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Breast Feeding

Breast feeding

11/07/2005

Question:

What are some way to stop your milk from coming in? i have a 1 month old, and suddenly he has decided he does not like my milk and i have put him on formula. but now my brest are engored and won`t stop leaking. what are some ways to stop them?

Answer:

It is hard to stop breast feeding cold turkey.  Breast milk is produced in response to demand.  Generally, if you are able to decrease one feeding at a time your breasts will adjust to the decreased demand without too many difficulties.  In your case the process of your breast "drying up" may take a bit longer and certainly be more uncomfortable at the beginning.  Here are several things you can do:

In 4 to 7 days you should be much more comfortable.  Hope all goes well.

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Response by:

Barbara   Morrison, PhD, CNM, FNP Barbara Morrison, PhD, CNM, FNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University