Posted in Parent's Health, Pumping

How to deal with engorgement pain when trying to dry up.

Anonymous

I recently decided that for my own health I would stop pumping. I was exclusively pumping for my baby. She is three months tomorrow and I have felt so much guilt about stopping. But I am under so much stress at work and just about having to pump all day. I felt like that was the only thing I was allowed to do was pump. I barely slept through the night because I would always wake to pump. I only pumped four times yesterday each time only about 10 minutes. Today I have only pumped twice and for five minutes. I am super engorged and I need help with dealing with the pain. Any tips or suggestions for that?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 30

    I would try to avoid just quitting cold turkey, I think slowly but surely really helps. People say cabbage leaves work, but they only last a few minutes, I was in so much pain I skipped that and straight up put ice packs on my boobs lol it was the best. I also took sudafed, it’s supposed to help dry up milk as well! Pain only lasted 2 days.... just push through it!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 30

    I’m not trying to quit cold turkey I have only pumped twice today because of work so it’s just harder.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 30

    Yeah I understand, just pump enough to relieve some pain!! That should help too

  • Julie
    Oct 30

    I exclusively pumped for a year so I (literally) feel your pain!! Making it to three months is amazing and you shouldn’t feel guilty (easier said than done, I know). Us mamas are all rock stars!! If possible, take a hot shower and let the warm water run over your boobs while you hand express enough to stop the engorgement but not enough to empty. I stepped my pumps down one at a time, one week each. So basically by 11 months I was already down to 4 pumps a day (starting at 6 months I dropped one daily pump each month). So by the time I was at 12 months I was only pumping once per day and was only expressing about 10 oz each time. That started to slow down pretty quickly and when I went 24 hours and only pumped 3 oz I stopped...Then about 2 days later I became seriously engorged so I started hand expressing in the shower, just enough to alleviate the pain. I had todo that for about 2 weeks. If you want to accelerate it you can step the pumps down more aggressively...you should definitely try hand expressing in the shower though. It helps!!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 30

    Right now I’m down to four pumps per day but I’m only pumping about 5 minutes each time just to get the pain to go away. I am getting less than 25 Mls each time I pump so I feel like it’s pointless sometimes

  • Jenn
    Oct 30

    Cabbage leaves - take a rolling pin and break the vines, it releases the sulfur which helps with inflammation. Sage tea helps, too.

  • Jenn
    Oct 31

    If you can't pump because you are at work, I'd say go into the bathroom and hand express just to relieve the pain. That's what I did at the end when I was drying up and it worked great.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 31

    When I try to hand express it hurts because I am so engorged. I have been using ice packs on it so far.

  • Julie
    Oct 31

    I would call your obgyn or a lactation consultant and ask for advice. But you can also try taking antihistamines. I know they will decrease supply for some women so it may help now too.