The Milk Stops Here

I nursed my son for the last time,Monday:/ He started formula only bottles on Sunday, but I was still nursing when he woke up at night. I always said 6 months was my cut off, but I was hesitant once the time came. There was a bond that I didn’t want to break, but I knew I had to. The longer I continued, the worse it would be when I stopped. So, Tuesday night, when he woke up, I went to the kitchen and made him a bottle. At first, he was reluctant and refused. (He always takes a bottle like a champ for Daddy, but not from me.) I didn’t force him, but I was nervous. What if he never takes a bottle from me?
After a few minutes passed, I tried again an Eureka!! He gulped it down like a pro! That hurdle was clear, but I wasn’t off the track yet. Now, I had to deal with the process of drying up my milk supply.

By Tuesday afternoon, I had two cement blocks where my breast use to be! Me, being me, I researched what to do:

Put cabbage on them, cold compresses, hot compresses, sage tea, ibuprofen, express a little, don’t express too much…. the list went on an on.

I finally resorted to ice packs strapped to my chest, picking a few leaves of sage from my garden, for tea and pumping just enough to relieve the pain. I’m guessing it’s working. Today, my breast still feel full, but they aren’t hard and I have no pain. This is a good thing, right? Hopefully, this process won’t take long.

Did you wean your baby or quit cold turkey? What method did you use to dry up your milk?


  • Reply Kita June 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I stopped a little earlier than that but I used cabbage to dry mines up and it dried up within days. I did not do breastfeeding for my son because I was young and did not know enough about it but I did try it with my daughter and I introduced both from the beginning and it was not a problem to stop cold turkey.

  • Reply Amber June 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I didn’t make it past the first two weeks of nursing my daughter. 🙁 The engorgement was SO painful! I also used cabbage and ice to ease the pain and eventually dry my milk up. I was also nursing with a nipple shield, so she had no problem taking a bottle.

  • Reply Jennifer June 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you, ladies, for letting me know what worked for you. My breast are full but they still aren’t hard and still no pain:) I’m going continue to drink the sage tea and see if it will dry up the milk I have left.
    Amber, I dealt with engorgement in the beginning. I understand the pain! My husband keeps RJ in the evenings so he expected bottles from him. However, it was a new concept to get a bottle from me. Now, he acts as if he wasn’t attached to my breast for the last 7 months!

  • Reply Constance June 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I nursed you know who for the last time on Monday too! (It was his birthday and our official cut-off day). So far the sage tea has been a disgusting but effective solution for me. I bought the cabbage for the compresses but as of yet I haven’t used it.

    • Reply Jenni June 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Yeah, I’m thinking 3yrs was good! LOL I drank the tea once and didn’t do the cabbage, just ice packs and pumping a little for relief. How is he dealing with being “cut-off”?!

  • Reply YUMMommy June 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I nursed Moo for almost two years. So, I guess that would be considered weaning. It’s actually less painful engorgment wise the longer you nurse because the baby will gradually nurse less once you introduce food and the sippy cup.

    • Reply Jenni June 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

      He was nursing less so it was a little easier. I had a couple days of engorgement, but it wasn’t as bad or as drawn as I thought it would be.

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