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I decided to stop pumping last week. I was only pumping once every 24 hours, and decided it was time to stop. So on Friday, 3/5, I stopped pumping completely. Since then, I am so engorged I can hardly pick Mady up. I pumped maybe an ounce and a half total last night just for a little relief and cause I think I have a clogged duct on my right breast. I called the doctor and they called in antibiotics so it doesnt turn into mastitis. They told me to use hot compresses. Is there anything else I can do to make this easier and less painful???? Seriously, I have been in complete misery for a week now and I don't want to go back to pumping but I miss being able to enjoy holding my daughter!
*A HUGE thank you to Maitri for my beautiful siggy!
The biggest advice I can offer is not to pump. The more you pump, the more milk you'll produce and therefore have to go through the back-up of the milk again. Apparently cabbage leaves in your bra can help - you could try! Chill them in the fridge first, so you iwill at least get the coldness for relief.
I'm no expert but would a hot compress encourage milk flow? I don't know? Did it help you? Sage tea is supposed to help milk dry up quickly as well!