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#1 sarah-m

Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:47 PM

*** Apologies I have done a topic search, but have come up with nothing!

DS2 is only 4 days old and I've made the decision to stop breastfeeding as I am heading down the same painful, depressing journey I took with DS1 - so I'm stopping early rather than causing my family and myself weeks of distress.

My milk has come in and I am suffering pretty bad engorgement. I haven't ever expressed with DS. It's been over 16hrs since his last BF so I'm hoping I can do this without expressing any off.

What can I do to dry my milk up quickly? I'm struggling sleeping and can't pick up DS1 with these boobs.

With DS1 I ended up going on the pill to dry up my milk - but I can't get into a doctor till Christmas eve so I need something sooner. I do remember that there is a drug you can take? For some reason my Doctor was hesitant to give this to me - I think it was because I am so small and it can be pretty full on?

Any advice would be awesome!

Oh and How long till my boobs are at a more manageable stage and not so engorged? Any ideas?

Thanks again!

#2 Buzzie

Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:51 PM

I found ice packs,showers while massaging breasts and the cabbage leaves gave me some relief.. But I didnt have much milk to begin with and didnt need the pill to stop it.. they were down and not sore within a few days..

#3 *my2boys*

Posted 18 December 2009 - 04:03 PM

I do remember that there is a drug you can take? For some reason my Doctor was hesitant to give this to me

I was in a similiar situation to you (wanting to stop b/f) with DS1.  I couldn't get in to see my usual Dr so I went to a 24 hour clinic.  The Dr gave me a prescription for that drug and I got the prescription filled on my way home.  As I was about to take the first one I started to read the product information leaflet.  What I read really had me worried!
I called and spoke to my usual DR, who told me under NO circumstance should I take those tablets.  She said the drug can be REALLY dangerous.

As far as I know, Doctors will no longer prescribe it.  The list of possible side effects is extremely disturbing.

Sorry I can't help with any practical ideas (can't remember) I think I had to express a little just to ease the pain and cold cabbage leaves are meant to help.
Please be wary of drugs which dry up breast milk.
Best of luck

#4 emwill

Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:24 AM

Hi Sarah, Congratulations on the birth of Fletcher!!!
As your milk has just come in engorged breast are normal, but over the next few days they will start to  return to normal.
Here is some info.

#5 rstar

Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:47 AM

Hi Sarah-m

Congratulations on the birth of your new bubba original.gif

I would recommend giving the ABA a call - 1800 686 2 686, they will be able to give you the best advice for drying up your milk.

I also didn't think the drug for drying up your milk was prescribed anymore due to side effects.

Best of luck

#6 lucky 2

Posted 19 December 2009 - 08:49 AM

The "drug" is still available and prescribed. The drug can have some serious side effects.
Since your bub is so young, have you considered contacting a lactation consultant to see if you could experience a comfortable bf experience, or how about continuing to express breast milk, perhaps with a double pump, and give that milk to your bub in a bottle if you do not wish to directly bf, this way your bub can get your milk and you avoid family distress. The best of both worlds.
This can be exclusive or partial expressing, and since your breasts are engorged it sounds as if you do produce milk, and quite a bit of it too.

#7 sarah-m

Posted 20 December 2009 - 06:45 PM

Hi Emwill! I still haven't message you yet sorry! I'll check out that link thanks original.gif

Thanks girls, I might give the ABA a call if the doctor isn't much help tomorrow. Luckytwo - I do wish it was a matter of just percervering etc... but it's such a combination of so many things... I tried for a long time with DS and this time it is also heading in the same direction, so I'm just stopping now so as to spare my family the trauma.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 20 December 2009 - 07:52 PM

Hi sarah-m, I wanted to point out there are other ways to get your milk into your baby, because it is your baby that my mind is focused on. You have given very little information (as is your right) about your previous experience so I have very little to go on.
I encouraged you to see a Lactation Consultant if you have not already done so, because at 4 days postnatal I do consider that "anything is possibly possible", also you may not have known about expressing instead of directly bf.
My interest, as always, is in trying to find mother-friendly/acceptable ways of bubs getting their own mums milk.
All the best.

#9 Mianta

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:00 PM

Cold compresses and cabbage leaves are great when managing engorgement. Make sure when you are in the shower, you don't allow the hot water to stream down onto your breasts. Though this will provide instant relief to engorgement, it will also stimulate your milk production, which is why using cold compresses is a better option.

#10 KnightsofNi

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:09 PM

I wanted to stop BF ASAP when I had decided to stop with DD (she was a little older though). But after looking through a whole heap of info and speaking to a CHN, I decided to drop a feed every 2 days. It took less than 2 weeks to stop getting full boobs and I stopped feeding fully, and I didn't have all the pain and discomfort of going cold turkey.

I just don't think my poor breasts could have coped with suddenly no more feeds.

#11 sarah-m

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:11 PM

Luckytwo - I do appreciate your help, I totally understand that you want to help  original.gif
I have done the expressing and nipple shields with my first son and although I know this time around it's still VERY early days, DH is working very LONG hours and I don't have the energy to try and deal with BF this time around with a toddler to look after. I didn't want to go into previous history as I knew people would want to offer a lot of opinions to help me continue BF - this is lovely, but my mind has been made up and I have discussed this with both of my midwifes and they are being very supportive.

#12 babblefish

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:16 PM

if you are not feeding at all cover your breasts with a concoction of massage oil with 3 drops lavender oil and 3 drops geranium until swelling goes, then cold packs on breasts.

should help!

#13 lucky 2

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:24 PM

Fair enough sarah-m, thanks for your patience and understanding in regards to my posts!  original.gif
Moving on now, how are your breasts handling the situation?
Have they settled down?
I'd consider anti-inflammatory medication for pain, hand express enough off to get some comfort whenever needed, cold packs often or chilled cabbage leaves in your bra.
Keep a close check on your breasts and see your gp if you have fever/flu-like symptoms and red painful breast(s).
The non-drug method of suppressing lactation is preferred these days as the hormone given in the past can be problematic, so is not given out like it was years ago. But it is still used.
Most women who need to suppress are encouraged and helped to suppress milk production in this way.
Remember that even if you express, you are not fully emptying your breasts so your supply will reduce, the expressing for comfort is not delaying the suppression, it is a common sense thing to do to promote your maximum comfort and prevent mastitis developing.
All the best.

Edited by luckytwo, 20 December 2009 - 08:29 PM.

#14 sarah-m

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:29 PM

Thank you Luckytwo  happy.gif  I might go express now as they are both like rocks and I have to sleep sitting up - so over it! I might even pop some nurophen  cool.gif

#15 jtmum

Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:59 PM

Wet some newborn nappies and freeze them then put them in a firmly fitted bra. Shapes just nicely:) Have some pain relief but watch for hot/red patches. If they are engorged you may need to let some of it out, even just letting the water on them in the shower, just enough so they are comfortable.  Enjoy your new bub:)

#16 emwill

Posted 21 December 2009 - 07:47 AM

Hi Sarah, feeling any better this morning? I agree with PP that wet disposable newborn nappies in the freezer work a treat for sore engorged breasts!!

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