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Breast Feeding

Stopping of the milk

10/24/2006

Question:

ive been breastfeeding my daughter for 8 months and im stopping.is there anything that can help stop your milk? i heard using cabbage lettuce..is that true? i just dont want to go through the pain when ur breast gets swollen and painful.

Answer:

The best and pain free way to wean is very gradually.

You may start by shortening the baby’s nursing time at the breast by about 5 minutes every other day, then by 10 minutes, or by increasing the intervals between feeds at the breast.

This alone will slow milk production over time, and usually takes about a month to 6 weeks to stop lactating all together.

For faster pain free slowing, you can drink sage tea or mint tea.

For fastest slowing, a few once-daily doses of Sudafed 60 mg usually cause a rapid decline in milk production.

Cabbage leaves (crushed and cold) are for the treatment of engorgement, but may also help in the slowing down process of lactation.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati