Reducing your milk production
How to reduce milk production:
When it's time to stop breastfeeding, you'll once again experience engorgement until your body understands that it needs to stop producing milk. To cope during this uncomfortable time:
- Apply cold compresses, either with cold cabbage leaves or a cold gel pack
- Do not pump. The more milk your body releases, the more it will make
- Do not bind your breasts. Keep circulation flowing with a well-fitting, supportive bra (most likely in a much bigger size than normal.) Binding your breasts could lead to a painful breast infection or clogged milk ducts
- Reduce swelling with ice for 15 minutes, three to four times a day. Check with your doctor about taking ibuprofen or another pain reliever.
This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading pregnancy and parenting resource.