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Can you take a tablet to dry up your milk?

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Oopsie Sun 05-Jun-11 20:53:56

I really don't want to breastfeed. Sorry if this offends anyone but it's just not my thing.

Isn't there a tablet you can take straight after the birth to dry up your milk so it never comes in? I'm sure I remember reading that Jordan took something like that.

crikeybadger Sun 05-Jun-11 20:58:36

From what I understand, such a thing does exist, but not all NHS trusts will offer them.

You would probably need to discuss this with your midwife.

elphabadefiesgravity Sun 05-Jun-11 21:10:27

It exists but is not available except in extreme circumstances (death of a baby etc) as I think there can be dangerous side effects.

Notanexcitingname Sun 05-Jun-11 21:11:47

AFAIK not any NHS trust will offer it. There is a small but measurable risk of unpleasant side effects. I wouldn't be suprised if it is obtainable privately.

Cabbage leaves (in the bra) and sage (eaten or drunk as tea) inhibit lactation

sprinkles77 Sun 05-Jun-11 21:32:58

I didn't want to breast feed. My midwife said in that case not to express any milk and not to touch the breasts at all: I could stand in shower but not wash them, let them air dry not towel them. If they were sore take some painkillers. Milk came in day 4 and dried up by about day 10. Hardly any pain at all. Those few days my boobs were a minor inconvenience, but not worth taking anything for. I was on ibuprofen following csection anyway.

Oopsie Sun 05-Jun-11 21:59:46

Thanks everyone. Will talk to midwife.

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