Post # 1
Hello ladies –
I feel like I haven’t been on weddinbee in forever!
Anyways, I had my baby exactly one month ago – little Maxten is doing well, but I’ve had issues with feeding him from the start.
Basically, I breastfed him for about 2.5 weeks or so, and decided after much frustrationa and sadness that I could not continue. I then exclusively pumped up until yesterday.
I’m in the process of trying to dry up my breastmilk. I currently have cabbage on my breasts, and am drinking sage tea and eating mint. Boy, my boobs hurt, and I feel like I can’t hold LO 🙁
For anyone that breastfeed for just a few weeks (3-6 or so), can you share your drying up methods, and more importnatly…how long did it take to get over this!?
Post # 3
I haven’t stopped bf-ing yet, but I’ve heard that taking an antihistamine like Benadryl will help, also wear a tight sports bra. I got sick a couple of weeks ago and took something that was on the list as being safe for bf-ing and it totally tanked my supply so I’m thinking Benadryl should do the trick for you.
Post # 4
I stopped after 3 weeks and I just gradually slowed it down over a few days. I’d pump one time less a day and pump for less time. So if I was pumping 30 minutes 5 times a day, I’d go 25 minutes 4 times, etc. Since it’s based on supply and demand then limiting my demand limited my supply. I did this over a course of like 4 days. I had one uncomfortable day and then it was basically all gone. It was uncomfortable, so I’d take tylenol and put a warm compress on my boobs in the shower. I think they say that’s a no no but at least it helped it feel better!
Post # 5
I haven’t stopped yet but I did the weaning thing. So now I’m down to feeding 2 once late afternoon and early morning. I only pump when I get in pain. If you can’t take it then pump just to take the edge off. My girlfriend did that and it took her a little over a week to completely dry up. Good luck!
Post # 6
Thanks ladies. I hope this passes over soon!