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After weaning? [Oct. 19th, 2011|01:21 pm]
35+ Moms with new babies


Here's an uncomfortable question... literally.  Online searches turn up plenty of information about the START of lactation, and how to keep it going when there's a problem -- but what about getting it to STOP when the factory's shut down?

My daughter turns 5 tomorrow.  She hasn't had breastmilk for almost 4 years.  But my breasts still periodically get feeling engorged, thankfully not to leakage but definitely achy and uncomfortable and there's a general nervousness along with it.  Sometimes it's almost logical -- my daughter crying will trigger it.  It seems to be worse when I wear a too-tight bra.  (No wonderbra for me!)  But mostly there's no clue to  anything I can avoid or do to prevent it.  

If I weren't on medication, I'd see if it would help to pump & donate -- but I can't give my migraine meds to an infant. 

Neither my OB nor my regular doctor thought it was anything worth doing anything about --but they're not living with it.  I wondered if anyone in lj land has any similar experience or suggestions.  I can't even decide if I should mention this to the doctor(s) again.

[User Picture]From: ms_hecubus
2011-10-19 06:47 pm (UTC)
I took a tri-phase hormonal birth control after having my first daughter and that dried me right up. I'll probably do the same when I want to dry up from this baby.
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[User Picture]From: kitzen_kat
2011-10-19 10:37 pm (UTC)
No ideas here. I'm in the same boat as you.
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[User Picture]From: adreamthief
2011-10-20 12:53 am (UTC)

Drying up

Get ready to laugh. The lactation specialist at the hospital told me to wear cabbage leaves in my bra. I dried up within a few days. I still get achy during my monthly cycle but It's part of my cycle and I'm used to it now.
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[User Picture]From: crayonbeam
2011-10-20 02:59 am (UTC)
My sympathies. I don't have any help to offer, just amazement at the human body.
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