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Old 05-20-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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Breast Feeding

My daughter had a baby boy on Sunday, and she refuses to breast feed. She is now suffering with swollen leaking breasts. She has bound them, but keeps leaking badly and is now having pain. Any suggestions as to how to stop the milk flow? Any idea how long it takes for the milk to dry up? And don't suggest she breast feed. She has some kind of phobia to it.

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

I've heard that large fresh green cabbage leaves inside the bra cups may help relieve engorgement.

If she doesn't nurse or express any milk, it should dry up within 10 days after it started.

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

Thanks! Yes, she heard about the cabbage leaves and her husband bought a head of cabbage last night.

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

there is a shot they can give you but I think they have to do that within so many hours of delivery. Why didn't she just get that?

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

Congratulations on being a Grandmother!

Your daughter's doctor has to be told she is not breast feeding. She will give her a shot of something, and the milk will dry up. It should have been done right after the birth, and I am surprised it wasn't. She can use ice packs to relieve the pain. Although breast milk is best, there are excellent infant feeding formulas available. Make sure her obstetrician is informed of the pain and discomfort; binding is an old fashioned method that does not work and is not needed once she has the injection. Good luck; enjoy the baby!

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They don't give those shots anymore. Binding should not be done because it blocks the milk ducts and can cause infection. Sage or peppermint tea can help. Ice packs, tylenol.

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Thank you all for your advice. My daughter did use the cabbage leaves and she feels so much better.

And her baby boy was my 6th Grandson. My daughter in law had her baby boy 3 days before my daughter.

What a week!!!

 
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Ladies my sister needs some help, she just went through some serious problems with her babies birth. She had her baby two month early because her body started rejecting the baby. Her new husband (they have been married for only 7 months) was also causing her serious stress because of some of the things he was caught doing with the neighbors wife. But now all the stress she is under is causing her not to be able to express any milk for the baby, my nephew is only just over 3 pounds right now and he needs breast milk to continue gaining weight. Can any of you help her with a suggestions on what to do?

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

Get some formula!

 
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Re: Breast Feeding

Buzzy, Congrats on your new babies...I too, suggest she call her doctor for advice.


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Ladies my sister needs some help, she just went through some serious problems with her babies birth. She had her baby two month early because her body started rejecting the baby. Her new husband (they have been married for only 7 months) was also causing her serious stress because of some of the things he was caught doing with the neighbors wife. But now all the stress she is under is causing her not to be able to express any milk for the baby, my nephew is only just over 3 pounds right now and he needs breast milk to continue gaining weight. Can any of you help her with a suggestions on what to do?
CA man, First and formost is your daughter's well being. She is in a very precarious situation, and needs some help. Is there anyway she and the baby could stay with you, until the baby is thriving? Living under so much stress is not healthy for either one of them. She needs to be calm, rested, well nourished, hydrated, fell safe and secure, in order for her to nurse. Do not give up! Three days is not long enough for many women to get a supply of breast milk. Before the milk comes the colostrum, which then stimulates milk supply. It is important to keep trying, even if you need to nourish the baby shortly with formula. Many preemys need to learn to suck.

When my frist child was born (25 years ago), I had so much milk that I donated it to the Childrens Hospital, just for babies like your nephew....who needed a little help getting started. Unfortunately, programs like those are no longer available, due to the AIDS virus. Mothers milk is the best for babies, so give her a lot of positve encouragement, patients, and love. I would also let her doctor know. Most hospitals have lactation specialists who are very helpful to new mom's, and nursing.

Good luck, and good health

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