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Breast Feeding

Stopping of the milk



ive been breastfeeding my daughter for 8 months and im stopping.is there anything that can help stop your milk? i heard using cabbage lettuce..is that true? i just dont want to go through the pain when ur breast gets swollen and painful.


The best and pain free way to wean is very gradually.

You may start by shortening the baby’s nursing time at the breast by about 5 minutes every other day, then by 10 minutes, or by increasing the intervals between feeds at the breast.

This alone will slow milk production over time, and usually takes about a month to 6 weeks to stop lactating all together.

For faster pain free slowing, you can drink sage tea or mint tea.

For fastest slowing, a few once-daily doses of Sudafed 60 mg usually cause a rapid decline in milk production.

Cabbage leaves (crushed and cold) are for the treatment of engorgement, but may also help in the slowing down process of lactation.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati