9 Proven Ways How to Stop Breastfeeding Cold Turkey
Breastfeeding time is one of the most treasured moments of a mother’s life. This is one of the wonders of nature that fathers and children should appreciate more than ever.
However, there are certain times when a mother needs to stop breastfeeding cold turkey. And that is the usual problem of breastfeeding moms, aside from when to stop breastfeeding.
In this article, we would like to give mothers out there some tips on how to stop breastfeeding cold turkey. Try these easy and proven ways to help ease the pain of abruptly halting breastfeeding your babies.
#1. Pump The Milk Out
When deciding to stop breastfeeding, it is important that you know the consequences of your action or else you’ll never know what hits you.
Like pumping out your milk.
Some would advise not to pump and just let your milk leak and flow on to your dress the whole day through.
But you can actually do it if you can handle the pain it brings.
However, for those who are not that tolerable to pain, try to pump out your milk every 5-6 hours on the first to second day of stopping breastfeeding. Follow it through on the 3rd up to the sixth day, but this time try to pump every 6-12 hours. On the seventh day until there’s no more milk to pump, try pumping just once a day.
1st – 2nd day
Every 5-6 hours or 4 times to thrice/day
3rd – 6th day
Every 6-12 hours or thrice to twice/day
7th day – until no more milk or very little
milk is produced
Once a day
This procedure will help you lessen the pain the abrupt stop of breastfeeding brings.
If you don’t do this procedure and just let your milk leak, chances are you can’t do your regular or daily tasks the following day because of the pain your breasts bring to your whole body.
** WARNING: Don’t do pumping very often or else you will yield a different result. Instead of stopping or drying your milk, pumping your breasts often may enhance your breasts’ milk production.
When choosing what breast pump to use, it’s best to consult your physician or OB Gynecologist.
Pumping Using Manual Pump
- Put the breast shield on your whole nipple
- Squeeze the pump and let the milk flowLean a little bit forward to draw out milk easily
- Continue the process until there’s very little milk that flows
Pumping Using Battery Operated Pump
- Place the breast shield on your whole nipple. If your pump has double breast shield, you can simultaneously put them on.** Double-breast pump lessens the time you take in pumping, so it’s better.
- Turn on the machine and let the milk flow.
- Turn the machine off when milk starts to flow slowly.
#2. Take Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal drug that treats inflammation by reducing the hormones that causes the inflammation.
Ibuprofen is good to lessen the pain you feel all throughout your body in the process of stopping breastfeeding cold turkey. Take 1 tablet every 4 hours for 2 days or until the pain eases out that you can do your regular daily tasks without disruption.
Take generic ones; they have the same effect at a lesser price.
#3. Take A Cold Bath
Taking a cold bath does not necessarily mean freezing bath. Take at most 15˚ Celsius (59˚ Fahrenheit) of a bath will do.
Just don’t take a hot bath because hot baths will help you produce more milk, and we don’t want that. What we want is to stop your mammary glands from producing more milk so that your breasts will return to their normal size and stop breast engorgement.
Technically speaking, taking cold baths can freeze your mammary glands, thus, stopping the production of milk.
#4. Use Cabbage-in-the-Bra Technique
#4 is Gross yet Indigenous
This may sound a little bit gross to some who haven’t done this and do not know its effectiveness. But a cold cabbage leaf applied on your breasts can help lessen the inflammation and the pain.
Cabbage, according to experts, contains a wide range of health promoting compounds including polyphenols, carotenoids, tocopherols, vitamin C and glucosinolates (GSLs).
These compounds are responsible in lessening breasts inflammation.
Be sure to wash the cabbage thoroughly or else the insects that have been on your cabbage before you use it might cause skin rashes and allergies.
#5. Apply the Cloth Technique (or Chess-Compressed Technique)
I happened to use this technique when I weaned my third child. And I guess it helped a lot to lessen milk production.
Wrap a cloth around your chest (a little above your breasts), over your armpits. Tie both ends in front so that you can lie down without difficulty. Be sure to wrap it tightly.
Or you can use a commercial chest compressor available in different stores worldwide.
Just make sure not to include your breasts when wrapping your chest as it may cause severe pain and discomfort.
#6. Drink Sage Tea
Sage has an estrogenic effect and estrogen helps to lower your milk supply.
It is best to drink sage tea 2 to 3 times daily.
#7. Wear Bra that Fits Well
This technique has been proven by so many breastfeeding mothers in the world. Even I can attest to its effectiveness. Well-fit bras can suppress your milk supply. And it helps to lessen the pain brought about by inflammation.
Just make sure that you don’t wear too tight bras or else it will yield effect contrary to what you desire.
#8. Do Sit Ups and Push Ups
It may sound peculiar that a specific type of workout or exercise is included in this list. But, yes, sit ups and push ups are one of the ways if you want to stop breastfeeding cold turkey.
These workouts are proven to ease the pain you feel during the process of weaning. Just make sure not to do multiple repetitions abruptly.
For the first few days, you can do sit ups and push ups for 4 repetitions only. Until the time your breasts are well and back to their normal sizes and feel, you can opt to discontinue these exercises or continue them according to your capability and stamina.
#9. Lastly, Try Estrogen Contraceptive Pills
This may not be advisable unless your physician or OB Gyne tells you so.
However, estrogen contraceptive pills are proven effective in lowering your milk supply.
Estrogen is a hormone that prevents or lowers milk supply.
Estrogen contraceptive pills can be bought as over-the-counter medicines, though. No need for prescriptions.
Estrogen dominance may block prolactin's milk-producing abilities, potentially preventing you from lactating after you give birth.
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