*I’m not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. It is just my experience.*
I wanted to dry up my milk as soon as possible. I had a very healthy milk supply with my first two living children and my supply after Tinsley’s delivery was no different.
I became extremely engorged within the first couple days, although I tried all the suggestions below.
- Wear a tight sports bra
- Put cold cabbage leaves on your breasts/in your bra
- Ice your chest
- Avoid hot showers
- Avoid touching or stimulating your breasts
- Drink Peppermint or Sage teas.
What finally worked for me: Taking Sudafed and binding my chest with an ace bandage. I had my husband wrap my chest as tightly as I could stand it. I hand expressed a couple ducts in the shower when the pain became unbearable. This was a really physically painful process for me. It took about 5 days of intense binding for it to stop and a full month for the leaking to stop. 13 weeks out, I still experiencing leaking on occasions (particularly when I’m crying or thinking about Tinsley. Our bodies are amazing).
Some mothers choose to pump and donate their breastmilk. I don’t know much about this, but if you are interested in this route, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America seems like a good place to start your research.