Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-26

Breastfeeding options

Dear Doc

I weaned my youngest a week ago after breastfeeding him for nine months. The Dr pescirbed Dostinex. I took the first dose just after I breastfed for the very last time.
It has been a week now and my breasts feel heavy (though not completely full). I have not let my baby breastfeed or expressed any milk, because I do not want to stimulate lactation.
However, I feel that there is some milk left over in my breast. Will this disappear over time or should I express it in order to prevent abscesses etc?

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Dear Anonymous
You don't have to express the milk, it will disappear over time. If your breasts are sore, it may help to take an anti-inflammatory like Brufen for a few days. It can take up to 10 days for breasts to return to "normal" after you stopped breastfeeding. Signs of infection (mastitis) is a red swollen warm area on the breast.
Dr Bets

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