Pain in breast after i stopped feeding recently.

Prerna Bhalla - posted on 06/27/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have recently stopped nursing my 2 years old daughter. Its tough for both her and me . Its been 24 hours since i stopped nursing but my breast are still tender,painful and hard.. Please advise.

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Denikka - posted on 06/28/2013

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You're engorged. Stopping cold turkey is generally a bad idea. What's recommended is to slow down and stop slowly. Take a couple of weeks and slowly cut out a single feeding at a time. It's less traumatic for mom AND baby that way. Usually it's the bedtime feeding that goes last.

If you're insistent on stopping cold turkey (and obviously there are some reasons why you may have to, I'm not judging :) ) there are a number of things you can do.

You can pump instead of feed and dump the milk and slowly cut down that way. Try to take only enough to relieve the pain/discomfort. Milk is produced at need, so if you're pumping as much as she would eat, you're not really accomplishing much.

Cabbage leaves are said to be very helpful. Just wrap a cold cabbage leaf around your breast and leave it for a while. It's supposed to help with engorgement. Other cold items (cold packs and such) can also work.

Warmth can also work. Taking a warm shower or using a warm facecloth can get the letdown started on it's own and that will relieve some of the pressure.

Apparently pain killers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with the pain, although I have no first hand experience with this.

Other than managing the pain and discomfort, it's just going to take time. As your body realizes the demand is no longer there, your supply will go down and eventually you'll stop lactating all together and have no more issues with engorgement. Best of luck to you and your little one :)

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