Moms who nursed: how did you dry your milk up?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you slowly wean you won’t need to do that.  Just cut out one feeding per week.  You can do a little bit of hand expressing for comfort as needed.  But if you go slowly it will not be a shock to your body or to your baby and the milk will dry up on it’s own.  Once you totally stop breastfeeding/pumping it can takes weeks to months for it to completely dry up, but you will not have leaking or anything, just a tiny tiny bit if you squeeze to check.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@okqueenbee:  How long have you been nursing? Do you get engorged if it gets a little past the time he usually nurses? Has he ever had a bottle? If not you need to determine which type he likes. If he’s over a year old I would just skip the bottle and go to sippy cups. It’s important to know where you’re going to make the transition easier and less confusing for him. You don’t want to start waffling.

If you’re not getting engorged then weaning will be fairly easy. Simply nurse a little less often. I personally would start with the second nursing of the day. Only because you may be uncomfortable if you skip the first feeding, though I would try and make the first feeding a short one. Don’t let him linger. I would save the nursing of the day as the last one to eliminate. If you will be using bottles and he takes a bottle well you might try a very short nusing follwed by a bottle. Either way (getting off track) once you nurse less your milk will probably dry up fairly easy. I nursed 5 babies and I never used cabbage leaves or anything at all to help. Once I stopped nursing so much my milk just stopped showing up. I also never really got engorged after the first few months of nursing. The few friends I had who didn’t breastfeed at all used sports bras for compression to help the milk dry up.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Just cut down on feedings/pumpings gradually (increase the time between over the course of a couple of weeks) and you should be fine.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@okqueenbee:  Since it is making you uncomfortable I would start on a Friday night so your most uncomfortable time would be over the weekend. You’ll know it’s working because you will be engorged less and less. 

With one baby I just had to go back to work when he was 2 1/2 months old (long story, but I had no choice). I’ve never been able to pump for shit though. So he was only bf-ing when I wasn’t at work. I wasn’t even trying to pump at work and even with him bf-ing regularly when I was home my milk still dried up. So try this, let’s say you’re going to start this coming weekend. Friday pump at work like normal. Come home, feed him a bottle, before bed let him nurse. Saturday morning try a bottle, don’t pump, don’t nurse. Middle of Saturday nurse. Later Saturday bottle, don’t pump, don’t nurse. Stretch out the not pumping/nursing as long as you can. If you absolutely have to pump only pump enough to where you can tolerate the fullness and stop.

Hopefully by Monday you’ll be able to pump only once a day at work that week. Then the next weekend reduce the nursing further. I think once you stop pumping it will help a lot as far as drying up the milk. I also hear ice packs can help. 

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