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Drying up breast milk?

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#1 Skipper

Posted 17 October 2003 - 02:02 PM

Hi all,
My baby girl has rejected the breast after 6 weeks of combined bottle and breast feeding. She screams and pushes me away quite violently for a 12 week old when I try and feed her with the breast sad.gif. I am not surprised really, and I am glad that I have been able to feed her for this long.
I don't want to express into bottles, I just can't be bothered with all that. My milk isn't all that anyway, otherwise I wouldn't have to bottle feed.
So I need some tips in how to dry up my milk, without drugs, and without giving me mastitis!
HELP!! :confuse:

#2 TheClampetts

Posted 17 October 2003 - 03:03 PM

Mine was about 8 mths ago so I may have forgotten a bit but I gave up due to constant cracked nipples and mastitis I perservered (sp) for 3 months my Baby CLinic nurse told me to not touch (hard to do with a 3 month old) them I was given tablets by my GP but they made me nauseous (sp) so basically no touching I remember using ice packs and by the end of day one I was dying to express as they were rock hard but hot showers helped the first 3 days are the hardest if you go cold turkey maybe you could just express to wind down the milk supply might be better than cold turkey I have heard of cabbage leaves but I am not sure on that??

Sorry probably havent been much help..

~~Ellie 29
~~~Brian 32
~~~~Cooper 13/11/02

#3 Guest_Millipede_*

Posted 17 October 2003 - 03:24 PM


I decided to wean when my baby was 10 weeks old. I decided to go gradual by replacing one BF with a bottle and wait a week while my boobs adjusted to that then drop the next BF and so on (this also gave me a chance to go back to BFing if I changed my mind). In the event I found that after only a few days of dropping a feed I was already comfortable enough to drop the next feed so I had actually fully weaned to formula in about 10 days. Geez it was good to not have to breastfeed anymore  original.gif


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#4 SamnangMeh

Posted 17 October 2003 - 03:34 PM

There is a tablet your doctor can prescribe for you - you only need to take one and it will dry up all the milk completely. Sorry I forget what it is called, but it is a tiny little white tablet and it is just one in the pack.

#5 SamnangMeh

Posted 17 October 2003 - 03:35 PM

oops, sorry i didn't read the without drugs bit!

#6 pemielph

Posted 18 October 2003 - 02:29 PM

Would contraceptive pills be considered a drug ?

Well, if you plan on going on contraception and pills (not mini-pills but the full-on contraceptive pills) are the way you chose to go, then start on it and it will dry up your milk supply in a few days. This is a fact

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#7 twogirlsandaboy

Posted 18 October 2003 - 02:48 PM

Hi Skipper. I had that problem with my DS after about 6 weeks. There was something about the right side that he didn't like. Sometimes he would start screaming when I held him for a feed on the right side. I found that dropping one feed for a bottle once a week worked really well for me.
HTH original.gif

DH Michael
DD Annaliese Kristen 31/07/99
DS Luke Mitchell 23/09/01

#8 Doofybear

Posted 18 October 2003 - 02:50 PM

Apparently they are not supposed to tell you this, but a girl in my chemist told me to drink or take heaps of caffeine. She said just to drink alot of coke and it would dry up pretty quickly.

i ended up just not touching them. I think by the end of the first day i just got in the shower and expressed to a comfortable size, and after that they seemed to dry up within a day or so.

Married to DH 06/10/01
DD Born 19/09/02

#9 JoaquinsMom

Posted 07 November 2003 - 07:56 PM

I dried up my milk within a few weeks, by eliminating one feeding every few days. The most difficult part was eliminating the one feeding for each day. I'd go for days without feeding but I'd still be producing and leaking milk like crazy. When I went on the pill, my milk miraculously disappeared.

Joaquin Antonio's Proud Mommy
Monica, 24
Joaquin, born 7/13/03

#10 Bel

Posted 07 November 2003 - 08:40 PM

Hi Skipper

My Joshua was not getting enough milk from me (in my opinion) so I did the following:
1. Dropped feeds daily, substituting with bottles
2. If my boobies got too 'full' (which was rare for me) I would express in the shower.

By about the fourth or fifth day after stopping, almost all my milk had gone...

Good Luck, and I hope it goes well for you!


DH: Matt
DS: Joshua 29.09.02

#11 sharon8h

Posted 11 November 2003 - 08:29 AM

I didn't have enough milk for Corinne and put her on the bottle at 4 days old.  I still tried to bf as "it's sooooo important" - BAH HUMBUG!!  My little girl is doing much better on the bottle.  If it was purely up to my breast milk, she would have withered away . . . (well she was - lost over 10% birth weight)

When my milk came in (on day 6 I think), my boobs were rock hard, so I tried feeding her and they went down, and never filled up again.  I could still squeeze out a bit, tried expressing both sides and got a combined amount of 40mLs - hardly enough.

I asked the ECHN how to dry it up as it was pointless to keep trying and she said that if I wasn't in any pain just leave it.  

It dried up by itself.  Love not having to wear those breast pads that would fall out the side of my bra when walking around.  (not a good look in public!)  tee hee!

ps - why is it that noone can tell you how you'll know when your milk comes in?  In the hospital the midwives would ask me if my milk has come in and I'd say "i don't know - how will i know?"  They'd reply "you'll just know"


#12 Rock of Empathy

Posted 11 November 2003 - 09:21 AM

yes yes yes Sharon - same with me. Nurses would keep coming in and poking me in the boob and asking if my milk had come in yet. I had no idea. I didn't feel a "proper" let down until DS was about 6 weeks old.
Sorry, that has nothing to do with the topic but I just got a bit excited knowing that someone else had the same experience as me.

Since I'm here I'll add my 2 cents. I would hand express for comfort if you get too full or else I think you would risk mastitis. It is amazing how quickly your boobs will adjust. Good luck.

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Tom 28
Matthew - 28/08/03

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