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Tips for finishing breast feeding required

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Denny185 Wed 03-Sep-08 15:51:19

I'm posting for a friend who has stopped BF in the last week, she has weaned down the feeds gradually so avoided engorgement.

She is still producing some milk and is worried re mastitis/blocked ducts etc.

Is there anything she can take/do to help speed up the 'drying' up process or should she just ride it out.

I don't remember doing anything last time but wondered if anyone has any tips.


tiktok Wed 03-Sep-08 16:28:05

It's normal to feel the milk still there for some time after bf, Denny, and as long as there is nothing to see/feel like a blocked duct, redness, soreness etc, then your friend can simply wait for it all to go

There is nothing that speeds up the 'drying up' process except for medication that has unwanted side effects in some people.

Old remedies include taking epsom salts but I have no idea if this is evidence based, and it's just not necessary anyway. Nature does the job for you

Denny185 Wed 03-Sep-08 18:13:39

Thanks v much for that tiktok I will pass this on to her. I don't think she has any alarming symptoms, just some leaking so waiting it out it is.

Denny185 Wed 03-Sep-08 18:22:05

Btw one more question, if she did get any signs of blockage would she just massage, presumably no expressing as this would encourage more milk?

dewmeadow Wed 03-Sep-08 19:00:12

hey tiktok! can I ask for some bfing advice too?

My baby is nearly 14 months old and is still bf on demand, though mostly evening/night. She loves the boobie - no self-weaning here! IF I chose to, how could I go about cutting her down? How do you stop them lifting your top, pulling down your bra and demanding milk in public?

dewmeadow Wed 03-Sep-08 19:45:56


CuppaTeaJanice Wed 03-Sep-08 20:17:30

Back in the 70s they gave you tablets to dry up the milk and told you to bind your chest with a warm towel overnight.

MIL was surprised I hadn't been offered the tablets at the hospital when I'd given birth!!!hmm

Warm towel might be worth a go, though.

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 03-Sep-08 20:20:24

dewmeadow - dd is (as you know) 2.7 and I still haven't worked that one out! You need to be consistent with any rules that you try to introduce though, so that she doesn't get confused.

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