weeening pain!!!

Kathleen - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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any body have tips on how to help with the pain? i haven't nursed in four days and my breasts are rock solid and hurt terribly! help please!

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Kat - posted on 05/22/2009

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Cold turkey! If it's been four days already, you should start feeling better soon. some good things to try:

~Cabbage leaves, straight off the head. put one in each side of your bra.
~Sage is amazingly effective! i've heard of drinking "sage tea" but i just added extra to my cooking this last time, and i tried up faster than ever.
~Shower. While too much warm water will stimulate production, a few minutes of relief won't hurt.
~Tylenol, Motrin, Aspirin.... whatever OTC pain killer you prefer.

Usually, the pain will go away within a few days, but you may not stop leaking for a long time after the pain of engorgement subsides. So don't throw away those nursing pads just yet. If your breasts are hot to the touch or become red at all, call the doctor right away, as it could be a sign of an infection.

Good luck and God bless!

Rebecca - posted on 05/22/2009

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Did you wean gradually? If it gets too bad, you could try to pump just a little to relieve the pain/pressure. Putting ice packs on help a lot too - make sure to not have any nipple stimulation and keep the 'girls' nice and cool, that will help the milk to dry up - heat tends to make them keep producing milk.

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Did you go cold turkey or wean out one meal at a time? If they are in pain, take Tylenol and pump or express a little to relieve it. If your baby is no nursing AT ALL, take Ibruprofen. It'll help with swelling too.But only express the minimum for relief. It may hurt to put the pressure on at first, but once some comes out you'll feel so much better. I would hurt so bad I would get neck pain and headaches.

Eileen - posted on 05/22/2009

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My midwife helped me with this too. Go to Whole Foods and get Sage tea. Drink it like 3 to 4 times a day. It worked great for me. Dried me up in 2 days.

Good luck

Marie - posted on 05/22/2009

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I have heard that wet cold cabbage leaves help to dry up supply. This was recommended to me by my Lactacion consultant, but was never able to try because allergic to sulfa...so if your allergic too, you may not want to try. Best advice would be ask a local lactacion (spelling looks wrong..) consultant for other tips or recommendations if does not work!! Good luck!!

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