Breast-feeding is a natural and convenient way to feed your newborn baby, but it may not be right for you, or possible. If you decide not to breast-feed, there are several things that you can do to be more comfortable.
During pregnancy, your body makes many hormones to help prepare to deliver a baby. A hormone called prolactin helps your breasts to produce milk.
Within several days after your baby is born, your breasts will stop making milk if you do not breast feed or express your milk. However, you may have other symptoms during this time, such as:
Here are some ways to help relieve discomfort while your breasts stop making milk:
Nonprescription pain medicine may help. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use any medicine to be sure that the medicine is OK for you to use.
Some breast-feeding experts recommend using cool cabbage leaves to treat painful breast engorgement. Many women who have tried cabbage leaves claim the treatment brings relief from discomfort. Why this works is not known. Here is how you can use cabbage leaves for engorgement:
In the past, certain medicines were used to stop milk production. These medicines are no longer given to women who choose not to breast-feed.