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Sargesaweyes Thu 13-Oct-11 21:05:12

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onepieceofcremeegg Thu 13-Oct-11 21:07:19

Fill a bath with quite hot water. Lie on your front, boots dangling into the water. Massage gently and express a tiny bit by hand. Try your best to avoid expressing a lot or using a pump or you will just stimulate further supply as you probably know. I think paracetamol may help a tiny bit as well. Also a fairly tight fitting bra.

bumbums Thu 13-Oct-11 21:07:27

Hand express just enough to relieve the pressure. And as your no longer feeding you could take some ibuprofen.

Angel786 Thu 13-Oct-11 21:31:12

I agree with t'others. Hand express some (not lots), and hot shower / bath. Massaging them a bit helps. Have you stopped bf quite abruptly OP / tried cutting down feeds?

Sargesaweyes Thu 13-Oct-11 23:31:17

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Angel786 Thu 13-Oct-11 23:35:10

Good luck! If it becomes really painful you can try stopping more gradually (cutting out a feed or two at a time) so your supply slows and might be less painful.

neverlookback Fri 14-Oct-11 11:51:45

oh you poor thing, its me off the other thread! me and you are in the same situation at exactly the same time, apart from i havent got thrush but a cracked nipple, mine are killing too and im still part feeding, im too scared to completely stop, im reading this to get some tips for when i do, so im not much use but sending big hugs (but not too tight! ouch!) and good luck you have not done everything wrong, you have done great, this whole bf thing is a minefield!! x

Sargesaweyes Fri 14-Oct-11 12:17:54

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organiccarrotcake Fri 14-Oct-11 12:21:11

"this whole bf thing is a minefield!!" it shouldn't be - women should be able to get good information by growing up with breastfeeding - but sadly we're not there yet. However, this is what this forum is here for smile

OP you've got some good advice here. I'm sorry that you've got to the end of your tether. How are you feeling about it?

Letting your supply down slowly is a good idea. Expressing off enough for comfort as many times a day as needed is fine Don't worry about expressing too much. If you're stopping when you're comfortable that's less than a feed so your milk will slowly slow down. Don't forget you can save the expressed milk and feed it to your baby so they get the benefits of your milk for a bit longer.

You may well need antibiotics unless you feel like you've got a fever/flu like symtoms which might indicate infected mastitis (GP would need to confirm this). Taking them without infection will just put you at risk of thrush to no benefit.

Paracetamol and ibuprofen is fine to take and your milk is safe to give to your baby (you can take both these while BFing). Here some info on these drugs and breastmilk:

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/pdfs/Analgesia_and_Breastfeeding_March_2010.pdf

organiccarrotcake Fri 14-Oct-11 12:22:30

Sorry, you may well NOT need antibiotics that meant to say.

Sargesaweyes Fri 14-Oct-11 12:44:22

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Sargesaweyes Fri 14-Oct-11 12:45:13

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onepieceofcremeegg Fri 14-Oct-11 13:52:26

Hope you are soon feeling more comfortable Sarge. smile

Bertie - what an absolutely gorgeous name btw.

neverlookback Fri 14-Oct-11 13:58:26

when my boobs are full they are almost square yes they are hideous and when they are empty they are so soft and droopy and i think ill be able to sling them over my shoulders and use them as a scarf by xmas!!!

Sargesaweyes Fri 14-Oct-11 13:59:12

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Sargesaweyes Fri 14-Oct-11 14:00:40

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Sargesaweyes Sat 15-Oct-11 14:09:20

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