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Agony with drying up milk

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Greyhorses Sat 07-May-16 06:08:42

Has anyone any helpful tips to help with engorgement?
I am literally in agony at the moment after having Ds 4 days ago, I am not breastfeeding at all and am ff.

I literally can't even move my arms, they are rock solid and have kept me awake for days.

I have tried cabbage, it hasn't made any differnence and I am desperate sad

Sleepyfergus Sat 07-May-16 06:22:46

Lots of nurofen and wearing 2 bras at the same time helped for me. Anything to stop them moving! It does pass, honest. But I remember the pain vividly and it's not nice. Good luck!

Treetopchallenger Sat 07-May-16 06:26:25

I would hand express the excess off. It's the over fullness that is hurting. Have a look on YouTube or kellymom for how to do it.

timelytess Sat 07-May-16 06:34:34

Aren't you at risk of mastitis if you don't keep them empty? I'd express. If you're not suckling the child production will soon stop. Soon-ish.

Greyhorses Sat 07-May-16 06:43:39

The midwife told me not to touch them at all so it dries up quicker and stimulation will drag it out longer? Is this wrong? sad

LisaRinnasLips Sat 07-May-16 07:04:46

No that's wrong and stupid advice.

You can get mastitis which it sounds like you have already. Express a little on each side now.

It's a slow process to dry it up but everyday you express a little so you don't get engorged.

I would call your gp today and go and be seen. Are they hot and do you have a fever or feel unwell?

LisaRinnasLips Sat 07-May-16 07:07:44

nopel Sat 07-May-16 07:51:57

Express for comfort just to soften them. When breast are engorged like that it increases the risk of mastitis. If you get a temperature or feel flu like, see the GP asap for treatment.

Greyhorses Sat 07-May-16 18:30:20

Thank you to all of you smile

I have hand expressed a tiny amount and the relief is amazing! I was under strict instructions not to touch them or stimulate them in any way and to just ride it out but it is so so painful!

Hopefully tomorrow is better as I am inhaling ibuprofen sad

ElspethFlashman Sat 07-May-16 18:32:18

Sudafed works to dry them up. But you need to just express the minimum for comfort.

PearlyFish Tue 10-May-16 07:26:23

Congratulations on your DS!

I had my second child 6 days ago and have been using Therapearl ice packs to help with engorgement. They do provide some relief.

Hope you are more comfortable soon.

Greyhorses Tue 10-May-16 11:24:58

Thank you to all of you.

I feel 200% better today grin still leaking lots but the pain has gone thank god!

icedcherrytea Tue 10-May-16 17:14:29

Lemsip will help to dry them out. Glad your feeling better

3luckystars Tue 10-May-16 17:52:24

Don't let the hot water on them if you can, turn your back in the shower. Also, disprin apparently helps, you know the ones, they are really old fashioned dissolvable painkillers? It might be worth a shot. Glad to read you are feeling better today though. Take care and congratulations.

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