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sandhillcranes 09-23-2012 10:37 AM

Im done pumping. Stopped several days ago. I did taper down to prevent engorement. My question is this...there is still milk in both breasts and it feels hard. I feel very uncomfortable. I want to be done pumping. Do I pump or let it ride? I dont want to get mastitis or something crazy.

Please do not quote me in replies.

Kyonarai 09-24-2012 01:55 PM

Re: Done
I would continue to pump a little bit, just enough so that you're comfortable. Them being hard will lead to mastitis. I've gotten mastitis twice just from over sleeping and missing a pumping by a few hours, and I ended up in the urgent care clinic the last time. Please be careful.

Wanderlust 09-24-2012 01:59 PM

Re: Done
I did the same as Kyonarai...I just pumped enough to get comfortable. If I did feel anything hard, I'd pump just enough to get it out. When I was over the weaning part and decided I was done, I went back on my allergy medicine and that helped dry me up quickly

sandhillcranes 09-24-2012 07:16 PM

Thanks mamas. I did end up pumping and they feel way better now. :)

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Liadan23 09-25-2012 01:54 PM

Re: Done
also, get some cabbage and put cabbage leaves in your bra. i know it sounds weird, but it dried me up very fast when i was weaning my son. just change them out several times a day to keep them fresh (i didn't wear them to work, so just in the evenings, and it still helped a lot).

BuckeyeHokieMommy 09-25-2012 06:13 PM

Re: Done
i would say to continue to keep yourself comfortable; pump as needed. let your body be your guide! it will soon get the message. good luck!

hohaas 09-28-2012 01:55 PM

Yeah just pump enough to be comfortable. Your supply will dwindle in time

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