How to stop pumping breast milk in two weeks?

Maja - posted on 12/19/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, my son is 14 months old and I have just pump my milk for 13 months now. I am going to work in two weeks and a half and I am trying to stop pumping my milk for 11 days now and have some troubles. I have pumped 6 times a day (every 4 hours) before and pumped 19 ounces in total. Now I pump 4 times a day and pump 16 ounces a day. I am afraid that in that kind of slow process I will not end in two weeks. First week I tried to pump less milk in each session and end then my milk ducts were quickly blocked. Then I start to pump less often and now I am so engorged after 6 hours that really hurts. I tried cabbage leafs, cold compressions, sage, parsley, mint but nothing works. 5 days ago I started to take 120 mg pseudephedrine a day and that helped a little. Do you have any suggestion how to proceed that I would dry up more quickly and not get mastitis?
Thanks!

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Shaun - posted on 12/25/2013

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My suggestion would be to call la leche to get more information on how to stop the breastmilk in 2 weeks. Their number is 1-877-452-5324 and their website is I'm recommending them because I don't want to give you the wrong information. Hope this helps.

Maja - posted on 12/25/2013

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Shaun,
I have also tried hand expressing, but with that technique I could not empty clogged ducts and I was still in pain.
My milk supply dropped two days ago and yesterday I developed mastitis. I am expressing now three times a day (every 8 hours app the same amount each time) and 7 oz in all day. My doc said that I must continue to express breast milk with pump to prevent clogged ducts.
This morning I have expressed milk by hand (the same amount as with pump) and now I will see how it goes. I would like to stop expressing in one week. In these time I will still be on antibiotics. I massage breasts all day.
How do you suggests to continue?

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