1. Continue to lactate and donate the milk to other babies, who may need it.
2. Stop milk production as comfortably as possible.
If you decide to Continue to Lactate
You may decide to provide the milk to a friend or family member who has a baby that is sick or who could drink breast milk instead of formula.
You could do this just until her own milk supply has dried up, or you may decide to do this for a couple of years. You could find a neighbour or family member's child to nurse, this is not always socially acceptable, but this will greatly benefit the baby who is receiving the breast milk.
You can donate your milk to a human milk bank. At these banks, they screen the milk, kill the bacteria, freeze it and send it to mothers who cannot breastfeed or to premature or ill babies around the world. A woman may feel that she is honoring the short life of her baby, by giving another child a better start to life.
If you Decided to Stop Lactation
is important that you use methods to reduce engorgement while trying
to stop lactation; this will ensure that you do not develop mastitis.
you are engorged, you can pump 5 minutes every 5 hours on the first day,
then 5 minutes every 6 hours on the second day and then the last few
days, pump just enough for comfort. A warm shower can also be used to
Some Helpful Methods to Stop Lactation
Wear a supportive bra, this will provide comfort.
Take herbs (internally) such as parsley, sage, mint and stinging nettle to decrease supply.
Jasmine flowers can be crushed and applied to the breast and are very effective at reducing milk production and engorgement.
Ice packs can be placed on the breast to reduce engorgement every 20 minutes if needed.