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June 3rd, 2011, 07:04 PM
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What's's your experience on this? Any tips on what to expect? Pain? Leaking? I think we just had our last nursing session. With LO's milk protein allergy, he is not doing well with the milk. He is throwing up like projectile now almost every time he gets BM. How long will it take for it to dry up (I never had a big supply to begin with) He gets formula so he's already used to that. I do leak if it's been a while between nursing. I'm scared of leaking everywhere in public lol Obviously I will wear nursing pads.
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June 3rd, 2011, 07:31 PM
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I not bfing but my milk has not dry up, get some Leaking. I wounder how long it takes lol. some woman dry up stright away tho.
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June 3rd, 2011, 07:40 PM
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I drained them just a touch when they got engorged until they stopped getting engorged and then they dried up pretty fast. It didn't hurt much.
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June 3rd, 2011, 11:50 PM
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I drained them just a touch when they got engorged until they stopped getting engorged and then they dried up pretty fast. It didn't hurt much.
Same here. You really want to make sure to pump when they get really engorged. At one point I tried to dry my supply cold turkey without pumping and I got a clogged duct. It was super painful and I had to pump like crazy to unclog it... so it ultimately took longer than it would have had I just pumped a little from the beginning.


**I do want to add that even though I dried my supply up a while back... I have noticed that I can still express a tiny bit of milk. I had no idea that would happen and don't know why.
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June 4th, 2011, 04:56 AM
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Mine took a little over a week. I started by pumping twice a day, then once a day, and then quit. I only pumped when they were really engorged and overflow leaking! I was surprised that it really only hurt the few times I got really engorged and I would pump a small amount to take the pressure off and it was better. I also took Motrin and used cold compresses on my breasts. Good luck!
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June 4th, 2011, 03:04 PM
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It took me about 2 weeks to quit when I weaned DD1. I just gradually reduced nursing/pumping sessions. It was really hard to get rid of the last session I'd think I was done and a day or two later I'd have to pump a little again.
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June 5th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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I stopped cold turkey because I was having lots of problems with clogged ducts and engorgement issues that just got worse when I pumped. It was weird. So, I put on two tight bras along with ice packs constantly and cabbage leaves. When I showered, I would have my back to the shower not letting the hot water directly hit my breasts. They felt back to normal and completely dried up in 2 weeks.
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June 5th, 2011, 08:47 AM
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Wow, thanks for the info! I had to pump a small bit last night and again this morning I was in so much pain and my breasts felt lumpy. So I guess I will have to gradually do this and not go cold turkey.
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June 7th, 2011, 08:06 PM
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When i stopped, i slowed my pumping down then stopped over a few days, I got very engorged and had a ton of pain even cutting down on my pumping over days, i wound up having to pump once a day for a few days just to relieve the pain and engorgement. but once i stopped pumping completely my milk dried up pretty fast maybe a little over a week however i can still get some drops here and there for some reason
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June 8th, 2011, 05:59 AM
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I stopped with DD2 at 4 months, I gradually cut out nursing sessions until I only had one, and then cut that one out and didn't have a problem at all. Maybe felt a bit fuller, but didn't leak or get engorged.
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June 8th, 2011, 06:08 AM
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Try using cabbage leaves for pain..... Take an ace bandage, and tighly wrap your breasts with fresh cold cabbage leaves. it helps the pain AMAZINGLY!!! It was the best advise I had ever received. My MIL who is a nurse reccomended it to me and I thought she was crazy, but it works wonders.
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