When does breast milk dry up?

When does breast milk dry up?

Once you wean your baby for good your breast milk will dry up in about one week. As your body started preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy, so will is prepare to reduce milk production. At about four months into pregnancy your breasts will start secreting the first drops of milk, and once baby is born you will produce more. Prolactine is the hormone charged with the production of milk. If you don't extract milk, either by breastfeeding or with a pump, your body slows the production of prolacine to the point where it stops producing milk. You might feel more comfortable if you use a reinforced bra. Do not bind your breasts as this could cause an infection such as mastitis, or could block the ducts. It will also make you very uncomfortable. You can use cool water compresses, or bags of ice, or take an anti-inflammatory medication that does not contain steroids, such as ibuprofen, to relieve any discomfort. If your breasts feel swollen you could extract a small amount of milk to relieve the swelling but remember that the more milk you extract you are giving your body orders to produce more milk thus getting the exact opposite effect you are seeking which is to dry up your breasts.Avoid taking warm or hot showers, because the heat helps the production of mik.



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