First off, Before we begin, I’m gonna write a huge statement & warning.
I mean it with love.
I would like to state that I 100% believe and know that breastmilk cannot be compared to formula. Breastmilk is Liquid Gold and I admire women who can breastfeed without a physical or mental hitch. I wish that would’ve been my story but unfortunately breastfeeding does not workout for everyone. At the end of the day, I’m so thankful that we live in a day and age where not only does baby formula exist but it’s come a long way.
And if you’re here cause you’ve been blessed to nurse your baby but are now done, I think you’re amazing! 🙌🏼
With that said, I’m here to advocate for 3 things:
FED IS BEST. A baby’s gotta eat, so just feed your baby the way you want to.
YOU DO YOU. So long as you’re not harming yourself or others, proceed to do you.
PLEASE NOTE: I’m not in the medical field whatsoever, so my advice is that you do your own research as well.
If you’re wondering why breastfeeding didn’t work out for me with either of my boys,
you can read about it HERE. Long story short; It has to do with PPD & Oxytocin.
HOW TO DRY YOUR SUPPLY
I’m here to tell you what worked for me (twice) in hopes that it will help other women in need too. When I was in desperate need to dry out my milk, I found very little information and help. Many different OB’s suggested I just cold turkey, but that did NOT work for me. I attempted to cold turkey with my first boy and instead I ended up getting mastitis. So I found a less brutal way to do it. I tried my method out again with my second baby, and it’s worked pretty great for me.
This method takes 1-2 weeks to dry up, but you will feel very little pain & engorgement.
#1: PUMP & WEAN OFF
Pump 2-3 times a day. Definitely no more than 4 times.
Space them out as much as you can! Example; pump every 8 hours. Then reduce how many times you pump every 24-48 hours.
Only pump for 10 minutes. No longer than that. Then start reducing how long you pump every 1-2 days.
I pumped and dumped. I did not feed my baby the milk at any point because I was taking certain medications that are advised to not take during nursing.
EXAMPLE OF MY PUMPING SCHEDULE:
Once you hit pumping only once a day, your supply should have significantly decreased.
#2: HOT & COLD COMPRESSIONS
HOT: In order to relief my pain and engorgement, I took a manual pump for each boob in the shower. Yes, this includes the times I did it 2,3,4 times a day. Showers are just magical for me and this postpartum phase was not fun. The warm water helped let down my milk and helped so much with the pain. If you don’t want to hop in the shower each time, just use a hot electrical pad on your boobs. I suggest a hot electric pad cause its fast & convenient.
COLD: I also bought boob gel pads that you can put in the fridge or freezer and I’d snuggle them straight on my boobs after each pump when I was out of the shower. I kept them in the fridge most of the time, just out of preference.
Alright, this is where I got a bit cray. And note that I was pumping and dumping the whole time. So if you’re considering pumping but still giving that Liquid Gold to your baby, be super careful of what medications you’re taking. Some of these might not be for you.
I took Sudafed round the clock for two weeks.
I did a ton of research and I came a cross an article that said a study showed that women experienced a decrease of 10%-30% in their milk supply a day when they took Sudafed.
I also alternated between ibuprofen and acetaminophen round the clock for pain and swelling.
#4: OILS & OINMENTS
I dabbed a bit of peppermint oil and Vicks Decongestant Rub straight on my nipples several times a day for two weeks.
I did all of these things for two weeks. By day 8, I barely had supply but did have a few leaks when I felt temperature change. AKA: when I hopped in or out of the shower or when I was shirtless. Around this time, I was able to brave a more “cold-turkey” approach cause there wasn’t much milk coming in after a week of this.
never in the history of ever, have I seen, read, heard, or witnessed so much hate and ignorance on the subject of Vaginal Deliveries vs C-Sections and Breastmilk Vs Formula. True palm to face explosion over here.
If someone tries to bring you down because of these choices, they are truly outdated and uninformed, (and how embarrassing for them). 🙈😬😬😬
I’m here to remind you that, so long as you’re not bringing harm to yourself or others; What you decide for you, your babies, and your fam is never and should never be up for grabs or shamed by anyone else.
Happy journey to you ♥️