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If you have an excess supply of breastmilk causing you problems such as breast pain, recurrent blocked ducts & mastitis, you may be thinking how to reduce your breastmilk supply to resolve these issues.
For starters, please bear in mind, that this post does. not replace the advice of your health provider who has performed a consultation & has your health facts & assessments at hand.
A few things to consider
If you answered 'YES' to any of the above, working on reducing or weaning your breastmilk supply is not really for you because:
A few tips to reduce excessive breastmilk supply
Some Gentle Tips to wean or 'dry up" your milk supply safely
If you are breastfeeding, drop one breastfeeding session per week until you are no longer breastfeeding - start with your shortest breastfeed first. From here on, drop every second breastfeed once per seek, so that you don't get ridiculously engorged between feeds
If you are exclusively expressing breastmilk, drop one expressing session per week, then every second expressing. session per week thereafter. Repeat this cycle until you are no longer expressing
Sage Tea - infuse 1 tablespoon of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-15 minutes. Drink 1 cup, 2 – 6 times per day. Sage tea can be sweetened with honey & lemon
If your breasts are engorged & uncomfortable, you can apply cool packs to your breasts for 10 minutes at a time, for as often as you need to. You can make your own cool pack by wetting a dry nappy & placing in the freezer until frozen
Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen are safe to use if the cold packs aren't enough for pain relief
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR BREASTMILK SUPPLY TO REDUCE OR "DRY UP"?
This largely depends on your starting point.
If you have a low milk supply when weaning, it could take as little as a few days to a week
Usually you should see changes starting within 3-4 days
Some women can still express breastmilk months & years after weaning - the main thing you are looking for is that your milk reducing journey is slow to prevent mastitis and that your breasts are noticeably comfortable.
If you need further support, please contact your local IBCLC.
I now do express consultations where I can do a rapid assessment online & give you advice &. support for reducing your milk supply or weaning.
You can find out more & book online at www.milkearlyparentingsupport.com
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Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, IBCLC, Infant Feeding Therapist, Birth & Parenting Educator, Baby Sleep & Settling Consultant