Breastfeeding is a practice full of love and health, for mom, but especially for the baby. However, there comes a time when breastfeeding becomes impracticable for some particular reasons , or cases in which the woman will not be able to continue breastfeeding, weaning or, in some way or at all, drying the breast milk for any event in her life . So, how to dry breast milk in a way that does not harm the woman?
First, it is important to say that the home procedure is simple, but any painful or unusual changes such as fever, redness and fissures, should be analyzed by a professional should not be done without monitoring ok?
First Step To Dry Breast Milk
As soon as you decide to stop breastfeeding , or even dry the milk, the first step is to stop stimulating the milk. That is:
Do not breastfeed: The suction made by the baby or child will stimulate milk production , with this, the milk will not dry out. Make sure that the baby has already weaned from the breast, so that the milk stops being produced by your body, without running the risk of offering the breast after the beginning of the process to dry the breast milk .
Do not use breast pumps: Just like breastfeeding, the use of breast pumps will stimulate the production of breast milk. Manual milking is recommended only to remove excess breast milk to avoid problems such as mastitis .
Drying Breast Milk Naturally
There are some little-known homemade techniques for drying breast milk without a lot of work, however, it is important to say that it can take a few days, and symptoms like heavy, even painful breasts. To alleviate the symptoms, it is recommended to express excess breast milk whenever you feel uncomfortable.
Cold compress : The cold compress in the breast for 15 minutes a few times a day, is suggested 3 to 6 times a day. This technique will constrict the milk-producing vessels and, consequently, stop production until it ceases completely. Try to place the ice pack wrapped in a cloth and never for more than 15 consecutive minutes , this will prevent burns on the breasts by the contact of the ice directly on the skin or by time of permanence.
Tighten Breasts with Band
Tightening the Breasts against the Body: Tying a band on the breasts making them stay close to the body, will help to dry the milk. The compression of the breasts will help a lot, however, you must be very careful when tightening the band. The effect can be achieved, but other problems arise. Tie with a gauze or firm cotton cloth, but not too strong, always breathable and giving intervals to rest the breasts.
Teas That Help Dry Breast Milk
Mint: Mint tea or essential oil is an important ally to help dry breast milk. In addition to being tasty, the tea will help to dehydrate the breasts, reducing the production of breast milk.
Sage: With an effect similar to that of mint, sage will help to stop the production of breast milk. Tea is recommended 2 to 3 times a day, or a direct intake of the dehydrated herb mixed with meals and even the essential oil during the process period to dry breast milk.
Remedies for Drying Breast Milk
There are some medications to help breast milk dry, but all, without exception, must be recommended by a gynecologist. You never know whether or not a woman will have allergic reactions to the medication, or even if it is the best option for you.
- Dostinex: Remedy indicated to treat the production of prolactin hormones in women.
- Ibuprofen: An analgesic that can help dry milk faster, but with efficacy not proven by science.
One tip is to use ointments for breastfeeding , this will ease the pain of the breasts. I massage the breast under the shower to untie the knots and remove excess milk more easily. Do not use shells, they will stimulate milk production. Give preference to cotton pads for the breast.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.