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Drink caffeine and take a decongestant. Both will help speed up the process. Fair warning - breast pads did nothing for me the first week. I kept washcloths in my bra. Also it is ok to express a little to be comfortable, just do it minimally. You dont want to get an infection.
There is an enzyme in cabbage that helps dries milk up. If you put cabbage leaves in your bra (Gross, I know.), replacing leaves every 2 hours or so, you should dry up in about two days.
This technique is also used for overproduction. A friend of mine had a real problem with it so her lactation consultant sat with her and did cabbage leaves for about 2 hours only to reduce milk production by just a hair for that day.
Completely natural and it will not ruin you having the oppertunity to breastfeed if you'd like to with another child in the future.
Mine were sore for 2 weeks with 2nd LO and for a couple of days with 1st LO.
Don't touch them, or try to think about it. Also the warm water of the shower will encourage milk, so be careful there.
I didn't have to wear pads or anything, but was lucky I guess.
It will go away and you will feel so much better.
kkoncz:i BF for 18 days and then threw in the towel. i was only in pain for 2 days!!! i actually didn't wear a tight bra, just took a couple extra hot showers... i am still leaking just a tad, but nothing out of control. good luck!
this. I BF for 18 days and then quit. I leaked severly for 2 days and was painfully engorged for 1 but I feel normal now.