Post # 1
Due to some sad unforseen circumstances, i am giving up pumping breast milk for my son who refuses to latch to the breast. He’s a month old on friday. Wondering if anyone has gone through the drying up process that may have some advice for me? Or helpful tricks to make the process less painful.
Currently i am:
- Pumping every 3 hours just enough to relieve the overwhelming pressure, and rock hardness. 🙁
- Using cold icepacks when my boobs are sore.
- Trying the cabage leaves trick at night time.
- Keeping Hydrated.
my breasts feel so heavy and sore to the touch… I’m already devistated that It didnt work for me and my son to breastfeed so this feels like an extra kick in the face having so much discomfort. I’ve heard it can take weeks to dry up your milk, which seems daunting and sad to think i would have to suffer through weeks of this.
Post # 3
@MrsHoneyC: I weaned from pumping slowly. I was down to only 4 pumps a day though, and when AF returned my supply took a big hit. I ended up dropping to 3 pumps, then 2, then 1 pump per day (took a few weeks).
Once I was down to one pump every other day, I shortened the time I pumped by about half, then after a few days I quit entirely and only manually epxressed in the shower once or twice for comfort.
I’m not sure what your exact situation is, but if you have the luxury of time you can basically tell your body you don’t need as much and it will in turn make less.
Post # 4
Drying up was the worst. I went the cold turkey route, as recommended by my OB. I would pump a TINY bit… maybe a quarter of an ounce once day to relieve pressure when it was horrible. I took 4 motrin every few hours and also did the cabbage leave trick. I was painfully sore for 2 or 3 days, then they were just annoying and heavy for a few more days, and after a week they felt back to normal. I don’t think they were truly dry for a few weeks, though I didnt’ notice. Sorry, I know it sucks 🙁
Post # 5
My OB said to pretty much go the cold turkey route but to pump when absolutely needed – but only enough to cover the bottom of the bottle. It only took a couple weeks before I felt normal again. Those couple weeks sucked but I lived :). Good luck!
Post # 6
Thank you ladies! It’s so uncomfortable!! (Ouch) hopefully it passes quickly! I appreciate you guys taking the time to respond!