Will it ever end???

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Registered: 04-24-2010
Will it ever end???
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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 3:17pm

Hi all,

Well I made it to a year, and I've started trying to HUTH. I was previously at 2 pumps a day, getting about 18 oz. total

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 03-04-2011 - 3:39pm
Have you tried cold cabbage leaves? I am not ready to wean yet so I can't speak from experience, but it's one of the things I have seen people recommend to help with the process.

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Registered: 08-05-2010
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 12:57am

Cabbage works well and can help prevent infection. To use cabbage to reduce milk supply cold leaves work better and you need to leave them in pretty much all the time. You can also use hot cabbage leaves with hot wet compresses to help melt clogs. Taking lecithin can help prevent clogs as well.

If you aren't pregnant, peppermint, sage and parsley are old fashioned herbs to reduce your milk supply. There is a No More Milk tea available at some specialty baby shoppes and health food stores which contains these herbs. You have to drink quite a lot of it for an effect which is why it is not recommended if you are expecting.

Since you are still producing a strong amount of milk and are prone to clogs, you should be careful about dropping pumps out entirely. You may find it better to cut the time of your remaining two pumps to reduce your supply by a few ounces a day.

If you do feel a clog or engorgement after you officially HUTH, try any alternative to relieve it before you resort to pumping. Any stimulation after you quit can confuse your breasts and cause a spontaneous let-down so warn your partner that your breasts are on vacation for at least a

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Registered: 04-24-2010
Mon, 03-21-2011 - 10:58am
Thanks so much! I did end up reducing time on the two pumps until I was able to get down to one a day (for 5 min now, phew!).

When you say "try any alternative to relieve it before you resort to pumping," what do you mean exactly? The past few times I've had a clog coming on, I've tried hand expressing it out, because that removes far less milk than pumping. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But I'm not clear on how to get rid of a clog without actually taking milk out.
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Registered: 08-05-2010
Wed, 03-23-2011 - 7:15pm

I have had good luck melting clogs with hot compresses. I would take a wet facecloth, wrap it around a hot pack and microwave it for a few seconds. Then I would let it sit on the sore area for an hour or two and do this once a day until the pain eased up.

If it is a minor clog, it should clear up on its own within a few days. If it keeps getting worse each day or if you notice any symptoms of infection (fever, chills, severe pain, body aches) you should see your MD. If pumping is the only way to ease the pain, then you gotta do what you gotta do. It can slow down the weaning process though which is why I avoided any extra pumping once I decided I was done.

When you are weaning, you don't need to express milk to get the clog out, as a small clog can actually help hasten the weaning process. The main concern is to prevent or treat infection which is really important if you are prone to severe clogs, have a weak immune system or are prone to mastitis.

It's been a few months now since I weaned and I still get a clog-like sensation from time to time. It can take quite a while for your hormones to balance out.