A.G. asks from Royal Oak, MI on October 12, 2008
Weaning - Amarillo, TX
I have been trying to wean my daughter from breastfeeding and was down to bf every other time, and formula in between. However, I just got out of the hospital and she went almost 2 whole days without breastfeeding. She seemed to do fine, it was my breasts that hurt. I have already packed away my pump not wanting to use it anymore. I did bf her when I got home from the hospital tonight and it relieved the pressure. I guess my question is, I need to have her completely weaned soon, what is the best way to deal with engorgement when weaning? How long does it take before my milk stops producing completely?
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much for your responses. I went back to bf once a day for a few days and it has now been 63 hours since the last time I breastfed. No fullness, no pain, no engorgement...so far anyways. I even went and bought a head of cabbage just in case but haven't needed it so far. Anyone got any cabbage recipies =) Thank you again for all of your support.
D.R. answers from Detroit on October 13, 2008
This message is actually for anybody who is going to respond...
I just wanted to say that A. is asking for advice on HOW to wean, NOT whether she should be weaning or not. Please skip the lectures on breastfeeding, and if you can't offer any advice on weaning, please just don't respond. (I DID already send a personal message to A. on how weaning worked for me.) I'm sorry if this is coming off as rude, but I just can't stand when people try to lecture others on this very PERSONAL choice. Thank you!
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M.H. answers from Detroit on October 13, 2008
Why do you have to wean her? Breastfed babies are healthier than formula fed babies! Please don't wean her if you can help it. There are SOOOO MANY benefits from breastmilk... your baby won't get constipated, no acid reflux, or gas pains...unless you eat a lot of broccoli (ha ha) No, but seriously I can't stress it enough to new moms how important it is to breastfeed. If you get sick your baby will probably not get sick if she is still breastfed. I work with infants and I can tell you there IS a difference between formula fed babies and breastfed babies.. The breastfed babies seem so much more content and have less problems and are sick much less. I have had a bug going around in my daycare and I was breastfeeding my son and was worried he would get it, but nope he did not get it!! Please think about this and go ahead research it more before you take your baby off the most precious health food in the world!!
A.T. answers from Detroit on October 13, 2008
With my first child, I tried this. Empty out the breasts by nursing just one more time. Bind with an ace bandage around your breasts. Bind around your back and across your breasts, tight enough to restrict milk from completely producing again, but not so tight that you can't breath! Try keeping them bound for about a week straight, other than while your in the shower/bath. When you get out, bind them again.
S.H. answers from Grand Rapids on October 13, 2008
I also dropped one feeding a week until it was over (but I also had all the time in the world, you sound in more of a hurry, so you would need to adjust to you and your baby's comfort levels). It was a little uncomfortable for a day or two each week, but nothing like the full on engorgement from just flat out stopping. Also, I don't know if this is true for everyone, but I would still leak small amounts of milk for two months after the final feeding. It would depend upon certain situations, like being in the shower, leaning against something, etc. Good luck!
D.Y. answers from Detroit on October 13, 2008
I'm not sure why you're weaning but it sounds from this post as though it may be something medically related. If so, there are a lot of nursing-safe medications you can take, so if you were told you can't nurse because of that your doctor might be wrong. (See here: http://kellymom.com/health/index.html) Lots of doctors err on the side of "no nursing" when it comes to medications.
That said, the best way to deal with engorgement is to take cabbage leaves and put them in your bra. Sounds weird but it works! Take some motrin to help with the pain, and apply cold compresses. Try and avoid letting your hot shower water hit your breasts while you're showering, because it'll stimulate milk production. Good luck!
C.C. answers from Grand Rapids on October 13, 2008
I've found cabbage leaves work. Stick a cold one in your bra and replace when wilted. Also cut back on your water intake for a few days and if they get real bad you can self express in the shower just to relieve some of the pressure. Good luck. I know it's painful at first but it will get better. Also you may have some milk left for several months before it completely dries up though the engorgement will only last a few days.
J.C. answers from Seattle on October 13, 2008
Don't feed your daughter any more and eventually the engorgement will go away. I used cabbage leaves and drank lots of pepperment tea. Took a few days but eventually it feels better and you are done. Hang in there!
N.G. answers from Detroit on October 13, 2008
Not sure how long you have to wean, but if you do have some time, I found it pain free and stress free for me and my son, when I dropped one feeding every day or two and gradually reduced my milk supply. Your body naturally adjusts to a lower demand and you will not have the pain or fullness. When I did it, I actually dropped one feeding a week, but I was not in a rush...I have friends that did it every day or two and it worked fine for them also. Good Luck!