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How do I dry up my breast milk?

Been breast feeding for 14 months. The last time I nursed was yesterday morning. I am swollen and sore. I've tried cabbage but it's not helping. What do I do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:44 PM on Oct. 3, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • hand express just a little bit to keep you from being engorged. Continue to hand express only as needed until it dries up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:16 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Drop one feeding per week until weaned. If that is not possible, pump and drop one pumping session per week until dry. Pump to comfort. You can save the milk for anything you'd like.

    Supply killers include estrogen containing birth control and peppermint

    Answer by MoonFox4 at 5:27 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Did you quit all at once after yesterday morning, or had you been cutting back slowly? Quitting all at once can leave you miserable.

    Answer by Ballad at 5:44 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Quitting all at once. It's time.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 5:52 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Oh I really feel for you! It can be so painful and uncomfortable, I did it gradually, by cutting out day time feeds then slowly reducing the night feeds. Good luck!

    Answer by kylie_bob at 5:52 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Simply stop nursing. I suggest tapering off instead of cold turkey, to reduce and then stop the milk flow.
    Cabbage does not work as you have found out.

    Answer by Dardenella at 6:50 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • I did it very gradually. I started only feeding him at night, so it was only once a day, then I only fed every other day until finally nothing. I miss my big breasts haha

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 6:54 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • I've heard that Sudafed works, but I cut back slowly until they were done.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 7:20 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

  • Quitting all at once is an engraved invitation to pain, I'm afraid. And it's hard on the child as well; don't be surprised to have baby lifting your shirt.

    But if you're going to stick with that, estrogen birth control will have you dry by MONDAY. Yaz is a known supply killer.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:27 PM on Oct. 3, 2013

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