. Place them on your breasts and have the bra hold one leaf in place on each side. Throw them out when they are no longer cold. You may smell funny for a bit, but there is something in the cabbage that interacts with the breastmilk to help dry it up...works great!

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I agree with the moms who say to let it go gradually. I had NO problems with weaning my little ones, and I did it by dropping one feeding at a time until they were done.. I would drop the midday feeding, then wait a week or a week and a half and drop the morning, then another week and drop the night... and so on. I was never engorged, and it helped me not to be so sad about the end of breastfeeding too! Good luck!

Heather - posted on 11/30/2008

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I went on a vacation without my son and had to quit breastfeeding cold turkey. It was miserable, but my doctor suggested that I wrap an ace bandage around my chest as tight as possible and leave wrapped pretty much all day until you dry up. After about 2 days the pain and swelling was down and I felt great. Ice also helps.

Sarah - posted on 11/30/2008

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Wear a very tight bra and put cabbage leaves in there and change them often. Avoid letting warm water run over your breasts and until the pain and swelling goes down still extract just a tiny bit of milk a day and in a few days you'll be pretty much dried up!

Missy - posted on 11/29/2008

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It works on supply and demand! As long as no one is drinking or pumping, it should stop producing. Try not to do things that stimulate the milk flow...like, don't allow the warm water from the shower to run directly onto your breasts. Sometimes you might feel sympathy let down reflexes when you hear a child crying. That happens even after your milk dries up. You will be uncomfortable; but, whatever you do, don't try to relieve the pain by expressing the milk.

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Christina - posted on 12/01/2008

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I just want to say thank you for everyone who responded to my question. You input was indeed useful. Thank you.

Selina - posted on 12/01/2008

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I've just let them go and have breast pads on, and pumping down to nothing helps too. I have little to no milk left.

Kathy - posted on 11/29/2008

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when i lost my son in 1999, the doctor gave me this pill that was suppose to dry up the flow but I think that it didnt help at all....it still hurt for like 2 - 3 weeks after the fact, my breasts were so full I didn't know what to do.......

Now with my third born she nursed for the longest till the summer before she turned 3 yrs of age.....and this time around the milk didnt seem to hurt as much as the first time around......so in answer to your question i dont think that the pill worked as well as just natural......

Andrada - posted on 11/29/2008

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I highly suggest tapering off if possible. I went cold turkey when my daughter was 9 months (she would NOT take a bottle) and it was painful and uncomfortable for over a week. This way you can also keep the bedtime feeding for awhile.

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I just started feeding him bottles and would only breastfeed in the morning and at night... and would pump if it got painful but each day it was less and less... with in 2 weeks I was totally dry

Nicole - posted on 11/29/2008

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The doctor usually puts you on the contraceptive pill to dry up milk so you could ask your doctor.

Lisa - posted on 11/29/2008

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I just tapered off slowly with my second as I had to return to work. I began by substituting a bottle for one of her feedings and then two and so on. I'd eliminate one every 5 days or so, that way I didn't get that uncomfortable.

Shelly - posted on 11/29/2008

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When I gave up I just went 'cold turkey' and it was very painful but after a few days it eased and within a week I had almost dried up completely and the pain had gone . When the pain got too much I would express about 10-20ml just to ease it a bit. I also used Oscar dehn Breast Nurse thermal Gel Pads which helped . I gave up a month ago and after those first few days I have had no more pain . I hope this helps

Maria José - posted on 11/29/2008

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As you breastfeed less, you produce less milk. You'll dry up little by little. I breastfeed 2 times a day, due to work and i am already drying up. I don't even need the discs to protect my bra anymore. I have some milk but nothing like i had a month a go. My boy is 2 months old and i bottle feed him now for the most part. But i still have enough to calm him while i make a bottle if i need to without wetting my bra. There is a natural product that a pharmacy can give you that also dires up the milk, but it can cause bumps to form of milk that accumulates and that may be more bothersome.

Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2008

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Wear a tight sports bra or you can even "bind" yourself with a tight cloth to help dry up your milk. It will be painful for the first couple of days, but the pain eases up with time. Hope this helps.

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