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How long does it take for your tatas to dry up??

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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  I will be starting formula next week because of issues im having with my lil one and plus going back to work soon! Ive ebf for a month next Monday and was just wondering how long will it take before my milk drys up? I know it hurts like hell when its in the process of drying up!! OUCH!

by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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notjstanothrmom
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Not trying to be rude. What issues are you having with your little one? Can you pump while at work?


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Nita_friend
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I wish I knew. With my first I EBF for 4 months and then with the stress from work and life at that time I was dried up completely in a matter of 3 weeks.

With DD#2 I'm still breastfeeding and she is 12m and we are weaning now...the step down method is best so you both aren't in agony. She is down to breastfeeding twice a day and once at night. The HOPE for me is have her done in another week or two. And my guess is I will dry up in a month after that.

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mommy_mpoon
by on Jan. 4, 2010 at 12:53 AM

It really depends on your body and it's different with each child. With my 1st I actually started running low on milk around 5 months and eventually just stopped producing. However with my 2nd, I stopped breastfeeding around 9 months because it just wasn't keeping him full at all since he loved his solid foods....but he's now 14 months and I still have milk, not overflowing but it still comes out once every few days.

tyrelsmom
by on Jan. 5, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Years for them to dry up completely.  Since I had my first, I've never been completely dry except for a few months in early pregnancy.  And both times, I had 8 months between weaning and getting pregnant.  How long before you stop being uncomfortable?  That depends on the person.  But quitting cold turkey is a bad idea regardless.  You're risking mastitis doing that.  I would suggest replacing one feeding with formula at a time.  And maybe consider doing both.  I've known a few moms who have the daycare provider formula feed during the day, and they breastfeed at home, except for they use formula during the day on weekends as well.  And they don't have problems with engorgement, because their bodies are accustomed to only produce in the evening, night, and early morning.

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