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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 1:05pm

Stopped Breastfeeding - Don't know what to do about my swollen breasts? Help Please!!

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I made the decision to stop breastfeeding yesterday and move to formula and when I told the midwife yesterday and asked her what to do with my breasts, she said to leave them alone, do not talk to them, massage or touch them in anyway. She advised me to take ibuprofen and use savoy cabbage leaves to help soothe them and to absolutely not express them at all to relieve any swelling, as this would stimulate more milk production.

I have heard mixed info about this and would like some advice as to whether this is correct.

Needless to say, my boob are extremely swollen and very painful!!!
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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 1:31pm

Hiya jess

I had the same problem and can sympathise. :hugs: I ws also advised to wear my tightest bra and top to keep them compressed. Took a couple of days but it did the trick...

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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 1:33pm

Oh and congratulations! :D

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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 4:44pm

Hi Jess, and congratulations on the birth of your son!

I don't have any personal experience as I haven't stopped yet, but a friend was in agony when she stopped, and eventually just had to express. But she only expressed a tiny bit off, just enough to give her a bit of relief, and things were much better after that.

I'd suggest you get a few more responses from other people who have stopped before you follow my friend's example, just in case she was lucky. I've certainly heard you shouldn't express at all, but there's always someone who doesn't follow the rules and is OK, isn't there!

I hope you feel a lot more comfortable soon.
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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 7:19pm

Hi Jess,

Jessica is right, you need to express the tiniest bit just to eleviate the discomfort and only do this when you are really uncomfortable. Milk left in the breast tells the ducts to produce less so if you take a tiny bit out and leave the rest your boobs will start producing less and you will find that the time between having to express gets longer and longer until you no longer need to do so and you eventually dry up.


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Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 8:14pm

It can be really uncomfortable. When I stopped with H, I thought I'd done it quite gradually, but I don't think I had, and hence became very sore. Stopping/reducing feeding gradually can make it more comfortable, it did when I stopped with L. However, I know this isn't always practical, or possible, as different circumstances come into play.



Things that helped me with H. Cold compresses on my breasts, wearing my bra very tightly, as the ladies have said. Take pain relief, and regularly. I did have to express a very small amount of milk, just to feel a bit more comfortable.



I really feel for you, it's really sore and uncomfy. It can take quite a few days or so, but gradually things will start to ease, and you will start to feel more comfortable xxx



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Wednesday, July 14th 2010, 12:16am

Hi Jess,
The girls are right - a really tight bra,paracetamol or ibuprofren, and only express enough to make it a bit more comfortable. Your body will get the message in a few days. I would add that if possible you express with a pump and not by hand, as hand expressing stimulates the breasts while pump expressing doesn't.
Congratulations on the new baby. :)
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Wednesday, July 14th 2010, 11:24am

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. I thought I would give it another day before expressing and have put a tight nursing bra on which is really supportive and been on painkillers. Woke up today and although they're still painful they're not anywhere near as bad as yest thankfully!! C how they are tomorrow.
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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 7:55am

Hi,
I am having to suddenly wean and switch to formula too, do thanks for tbe good advice. :) my baby is 6 weeks old.

it is really uncomfortable! And so far I've had to express a little more or less every other feed. Is this too much? I am only pumping slowly for a few minutes or getting half oz to 1oz from each-is this too much or/and too often? I have read in one book to express four times in a day for 4 days, then 3 for 3 days etc, but I dnt know If my boobs can go that long without exploding!!!

Any advice most welcome

It's really hard cuddling B as my chest is just so painful aaagggh!

Please help, as most websites just advise NOT to suddenly wean but as someone mentioned earlier, sometimes other circumstances come into play so you can't wean gradually.


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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 8:30am

Hi BGE,

You should only express when you are really uncomfortable and then only express enough to remove the discomfort, you'll find that over a few days the time between expressing gets longer and longer as milk left in the breast is a signal to them to produce less. Hope it dries up quickly for you as you've been through so much since B was born.


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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 8:36am

Thanks Grace - it feels uncomfortable a lot of the time!! I'll try and go a bit longer then.. They seem to get hard again very quickly ouch! Good to know that the milk in boob will signal not to produce as much milk.

Hopefully the pain will subside sooner rather than later as I just feel like I've been in pain since ben was born!! A pain free life is looking soooo appealing!

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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 11:25am

So, its normal for them to feel really hard and painful...i just have to grin and bare it until i can no longer and then express??


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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 11:37am

You are not havign agood time are you BGE? Can you get in a warm bath or dip your breasts in a basin of warm water? The can often relieve the pressure without providing too much stimulation.

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Wednesday, August 25th 2010, 12:53pm

I'm going to try that in abit then. Thanks mrsJ.

Although in the warm shower this morning they started leaking!!

I just want the pain to end!!!!!


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Thursday, August 26th 2010, 9:13am

Oh BGE it will, another one which really works (although no one really knows why) is to put green cabbage leaves straight from the fridge in your bra and make sure your bra is providing plenty of support as them bouncing around will really make things feel worse.


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Thursday, August 26th 2010, 8:54pm

BGE are you wearing a really tight bra as well? That can help,and as the others have said, only express enough at a time to relive the pain. Paracetamol and ibuprofen ( you can take both) will help too, and it WILL get better, honestly!

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Friday, August 27th 2010, 6:17pm

Thanks Grace and Fi's mum blowkiss

My boobs are still sore, but definitely getting less sore :) I am expressing much less frequently now too...so things are slowly settling down! My bra is quite a tight supportive nursing bra...but i guess it might become too big when the milk has gone!


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Sunday, August 29th 2010, 10:03am

Ok, quick question...

My boobs are getting less sore and although still uncomfortable i only expressed once yday. Should I try not to express at all if possible?

I was wearing a tight bra but it already feels looser! I will wear a different one today!

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Sunday, August 29th 2010, 1:29pm

If you can go without it then no don't express as they'll dry up faster, but don't make yourself really, really uncomfortable to do it.

Really glad that things are getting better now and you can enjoy you little boy.


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