How to stop breastfeeding without pain?

Michelle - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I want to stop breastfeeding. How do I stop my milk production without pain?

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Michelle - posted on 03/13/2010

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My daughter is 6 months and 3 weeks old. I have been trying to breastfeed less and less and I am mixing the breast milk in with formula to get her used to the formula. Eventually I want to feed her only formula, and I am trying to make a gradual transition for both her sake and the sake of my breasts. However, this does not seem to be working. My breasts still hurt. I am trying not to pump to often, because I want to slow down the production of milk. How can I stop breastfeeding without pain??

Danielle - posted on 03/13/2010

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This sounds so crazy I know but it does really work. Place raw cabbage leaf's in your bra. This is something women in my family have been doing for years my great great grandmother even did it to stop breastfeeding without pain. All of my friends have tried it and it works. Normally takes just a few days and you will need to replace them a few times day plus a bra pad.

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I had just quit breastfeeding almost 3 weeks ago. My son turned one on the 11th of Feb. He was nursing almost 5-6 times a day. I quit cold turkey. Talked to the dr about ways to stop breastfeeding without pain and she told me to not put warm on the breast because it will help for a little while and then get worse. I also use some cabbage leaves and they worked.. Also if your around home I also used the cold compresses. Also said not to pump any because that will stimulate your production, and when in shower dont let the water hit them directly. It took about a week and half to finally feel semi normal. But I miss it :( Hope that helps.. Good Luck

Sativa - posted on 03/13/2010

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I can tell you that garlic will help dry up your supply as well. I've never heard of cabbage leaves but I wont say that they don't work; you never know. Maybe try a little of everybody's advice and see what works best for your body. As we all know, every woman's body is unique. I hope you succeed in stopping breastfeeding without pain.

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the advice i got to stop breastfeeding without pain was to stop completly and just pump off a tiny bit when they started to feel painful, than your body realises u dont need the milk so stops producing it, it took a few days but all my milk dried up within a couple of weeks xx

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Phebe - posted on 03/13/2010

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i agree with kelly thats wat i did and never had any pain just do it really really slowly and eventually your boobs will just dry up. Good luck

Jess - posted on 03/13/2010

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Is there a reason why you want to stop breatfeeding? Because I would recommend to just to continue breastfeeding, and as your baby starts to eat more solid foods she will be breastfeeding less, and then your body should adjust to her needs and you shouldn't feel any pain as your milk supply decreases slowly.

Kelly - posted on 03/13/2010

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Well lets see I just slowly decreased my breast feeding... went from 6 times a day to 4 to 2 to 1 to every other day or now and then, I never had any pain maybe mild pressure now and then but not bad. Although I haven't been nursing for 3 months I still have milk they tell me that can last for over a year (no pain though) If you would rather quite cold turkey you can but it's gonna be painful to relieve some of the pain stand in a warm shower and just let them hang lol it will help to relieve pressure.

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