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any tips on stopping breastfeeding?

I am in so much pain.

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yummlicious

Asked by yummlicious at 5:31 PM on Nov. 17, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • pain does go away, make sure baby is latched on correctly, if your gonna stop you'll probly be gorged (full) put red cabbage leaves in bra helps and asprin
    raisingmen

    Answer by raisingmen at 5:33 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • if the baby only latches to the small part of the nipple, then it is going to be very painful. i always had this problem when i breastfed and always gave up for this exact reason, because id be in so much pain that even pumping the milk out would hurt. the baby's mouth must be widely opened and covering the whole nipple. finding a good position may help him/her latch properly if this is the problem. if you haven't already, check out the breastfeeding group on here for some great advice. for now, dap some lanosin or breast cream on the nipples and use breastpads in your bra. a warm shower will feel awesome but if your trying to quit it won't help you as warm water promotes your supply. good luck!
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 5:39 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Get an ace bandage and wrap it tightly around your breasts. Use cool compresses or cold cabbage leaves. Ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Good luck hon! :)
    mommymeof3

    Answer by mommymeof3 at 5:39 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Gradual weaning is easiest on your body (and baby), but if you have already stopped, then there are a few things you can try. Cold cabbage leaves in your bra- you break the veins, wear in your bra until they wilt, and replace as needed. Smelly, but effective. There is a tea called No More Milk. Motrin for pain. Wear a supportive, well fitting bra. DO NOT bind your breasts. This can cause clogged ducts and possible mastitis (breast infection). You can also pump, but ONLY pump just enough to relieve the discomfort, as pumping will signal production. Hormonal birth control is often effective at stopping production. I don't know your circumstances, but if it's possible to nurse, and cut down gradually, that would be helpful. If not, try some of the things that I suggested.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:28 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

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