Taking pills to "dry" breast milk

by Archana

Is it mandatory to take pills to "dry" breast milk after you stop breast feeding?

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Dec 26, 2013
drying up
by: Lyssa

It is by no means necessary to take anything to dry up a mother's milk. Some mothers choose to take medications or herbs to help their milk ducts dry up due to infant loss or extreme circumstances, but it is not necessary.

It usually takes 2-5 days for a mother to lose almost all supply once she stops breastfeeding completely.

Engorgement is natural and can be painful. This can be treated by cold cabbage leaves changed every 2-3 hours and hot showers. The breasts should not be pumped (as this encourages supply), nor bound (as this can cause the milk ducts to become blocked and possibly a mastitis infection).

If you choose to take something, large quantities of mint, sage, or sometimes a few doses of benadryl have suggested, but should NOT be taken without consulting your doctor.

Dec 27, 2013
Pressing breasts to remove milk
by: Archana

I already stopped feeding my baby before 10 days. Still there is milk supply in breasts. Is it required to press the breasts and remove milk while taking warm showers on breast? Does breast damage by doing so? Does that remove milk ducts?

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