Milk not drying up - Please Help
Newbie74 · 09/06/2021 08:27
Hello. First time mum here.
I am not breastfeeding, however I still have milk leaking on a regular basis. I am 2 weeks post-partum and am now on antibiotics for mastitis. It's so painful and I know when the milk is coming out because I get a searing pain in both nipples.
I've tried the cabbage leaves, Nurofen and the firm support bra but can't seem to stop the milk.
Any suggestions at all?
LemonRoses · 09/06/2021 08:31
It takes a little time. Warm baths if your uncomfortable.
The firm support shouldn’t be too tight as it can apply pressure that increases risk of mastitis.
Breast pads until production stops.
StylishMummy · 09/06/2021 08:33
Are your breasts hard/hot to touch? If so, you may need to go back to the doctor as mastitis can get secondary infections quickly. If a milk duct is blocked by pressure or infection, then it can cause quite serious problems & will be very sore. If you can alternate between hot and cold compresses, that should help
MellowMelly · 09/06/2021 08:43
Mine took several weeks. I used very warm flannels to help with engorgement and that seemed to help with the searing nipple pains and painful letdown. I also did gentle breast massage during letdown to stop my ducts from blocking up again causing mastitis.
I also agree with a previous poster. Do keep an eye on the mastitis even though you’re on antibiotics at the moment.
yikesanotherbooboo · 09/06/2021 12:02
Press on with the ibuprofen regularly and your other interventions. If you develop a high fever speak to your doctor
ViceLikeBlip · 09/06/2021 12:06
The GP can prescribe something to stop milk production (this was the only thing that helped me with recurrent mastitis when I stopped breastfeeding) x
ViceLikeBlip · 09/06/2021 12:09
Ps that searing pain is what people refer to as "let-down", and it's awful isn't it?! I remember all I had to do was so much as THINK "I wonder if the baby needs a feed soon" and my boobs would be on fire.
newtb · 09/06/2021 12:24
Apparently Epsom salts will do it. The midwives used to suggest it to young girls who didn't want to breastfeed.
Newbie74 · 09/06/2021 16:55
@ViceLikeBlip Ah thank you for telling me that! I had no idea what 'letdown' meant.
I had a high temperature yesterday so currently on antibiotics. I also had a C-Section and was just beginning to feel better until now. Hopefully antibiotics do the job and it doesn't get worse (fingers crossed)
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