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CABBAGE to stop milk production while PREGNANT

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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Exclamation CABBAGE to stop milk production while PREGNANT

I'm 7 weeks preg w my 4th child (SO NOT PLANNED) and i have high risk preg. On top of which I was recently diagnosed w a threatened miscarriage and advised to rest and stop nursing my 15 month old (which I don't mind at all).

He doesn't ask for milk BUT the problem is that I feel engorged. I can express milk to get some relief but...

Can use cabbage leaves on my breast to help reduce the milk production (I have read this can help). I of course want to make sure that it will not harm the unborn I am trying to keep safe.


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Old 08-14-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: CABBAGE to stop milk production while PREGNANT

Can't your doctor give you some medication to dry you up? Or is it not compatible with pregnancy?

I know that when I stopped breastfeeding I felt engorged for a few days, but it eventually went away.

In general, cold compresses of any sort (cabbage leaves chilled in the fridge, chilled washclothes, etc.) will stop the flow, while warm compresses will help the flow get going. So yes, chilled cabbage leaves should help.

Old 08-14-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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Re: CABBAGE to stop milk production while PREGNANT

I tried cabbage leaves but they were hard to keep in place. Cold packs worked best for me as well as sage tea. It took a good week for my breasts to feel soft, maybe two before they stopped leaking (hot showers are a no-no b/c they encourage let down). Now my breasts are so much smaller than they were pre-pregnancy.

I also wore a bra 24/7. The OB said to wear one smaller than I usually wear so that it was tight.

Good luck with it. It's not a fun thing to go though.

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