M.L. asks from Kimberly, WI on June 06, 2009
M.A. answers from Minneapolis on June 08, 2009
I quit by cutting out 1 feeling at a time, but you're right, it can be very painful. I put ice packs on at night and it was gone in a couple of days.
J.C. answers from Madison on June 07, 2009
I know that a lot of people recommend sudafed to dry up milk. It has to be pseudoephedrine (I think thats what its called) not phenylephrine.
J.K. answers from Green Bay on June 07, 2009
My first of 5 children I stopped nursing cold turkey and became ingorged, later learning we shouldn't do it that way.
With the others I cut back on the number of feedings and did it slowly over a few weeks. If you some reason you do not want to nurse at all, I would manually express milk as if weaning, and gradually the supply will cut back as the supply and demand response kicks in.
K.T. answers from Appleton on June 09, 2009
Check with a lactation consultant. Mine told me that a tincture of sage is often used to dry up milk. I don't know how to make a tincture, but I imagine making something yummy with lots of sage in it might do the trick! Good luck!
A.M. answers from La Crosse on June 07, 2009
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on June 07, 2009
Wean off breastfeeding...you gotta train your breasts to stop producing and to slow down then you won't have so many issues with engorgement.
I stopped pumping 6mos. ago and I can still get milk out if needed, I don't leak or anything but it's still there it takes along time to be completely dried up.
C.K. answers from Minneapolis on June 07, 2009
You got great advice. I will just add that I haven't breastfed in 12 months, and I still produce milk. I'm not engorged, I don't leak, but when I go to manually express, some milk squirts out. (I check every month or so, just out of curiousity.)
I asked my Nurse Practitioner about this, and she said it is completely normal. It means that I am fertile and my body is ready to have another baby (even if I'm not--LOL). At my annual exam, we did check my thyroid and prolactin levels just to be safe--if they are off, it can cause milk production.
Anyway, I just wanted to mention this so you aren't freaked out or frustrated if you still have milk for months and months.
And I'll add GREAT JOB on breastfeeding at all! Pat yourself on the back--any breastmilk is great for your baby.
C.I. answers from Green Bay on June 07, 2009
I stopped gradually with the help of pumping. For about 2 days I pumped every 4 hrs, next 2 days every 6 hrs, next 2 days in the morning and evening and next 2 days just in the mornings. It really worked great - no pain, no discomfort.
Hope that helps.
L.G. answers from Minneapolis on June 07, 2009
You can put fresh cabbage leaves on your breasts. I also heard that it helps to eat cabbage. Sage is supposed to help dry up breast milk. Many other herbs/spices are known to have drying effects: peppermint, oregano, thyme, etc. Hope that helps.
J.R. answers from Minneapolis on June 07, 2009
The best way is to stop slowly. That way your breasts get used to not making as much because they aren't unloading as much. But, since you have stopped already, I'd just keep pressure on them or wrap your chest and take advil for a few days. It should be better soon.