B.H. asks from Round Lake, IL on August 01, 2008
I have transitioned by son from breast to bottle and I am having a really hard time "drying out". When I transitioned by first son it seemed easier than this. I am trying to pump as little as possible, but eventually I end up in so much pain I have to pump a little. Any advice on how to help this situation? I actually did use the cabbage leaves my first time and that did seem to work, but like I said this time seems to be more painful.
K.G. answers from Chicago on August 06, 2008
Instead of pumping a little. Take 2 diapers, soak in water. ring them out so not dripping wet. put in microwave for 8-12 secs. then wrap each around your breasts. It is warm enough that it will feel good and let a little milk express, kind of like the shower method with out all the hassel. you can reuse the same diapers the next time it starts to hurt.
J.F. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2008
Ok this sounds like an old wives tale but I promise you it works. My best friend had TONS of milk and found out she was severely diabetic and needed medication immediatly and had to ween her son that day. She was so engorged she could not even put on a shirt. She heard this from a Regis and Kathy Lee show. Kathy Lee used this to dry up in time for some special function. She used cabbage leaves directly on the breast. You just put it in your bra and wear it. Not for too long or of course it will smell. Like I said sounds funny but really does work!
S.M. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2008
K.R. answers from Chicago on August 02, 2008
Pumping just enough to relieve discomfort but not trying to "drain" the breast will result in eventual drying up, it just takes a little longer. Just wait until you're feeling uncomfortable, then pump only til you feel better. Gradually there will be longer and longer times between pumpings. This gradual weaning is much easier on your body and you have the added advantage of being able to put your precious breast milk in the bottles for your little guy a while longer, which can only be beneficial to him!
K. RN, IBCLC
K.R. answers from Chicago on August 01, 2008
I can't really offer any miracles on how to dry up faster other than to stop pumping. Have you tried cold compresses and advil or some other pain reliever for the discomfort? Those both seemed to help me. Also a VERY supportive sports bra will help too. Good Luck and sorry I couldn't be of any more help.