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“I’ve stopped breast feeding after 18.5months. I’m on day 5 of not feeding and my breasts are still sore. I’d like to know how long it took for other mothers for their milk to dry up and how long will the pain last? Thanks”

Posted by Michelle, 29/05/2013


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  • Suddenly stopping will always cause engorgement and pain. It’s better to decrease slowly and drop feed per feed or shorten feeds gradually. You might need to express sometimes (that way you can still use this liquid gold) or when you’re under the shower stroke your breasts towards the nipple and let the milk flow away.

  • I reduced babies feeds gradually over time, that way I had minimal engorgement and pain

  • about 6 weeks is what it took for mine and that is what the nurses told me to expect – it can take a little bit less or longer depending on your body.

  • make sure you wear tight bras …

  • cabbage leaves stuffed into your bra works wonders, uncomfortable but when you are in pain its worthwhile.

  • I’m not sure everyone some but for me it about 2 weeks to dry up and pain too.

  • Some really good answers below.

  • It changes from person to person, there is no hard and fast rule!

  • It is different for everyone, I had milk several months after ceasing breastfeeding.

  • Quite a while. For factual and useful hints check the ABA website :)

  • Okay for me it took me about 5 weeks to clear up

  • Some women take a week others a month or longer. Remember not to stimulate your breasts at all and for relief try cold cabbage leaves in your bra. they helped with pain for me. Good luck hun.

  • Its good to know these answers as well as I have stopped feeding my twins at 17.5 months and the right one is fine but the left one I still leak

  • Make sure you wear a very tight bra. And don’t stimulate the breast.

  • Hope things worked out well for you with so much of useful advice

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