Any Tips On..........

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Registered: 08-05-2003
Any Tips On..........
Sun, 03-21-2004 - 3:11pm
Breast feeding has been kind of difficult this time around for me, I am actually pumping now every 3to4hours, during the day baby eats breast milk at night its formula... I feel like a slave to the pump if I miss pumping by an hour or so I'm leaking like crazy, my breast hurt bad and I can't sleep on my belly yet(wich sucks) so my question is.. how do I stop milk production? I had my son almost 6years ago and to be honest I don't really remember what I did to stop the milk from comming in, I know it was some old wives tale.. what do you BTDT mom's suggest or what did you try? I am very miserable and feel bad as it is that I can't do this anymore, I lasted longer this time then I did with my 1st son....TIA

G & Baby Bambino

3/9/04 c/s

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Registered: 01-01-2004
Mon, 03-22-2004 - 7:11am

I'm sorry that breastfeeding isn't working for you. Is your baby not latching on?

A couple of suggestions if you want your milk suppy to stop. First of all stop pumping. Pumping stimulates the breasts and produces more milk. Another thing that I did was to take some Benadryl or Tylenol PM. They both dry you up and it also helps dry up your milk supply. Hope that helps.


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Registered: 04-15-2003
Mon, 03-22-2004 - 8:26am
I had a really hard time breastfeeding my son six years ago I didn't even attempt it this time with my little girl. To stop from producing milk the nurses told me to constantly wear a supportive bra. If the engorgement gets really bad to wrap up in an ace bandage. Take tylenol or advil for the pain and use ice compresses if necessary. Also try- although it is difficult- to not allow warm or hot water to run over them while taking a shower.

I had my section on 3-13 and by the 15 or 16 I was terribly engorged. I followed the nurses directions and it only lasted about two days. I am still wearing my bra all the time and keeping away from the hot water because it seems I still havent dried up completely, but I am no longer in pain.

I hope that helps. I also heard, but did not try, cabbage leaves. Supposedly cold cabbage leaves in your bra should relieve things and help dry your milk.

Good Luck!


Liam c/s 10-30-97

Rachel c/s 3-13-04

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-22-2004 - 5:41pm
I just wore a tight fitting sports bra with a couple of pads in it to soak up whatever leaked out. It took a couple weeks but if eventually dried up ;-) Good luck ;-) Melisa