How can I dry up my milk supply?

Please don’t judge. I’m just looking for some advice. My baby is now five days old, and I love him to bits. So far, he has been mainly formula fed with a few breastfeeds that I’ve expressed milk into bottles for. I thought I wanted to primarily pump breast milk to bottles to feed him as this is what I did with my first, but this time around, I’m really not enjoying it and finding the whole thing overwhelming and uncomfortable. I have decided to stop the breast milk and just feed my baby formula. At the end of the day, a happy, healthy momma is what he needs, not a sore emotional momma who’s really not enjoying what should be a meaningful experience. My problem is my boobs are so uncomfortable, and I’m not sure about the best tactics to help dry up my supply. So far, I’ve only expressed a handful of times during the five days he’s been born, the most I’ve expressed is 35 ml out each boob. My question is, how should I Express to help dry up my supply? My boobs are huge and quite solid and uncomfortable. I know I can’t just stop cold Turkey but not sure how often and how long I should Express to ease them up.

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Cabbage leaves in the bra

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Just Google it. There are a few ways to do it. And don’t let anyone shame you, it’s your choice.

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Take some thing for congestion like Sudafed

Cabbage leaves (don’t judge it works and the coolness :ok_hand:t3:) and have some1 wrap ur boobs tightly wit either towel, blanket or sheet. Gud luck it’s kinda painful boobs fill up and ouch :confounded:

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What i did was use ace wraps tightly wrapped around my breasts. Its called binding the breasts. Being that the baby is only 5 days old it may take a bit. I got the tip from my grandmother who did the same type of thing to stop her milk. But honestly best idea is talk to ur dr. He/she is up to date on the best things to do.

cabbage leaves baby girl cabbage leaves

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also avoid all hot water if possible hot water brings your milk down

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Frozen cabbage leaves and a very tight fitting sports bra. Also Benadryl will dry you up as well.

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Cabbage in your bra!!

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Your doctor will give you something, and a tight fitting bra should work.

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When i was doing the cabbage leaf thing, NOBODY told me to roll and fold them first to break the skin BEFORE putting it on. I discovered this on accident. Much more effective. Highly recommend 10/10 lol

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Tight sports bra and Wrap an ace elastic bandage around you really tight and use frozen peas!

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Happy momma Happy baby that’s what is most important. Do what’s best for you, your baby and your family! DO NOT express or massage your breasts DO NOT use hot water! I’m a maternity nurse and a lactation consultant the more you do this the more your body will think you need milk. Motrin, tight fitting bra and ice will be your best friend! Also they typically do not give medications to dry up your supply! There is no scientific evidence for cabbage leaves but people swear by it!

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I swear that was the most painful thing for me
Good luck I’ve always heard the cabbage leaves work

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Birth control pills dried my milk

Just wanted to say you’re doing an amazing job. Good luck.

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What I did was put both my hand up over my head when lying down. I Stretch my arms up. You’ll soon realize it’s all dried up- swear! I do that all the time when I want to stop the flow.

My baby is 14 days old and formula fed :blush::blush:
#FedisBest :purple_heart:

Have your mom or friend wrap you with ace bandages, wear sports bras and pack ice packs in it. It should take a week or 2 for it to dry up. You will leak some in the shower, or when the baby cries, or even if you’re watching TV and a baby cries lol Don’t beat yourself up if you feel uncomfortable breast feeding. I refused in the hospital bc I wanted to do it in the privacy of my own home. I tried and couldn’t get the hang of it. Fed is best no matter what method or combinations of feeding you choose