A lactation suppressant is a substance that decreases milk supply. It is recommended that a mother wean gradually, to avoid blocked ducts and mastitis.
Some Reasons why a Mother might want to Suppress Lactation
- Stillbirth, miscarriage or death of a newborn baby.
- The mother has decided to give her baby up for adoption.
- The mother has to take medications or have a treatment done that is not safe while breastfeeding.
- The baby has a medical condition, such as Galactosemia.
- The baby self-weans unexpectedly.
- The mother is HIV positive.
- The mother has too many breastfeeding problems and wants to stop. It is a mother's personal choice.
Some Pharmaceutical Medications that Suppress Lactation
- Parlodel (Bromocriptine) This medication was removed from the US market for lactation suppression due to harmful side effects but is still prescribed by some caregivers.
- Estrogen-containing contraceptives.
- Clomid, which is used for inducing ovulation.
Herbs and Natural Plants that can Help Decrease Breast Milk Supply
- Peppermint and spearmint.
- Periwinkle herb.
- Stinging nettle.
- Black Walnut.
- Lemon balm.
- Herb Robert.
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Tracy Ann Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)
Reference: Course info through Childbirth International on the physiology of breastfeeding/lactation suppressant.