May 22, 2007,
M.C. asks from San Antonio, TX on May 12, 2007
How to Dry Milk in Breast After Giving Birth
A close friend of mine recently had a baby, but will not be breast feeding. She asked me if I knew how to dry the milk so she would not leak. I have no idea. Does anyone know any home remedy to dry breast milk?
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Thank you all for your responses. I called her and let her know everyone's suggesstions. She said she would try them. Thanks
A.S. answers from San Antonio on May 13, 2007
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A.S. answers from San Antonio on May 12, 2007
wear a tight bra. it will take a few days and isn't too comfortable
J.H. answers from Amarillo on May 12, 2007
J.R. answers from San Antonio on May 13, 2007
I consulted with my OBGYN and she told me I had to bind my breasts...you get ace bandages and wrap them around your breasts pretty tight and then you have to get a sports bra that is a size smaller than you usually wear and you do this for about a week, day and night. It is very painful, so painful that I decided not to do it the second time. Just make sure your friend consults with her doctor first.
L.G. answers from San Antonio on May 13, 2007
I've heard that putting cabbage leaves on the breasts can help reduce engorgement - so much so that people using them are urged not to leave them until they wilt because they can actually interfere with milk supply.
Although it seems a bit comical to have cabbage leaves hanging out of a brassiere, I'd probably try wearing them all day for a couple of days, changing them after they wilt, and see if that works.
Until her supply dries up, she shouldn't empty her breasts - this signals them to make more milk, but she could express just enough to keep her feeling comfortable.
J.B. answers from San Antonio on May 13, 2007
Drinking peppermint tea helps. Also, wearing a crushed leaf of green cabbage in her bra will help with drying.
K. answers from El Paso on May 12, 2007
I know there's a shot the dr. can give her to dry up her milk, but I don't know the name of it (the dr. would know.) Other than that, she needs to suffer thru it unfortunately. She needs not to express the milk at all as that just makes more milk. I'd go to the dr. and get the shot.
S.H. answers from Austin on May 22, 2007
all the women i know that did not breast feed just wore a tight sports bra for two weeks straight. even in the shower. when you get out put on a dry one. or talk to the doctor about starting on birth control pills to help reduce and eventually dry up the milk.