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I've stopped breastfeeding - How do i tell 'the twins' to stop making with the milk?

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Goatgirl Tue 05-Aug-08 20:46:23

Its been 10 days since I stopped, but I am still filling up and its getting uncomfortable. Its getting quite painful. Kept me up last night.

How long will it last?

Will anything help?

I know i shouldn't express - that will only make them make more.

What can I do?

elmoandella Tue 05-Aug-08 20:56:11

cabbage. sounds mad but it works. also those cooling pads the mothercare and boots do are great. make sure you ahve a really supportive bra.

it'll be at least 2 weeks befoer you feel them stop growing. then a few more before they get smaller.

and it'll be months before they stop altogether.

whomovedmychocolate Tue 05-Aug-08 21:05:06

Sage tea can help but tastes horrid. There are drugs that you can be prescribed which will dry the milk up but they are horrid too.

May be worth taking ibuprofen if it's really sore, it's an anti-inflammatory so will help reduce the swollen breast tissue (not a lot but enough to stop you being so sore).

callmeovercautious Tue 05-Aug-08 21:07:20

How long did you feed for?

Goatgirl Wed 06-Aug-08 19:23:20

I fed exclusively for 8 months.
Unfortunately I'm allergic to Ibuprofen but I'll try the tea and cabbage!
Thanks for the advice!

elmoandella Wed 06-Aug-08 20:56:20

good luck.

have they stopped getting bigger yet? they should be starting to hit their max by about now?

Goatgirl Wed 06-Aug-08 22:41:04

They seem to be no worse the past couple days so hopefully this is as bad as it gets!
Tried the cabbage tonight - it seemed to work.
It's worth the cabbagey whiff for the relief!

whomovedmychocolate Thu 07-Aug-08 19:15:13

Hmm are you sure you want to quit? If your brain isn't ready, your body probably won't cooperate.

Cold compresses in the evenings should help the engorgement.

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