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milk drying up?

So I stopped breastfeeding yesterday, and my breasts are so sore right now and full of milk.
How long will it take for the milk to dry up?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Dec. 5, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • it has to be a gradual thing, or your boobs will continue to be very painful

    Answer by sandypops at 12:21 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • i would say about a week. you can gently hand express to keep your nipples from swelling so much but dont pump because it will keep you making milk.

    Answer by cassie_m at 12:22 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • If yous topped cold turkey, you're going to be sore. You can try expressing some when you feel too full, but like cassie m said, don't express too much - just enough to be comfortable. As for how long it will take for your milk to dry up - - that depends. It's different for every woman. Some say that it took them only a week or so, others still have milk a year later.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 1:20 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • i JUST stopped breastfeeding after 8m. Mine took 9 days to go down. first 48 hour were hard... the rest of the week was not painful

    Answer by charisma10 at 1:49 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • Why'd you stop breastfeeding? Just curious because if you just slowed it down and fed less rather then cold turkey it wouldn't hurt as much. Good luck

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 1:53 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • From everything I've read, cold turkey can lead to problems. You might get mastitis so keep an eye on things.
    It would have been far better to cut out one feeding at a time gradually and allow milk production to decrease a little at a time.

    Answer by amileegirl at 3:01 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

  • By the way, if you stopped due to lack of support or latch problems or pain -- you might consider joining a breastfeeding group of help. Just so you know many women who stopped early have regretted it once they had the information they needed.

    Answer by amileegirl at 3:02 PM on Dec. 5, 2009

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