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How long to dry up?

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Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 09:12:08

I have been BF for my DD for 15 months and she is now self-weaning. She will only feed on one side first thing in the morning for 30-60 seconds so I've decided I'm going to stop offering (she never asks/indicates she wants BF and never has). Question is, how long will it take for my body to stop making milk?


cmotdibbler Tue 15-Jul-08 09:54:25

I stopped feeding DS 10 weeks ago (he was 23.5 months)and I've still got milk there. Hasn't been at all uncomfortable though, and if she's been feeding that little, I don't expect you'll have any trouble either

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 09:55:41

I know I won't have any trouble, I'm hardly likely to become engorged or anything, just that my DH wants my boobs back and he can't until they've stopped producing milk IYSWIM

cmotdibbler Tue 15-Jul-08 10:39:42

I know exactly what you mean grin Dh still gets the Kinder Suprise (you know, a treat and a snack...)

DKMA Tue 15-Jul-08 10:45:01

I stopped bf'ing 9 months ago - and still have milk?
I don't know if this is normal though?

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 10:47:29

Oh dear, he will be pleased - not It was a novelty at first but it puts him off now.

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 12:30:54

Is there any way of hastening things along a bit?

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 14:19:51


une Tue 15-Jul-08 14:47:32

I know stress and illness can make you dry up. Not something you would want though?

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 14:50:22

no, thats probably a step too far

elmoandella Tue 15-Jul-08 14:55:41

as far i'm aware you just gotta wait. but it was only a matter of a couple of months for myself both times.

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 14:56:50

only a couple of months????!!!!! DH will be pleased shock

elmoandella Tue 15-Jul-08 14:59:04

if you do become a little engorged, don't express any. this will only encourage it to keep producing.

une Tue 15-Jul-08 15:04:05

Maybe getting into a really tough work-out routine? Working out would be putting stress on your body, even though it's positive stress..

elmoandella Tue 15-Jul-08 15:06:07

with both mine i was at gym a minimum of 3 days a week, perhaps workout has something to do with it? but you gotta srap them up nice and tight.

Mikafan Tue 15-Jul-08 15:07:42

I can't see them being engorged, not on one feed a day. I have started running 3 times a week so maybe that will help. Also I can now take antihistamines again for my hay fever which I've heard can dry you up.

elmoandella Tue 15-Jul-08 15:10:30

good luck, ur dh will be happy again shortly
! grin

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