If you've decided not to breastfeed your baby then you may be concerned about your milk. Even if your head...
If you've decided not to breastfeed your baby then you may be concerned about your milk. Even if your head isn't in breastfeeding mode your breast most certainly will be after your baby is born. cabbage.jpgFirst make sure that you really don't want to breastfeed. Not to be a nag; but breastmilk really is the most perfect food for your baby. If you're not going to breastfeed because you're nervous or need extra support than click here. If you decide not to breastfeed that's perfectly within your rights and your baby will still grow up healthy and happy so no worries. However, you may be worried about your milk drying up. If you don't nurse your newborn, your milk will start to dry up due to reduced levels of prolactin. Prolactin stimulates breast milk and your baby's nursing is what triggers this. The process of milk drying up can take around 10 to 15 days although all women will vary. If your breasts hurt as your milk dries up try wearing very tight sports bras (this an help suppress swelling), take an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, use cold packs, and (this will sound odd) but you can try cabbage too. Putting cold cabbage leaves in your bra will help to relieve pain and swelling. This is semi based on old wives tales and semi based on fact due to cabbage enzymes. I don't know which I believe but I will say that the one time I had engorgement issues that cabbage helped a ton to relieve the pain. Just don't forget to remove the cabbage before you start smelling like stew. Once the cabbage gets warm it's not very helpful anyhow. If you have too much pain during the drying up process talk to your care provider just to make sure it's not something serious.

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