How to Stop the Outgoing Breast Milk after the Child is Weaned
Windowofworld.com – Apart from the breastfeeding period, the period of weaning a child is one of the moments that are sometimes difficult for most of the mothers. This is because in addition to facing the child’s crying, Mama also has to try to reduce the supply of breast milk.
But all must be done patiently and gradually. If not, what happens is that the milk supply will increase and make the breasts prone to inflammation known as mastitis.
As a result of inflammation, your breasts can become swollen, painful, and you can even get a fever and chills due to mastitis.
So, what are the ways that can be done to stop the breast milk that still comes out after the child is weaned, huh? The following Popmama.com summarizes the information for Mama from various sources:
1. Patience reduces the frequency of breastfeeding
After Mama has succeeded in weaning your little one, it doesn’t mean that breast milk production will just stop, Ma. All still need a process and time that may not be short.
Reported by Healthline, breast milk can actually naturally decrease its own production when you are no longer breastfeeding or stimulating your breasts. However, this reduction in production depends on how long you breastfeed, not instantly.
In the process of reducing the frequency of breastfeeding, use a bra that is the right size so as not to put pressure on the breast. In addition, if there is pain, you can apply ice to the breast to reduce inflammation.
Then, if the breasts feel swollen, express the milk little by little by hand. That way, the breasts will not be stimulated to return to producing large amounts of breast milk.
2. Consume sage leaf tea
You can also use herbal remedies to help stop breast milk production, one of which is sage.
According to a study published in the journal PubMed Central, sage leaves can help you in the weaning period.
For maximum benefits, use powdered sage. Use one tablespoon of sage powder as a tea, then drink it at least 1-2 times a day.
However, stop consumption if you feel your heart rate is increasing, yes. If necessary, consult a lactation doctor before you take this herb.
3. Cover the bra with cabbage
Did you know that cabbage or cabbage can also be used to treat swollen breasts? Yes, although further research is still needed, there is nothing wrong with trying this method.
Wash the cabbage leaves and dry them, then place them in a clean container and put them in the refrigerator to cool. To use it, place one cabbage leaf over the breast before wearing a bra.
Change the cabbage leaves every 2 hours or when they feel wilted. Apart from reducing swollen breasts, cold cabbage can also make your breasts feel comfortable.
4. Take the contraceptive pill
If you do take contraceptive pills or birth control pills, this also helps stop milk production when the child is weaned.
The hormone estrogen contained in combination birth control pills is known to reduce breast milk supply. However, birth control pills may not be suitable for all women because of the risk of blood clots.
Consult your doctor first before taking birth control pills, yes. This was reported by Healthy Mummy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not actually recommend the use of contraception to stop breast milk production, but it all depends on the doctor’s decision to treat mom with all her medical considerations.
5. Drink peppermint tea
Apart from sage leaf extract, another herbal plant that can be used to help stop breast milk production when weaning is peppermint leaves.
Peppermint produces high levels of estrogen, which in most women can help reduce milk supply. Not only from tea, but all types of foods that contain peppermint are believed to have this benefit.
6. Relieve pain with medication or compresses
When trying to stop the milk supply, don’t forget to reduce the pain and swelling that can occur with the ice pack. In addition, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol.
Not only does it help reduce the pain you feel, this type of drug is generally safe for consumption by breastfeeding mothers. Especially if you are still breastfeeding your little one every now and then.
Avoid using a bra that is too tight because it will make Mama even more uncomfortable and the swelling becomes even more painful.
7. Take other drugs according to a doctor’s prescription
Apart from birth control pills, there are several other types of oral medications that are known to contribute to breast milk production. One of them is cabergoline or cabergoline.
This drug works by stopping the body’s production of prolactin. Prolactin itself is needed by the body to produce breast milk.
But before consuming it, you should consult with your lactation doctor first to find out the benefits and side effects.
Watch for mastitis symptoms when weaning
Quoted from the website of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), mothers who are weaning or have just weaned are prone to experiencing mastitis. This is a condition in which there is inflammation of the breast tissue accompanied by infection.
Symptoms that are usually seen when you have mastitis include fever, chills, sweating a lot, there are red streaks on the breasts, and the breasts feel warm.
These symptoms are usually accompanied by a lump in the breast when pressed. If mastitis is severe enough, even the nipples can become swollen and reddish in color.
By the doctor, usually to determine whether this is mastitis or not an ultrasound examination (USG) will be performed. For treatment, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and analgesics.
That’s the way to stop the milk that still comes out after the child is weaned. Don’t hesitate to consult a doctor if after weaning and doing these methods but breast milk still comes out, Ma.