Breast-feeding is a natural and convenient way to feed your newborn baby, but it may not be an option for all women. If you decide not to breast-feed, there are several things that you can do to be more comfortable.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body produces many hormones to help prepare to deliver a baby. A hormone called prolactin helps the breasts to produce milk.
Within several days after your baby is born, your breasts will stop producing milk. However, you may have other symptoms, such as:
Here are some suggestions that may help relieve your discomfort while your breasts stop making milk:
Some women find that nonprescription pain medicine gives relief from the discomfort. It is a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about the use of any medicine to be sure that the medicine is OK for you to use.
Some breast-feeding experts recommend using cool cabbage leaves to treat painful breast engorgement. Many women who have tried cabbage leaves claim the treatment brings relief from discomfort and improves milk flow. Whether improvement results from the cool wraps or from a specific property in cabbage is not known. Here is how you can use cabbage leaves for engorgement:
In the past, certain medicines were used to stop milk production. "Dry-up" medicines are no longer given to women who choose to not to breast-feed.