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Formula feeding straightaway

(74 Posts)
Tea1Sugar Sun 27-Oct-13 06:27:34

This isn't my decision I'm just wondering. If you for eff straightaway what happens to your milk when it comes in? Do you still have to pump to stop them getting engorged?

vichill Sun 27-Oct-13 06:33:02

I ebf but i would think you must completely ignore the boobs when milk comes in. expressing will only encourage them to produce more.

SlaveToRuthMiskinPhonics Sun 27-Oct-13 06:34:41

I don't know what happens if you choose to ff, but I know that in some circumstances, like a stillborn baby, the mother can be given a medicine to stop milk production.

GinGinGin Sun 27-Oct-13 06:35:03

Agree, pumping will only encourage milk flow. Use raw, cold cabbage leaves in your bra to reduce swelling/engorgement, take ibuprofen for any pain & just wait it out. Your milk should dry up in a few days/a week.

Make sure you wear a vv comfy non-wires bra too

UriGHOULer Sun 27-Oct-13 06:35:22

I know there are tablets that you can be prescribed to stop the milk But in the main they just tell you to leave them alone. binding your breasts can help.

Its not just choosing to ff, it can be because a baby is stillborn. my niece was born so. sad

UriGHOULer Sun 27-Oct-13 06:38:36

Sorry, ill finish my sentence..

Her mum, my sister wasn't given anything to help her stop making milk. She had awfully painful engorged breasts for about a week or so. Then it just stopped

GinGinGin Sun 27-Oct-13 06:42:39

Uri hmm, that's awful. So sorry for your sister

Mumof3xx Sun 27-Oct-13 06:51:29

I chose to ff
Go on shoot me
You just have to ignore them it only lasts a week or so

Frecklesandspecs Sun 27-Oct-13 07:01:13

I'm ff from the start this time. ( wrote a thread further down) its third baby and have made my decision. I think its best to not start iyswim and I heard epsom salts can help dry you up which I'm going to try.
you Will still get a bit of the pre milk probably but best to not try and express it and leave the breasts alone.

Frecklesandspecs Sun 27-Oct-13 07:04:17

mumof3 I'm stood next to you in the firing line!

emmac3616 Sun 27-Oct-13 07:32:06

me too - and actually, it's impossible to find any information on what happens if you choose to ff from the outset as it seems to have become so taboo :-(

Mumof3xx Sun 27-Oct-13 07:33:30

That's because we are all awful awful mothers did you not know that?

Babieseverywhere Sun 27-Oct-13 07:47:50

Yes, your milk will still come in and you will need to watch your breasts whilst the milk dries up.

If you get very uncomfortable you could hand express a small amount of milk off that side. Whilst removing milk can encourage more milk production it is negligible in a small amount of hand expressing and it is better that you feel comfortable.

Like all your mothers no matter how you feed, if you get a lot of pain or red, hot patches on your breasts seek medical help asap.

Cabbage leaves in your bra can help.

Binding your breasts is a bad idea and can encourage blocked ducts, stick to a snug supportive fitted bra with no underwiring.

Hope that helps.

Ps. I have no idea why this decision has been made for you and it is none of my business.

However many women are told they cannot breastfeed due to certain medications when there are often breastfeeding friendly alternatives, if this might fit your situation, there is further advice HERE.

Babieseverywhere Sun 27-Oct-13 07:48:46

Like all your new mothers

Babieseverywhere Sun 27-Oct-13 07:53:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Babieseverywhere Sun 27-Oct-13 07:55:07

Despite being an american site Kellymom is a highly respected infant feeding website and she has a page of links on stopping milk

Worth a read.

killpeppa Sun 27-Oct-13 07:57:00

I had a traumatic labour and was given a high dose of morphing to knock me out after wards do I my husband FF out DS1 straight away, DS2 we just did then same as I had such a low milk supply.

Frecklesandspecs Sun 27-Oct-13 08:04:17

gosh peppa. I won't ask questions as I'm due with no 3 in 2 days but that does sound nasty.
I tried breast with both dd1 and dd2 and mix fed for a few weeks. ..... few days
I got horrid mastitis first time. Really painful btw so do try and avoid.
This time I am just going to be brave and tell them all I'm formula feeding from the start!

I thought the op was saying that she isn't making a decision to use ff straightaway, she's just wondering what happens if you do. I've often wondered this too but haven't asked because I didn't want it to degenerate into a row.

I don't think there needs to be a firing line does there? Not yet anyway. Somebody might admit to coke in a bottle at 3 days and then we can unlock the arsenal.

I ff ds from the start, my milk came in on day 5, I just wore two very tight bras and ignored it, it went away after a few days.

Babieseverywhere Sun 27-Oct-13 08:12:31

smile Yep, that proberly is it. Hope the links help anyway smile

So sorry for your sister urisad, how awful x

I found this when i ff 3 out of my 4, shoot me with a grenade launchergrin
A warm bath helps, other than that a comfy bra as suggested and leave well alone, to dry up of their own accord.

Foxeym Sun 27-Oct-13 08:39:23

I had my DC3 2 weeks ago and have ff, my milk came in on day 3 and was quite engorged and painful for about 5 days and I just took paracetamol and then it subsided, wasn't too bad at all smile

Tea1Sugar Sun 27-Oct-13 08:55:23

Woah I never said this was my decision I was just interested!! blush

BlackholesAndRevelations Sun 27-Oct-13 09:38:58

Wow, these threads always mention firing lines etc; if you are happy with your choice, just state the bare facts, rather than spoiling for a fight.

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