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how to stop breastfeeding Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Mar '13

so i need to stop breastfeeding for a few reasons and i feel bad taking that away from my son. i've managed to go 3 months but its just been a struggle to begin with and i hardly ever get to breastfeed anymore.
my supply is suuper low now like if i pump after 6 hours only an ounce or less comes out. what are some ways to stop the milk supply? i've heard of putting cabbage leaves in the bra for a day. im not really sure if i even need to do anything special to stop the supply since its so low now.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

awww hes still little, why are you not able to breastfeed as much now?

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Mar '13

i've just been so busy with everything and will start working soon. plus i haven't been able to eat properly due to depression (but i've started going to therapy for it). on top of it all it was really hard to breastfeed and meet his demands and not get any sleep at all. i've even tried to co-sleep and just leave them out for him to eat when he needs. when the supply started going down due to stress they got a lot smaller and he'd just get frustrated with them. its ended up where i only breastfeed like 3 times a day or less.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

thats why you don't have a supply, you need to nurse a lot lot more! your baby should be eating a lot more then 3 times a day period.

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Mar '13

i just haven't had the time to nurse him and have been stressing about a lot :( hes basically on all formula now and gaining weight properly for once. plus with needing to work im not sure what job will allow me to step out to pump every 2-3 hours

Chelsey Lee 1 child; New York 441 posts
28th Mar '13

Dont stop. Who cares if its only 3 times a day and the rest is formula... just keep doin that thats what I do. A little is better than none at all!! And if you dont have the time to nurse him then who feeds him bottles? IMO it doesnt sound like its that you dont have time... it sounds like you dont want to... I dont know you or your life or situation so like I said IMO

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Hikaru Katsu:</b>" i just haven't had the time to nurse him and have been stressing about a lot :( hes basically on all ... [snip!] ... weight properly for once. plus with needing to work im not sure what job will allow me to step out to pump every 2-3 hours"</blockquote>




Most states laws require nursing mothers to have a break to pump. Why do you need help stopping if the baby is on mostly formula now? Just nurse as much as you can until you dry up completely. Tht way your baby is still getting all those good antibodies. If you have the time to make bottles n then bottle feed him, ten you have plenty of time to bf. it's way easier...you simply pull out a b**b n feed. Even night feedings. Instead of gettin out of bed to make a bottle u can lay tere and feed him. I'm sorry it's your choice but I'm just saying it makes no sense.

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Mar '13

my bf's cousin has been here to take care of him while im not here. i've just been too stressed with everything to keep doing it. and like i said before i haven't even been able to eat properly. its either i keep feeling stressed and depressed or i stop all together and get back on the medication i need to. and trust me, if i could keep breastfeeding at least somewhat comfortably i would.
i guess it wasn't a smart idea to even post this topic because now i feel like a bad mother not being able to juggle depression/ severe anxiety and breastfeeding.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

You're not a bad mom. Formula or breast does not make anyone a better mom. I am just confused because you asked how to stop, but then say he is barley bf and basically just drinks formula. So all I'm saying is you pretty much already hve stopped. At least you have your baby a few months of it!

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

Where are you that you need someone else to care for your baby, if you have not been to work yet?

Hikaru Katsu 1 child; Japan 641 posts
28th Mar '13
Quoting ♫♥♬:" You're not a bad mom. Formula or breast does not make anyone a better mom. I am just confused because ... [snip!] ... just drinks formula. So all I'm saying is you pretty much already hve stopped. At least you have your baby a few months of it!"


i just wasn't really sure if there was anything special i had to do in order to stop producing milk. the supply is so low that i dont really get engorged and wasn't sure if i could just stop cold turkey with pumping and nursing.

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
28th Mar '13

Guys, it's her choice whether or not she wants to continue to breastfeed. Stop making her feel bad about it.



OP, I would suggest wearing a snug bra all the time and just let them dry up on their own. If you get engorged, then you can pump a bit out just to relieve th engorgement. Otherwise take Tylenol or advil for any pain. I think it will take about a week to dry up.



Sorry you've been having a hard time with this :(

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Hikaru Katsu:</b>" i just wasn't really sure if there was anything special i had to do in order to stop producing milk. ... [snip!] ... supply is so low that i dont really get engorged and wasn't sure if i could just stop cold turkey with pumping and nursing. "</blockquote>




My DD nursed for 16 months, I just put on a loose fitting bra, some breast lads encase I leaked and let it go!! Nothing that I know of at least lol

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10325 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TootsMcGoots:</b>" Guys, it's her choice whether or not she wants to continue to breastfeed. Stop making her feel bad about ... [snip!] ... Tylenol or advil for any pain. I think it will take about a week to dry up. Sorry you've been having a hard time with this :("</blockquote>




No one is trying to make her feel bad, like I said her questions and responses just confused me. Sorry to OP if I made you feel bad, not my intentions! As long as you not putting pop on his bottle lol formula or breast is the way to go!

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
28th Mar '13
Quoting Hikaru Katsu:" i just wasn't really sure if there was anything special i had to do in order to stop producing milk. ... [snip!] ... supply is so low that i dont really get engorged and wasn't sure if i could just stop cold turkey with pumping and nursing. "


If you're not getting engorged, then you should be able to just stop pumping and feeding if you wanted. If you start to notice any signs or symptoms of mastitis (which I hear can happen when trying to dry up your milk) go to the doctor, and they will put you on antibiotics...that might even help dry your milk up too. But no stimulation at all, otherwise you'll keep producing.