Drying up your milk. Any tips?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@FloridaGatorBride:  +1

 

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!

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