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How long does it take for your milk to dry up once you stop BF?

(8 Posts)
devonsmummy Fri 17-Oct-08 14:14:36

I stopped night feeds for DS (23mths), two weeks ago so was down to 3 feeds a day.

We are on day 2 of no BF and god my boobs are killing me!!

How long until I stop producing milk?

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Fri 17-Oct-08 14:17:51

a few weeks yet. Give it a couple of days and the pain will decrease - could you perhaps express off just a little bit to stop the engorgement? After BFing DS1, mine took ages to stop producing altogether, but it shouldn't take long before they start to decrease.

devonsmummy Fri 17-Oct-08 14:25:27

Oh well it looks like lots warm showers for me.

Have expressed a little - didn't want to do too much as I thought it would take longer to stop.

When you say ages, how long was it for you?

feedmenow Fri 17-Oct-08 14:27:09

Wear a really supportive bra, take paracetamol if really painful.

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but I seem to take about 6 weeks to dry up altogether (although obviously not piddling milk and in pain all that time!)

devonsmummy Fri 17-Oct-08 14:38:54

Six weeks!

I had a notion that it would only take a couple of weeks.

DH is not gonna be happy.
Last night he thought it was his right to re-claim my boobs after 23mths of BF - some how being told 'my boobs are f*%$ing killing me' did not register in his man brain and we ended up not speaking.

Mij Fri 17-Oct-08 15:27:37

So I'm guessing that telling your DH that they're your blooming boobs and he just gets a VIP pass when you choose wouldn't go down a storm either then wink grin.

No idea if this will work, but I do know that a study suggested that if you're psychologically really ready to stop, milk decreases more quickly. So - some really positive thinking/visualisation/something else to reinforce the rightness of your decision might be worth a try hmm?

RedOnHerBeheadedHead Fri 17-Oct-08 17:02:54

When I said ages - i literally meant AGES!!! Mine took a few weeks to stop being full (DS was 15mths and only have one feed at night by then anyway) but even over a year later if i squeezed the nipple, i could get some out!

Mij Sat 18-Oct-08 16:04:14

Red - blimey that really is ages! Very interesting though.

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