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Drying Up Milk

Can not wearing a bra at night cause my milk to keep producing and not dry up?  It leaks at night, but it does not leak during the day when I wear a bra.  How long should it take to dry up?

Re: Drying Up Milk

  • Your LO is still pretty new--your milk should dry up in less than a week.  I know this sounds weird, but the LC I worked with told me to shove cabbage leaves in my bra overnight to help dry up the one side I'm not using and it worked.  Yes, it's totally weird, no I don't know why it works.  I wore a nursing tank to bed until the one side dried up.  Now I don't bother, but I also get up to pump when LO gets up to eat.

    Nancy James 9.1.12

    Calvin Donald 8.27.14

  • I was still leaking occasionally at 5 weeks...not much but just a little here and there. I wore a sports bra quite a bit up until then.
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  • My LO is 7 weeks right now and I still leak, I have been wearing tight sports bras since day one and being careful when showering, I am to the point where they don't hurt and seem to be mostly dried but it can take a while. Also I did try the cabbage leaf thing and I cannot tell you if it helped or not because I only made it two days and couldn't take it. The smell of the cabbage was so awful I think I preferred leaking.

  • I have been told that antihistamines (like Benadryl or Claritin) help dry milk faster.


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