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My toddler and I just weaned yesterday - bittersweet - he is doing fine but my boobies hurt! I don't want to pump bc I don't want to encourage milk production. My question: how long did it take for your milk to dry up? We had been down to 1/day for some time, so I didn't think I was still producing much milk.

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Probably only a day or so.
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when both mine weaned we were down to once a day nursing as well. It took about 2 weeks before I could no longer get even a drop.

 
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Wow. I just came here to ask this exact question. My 3 year old weaned at least 6 months ago and I am still producing milk. Not a ton, but it's still there. I'm guessing that sometimes it just takes a lot of time. But the full/engorged feeling should go away within a week I would think.
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Probably only a day or so.
My 4 year old goes up to a week between milk-sessions, and my breasts still make milk and ache in a milk sort of way.

So I'm thinking that this is definitely individual. saysumthing might have experienced a day, I know it would take longer than a week (who knows how much longer???), and HeatherHeather has experienced 6 months! Very very individual.
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I've heard different things from different people and I think it just depends. If you are really engorged maybe try pumping just a bit or hand-expressing to make it comfortable and avoid plugged ducts and then taper off. Cabbage leaves can help too. Or since he's a toddler he may decide to start up again so you may want to pump to keep a supply just in case...although it sounds like that's not what you both want?
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My son and I also stopped BF 16 days ago and I still have milk. I came here to ask this same question because I was very much engorged and plugged up. I had to hand-express two times in the past 2 weeks to get some relief.

My mother told me she knew of a woman who could still make milk 3 months after weaning her child.

So I guess it's very much an individual thing.

I also read somewhere that it is not a good idea to get intimate if you are trying to wean or (dry up the milk), as the hormones stimulate more milk production. I tried to find the source of this info, but couldn't find it. Seems to make sense. Anybody else have info on that?

Also what do you do with the cabbage leaves? Eat them? Put them on your boobs? Sorry, it's a silly question but I had to ask.
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For those of you CLW, it's quite likely that your children will nurse a few more times before totally weaned.

It's rarely abrupt- this is the last nursing-

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I weaned my almost 4 year old at the begining of the summer and could express milk a full 2 months later.... all dry now after another 2 months. My breasts didn't hurt after the first couple of weeks but everytime I went to see if there was milk... there was!!!
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13 months later and I still have milk. Def plugs and a lump in nipple. Any advice on what else to try????
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Moving to BBBI.

Also - I didn't have pain when my 4yo weaned, [~6 months ago] but there's definately still milk there. I had a moment today when walking through the formula aisle at the grocery store - "But, wait! I've got milk! I'm sure I could nurse some of those babies!" Riiiiiight....

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My toddler and I just weaned yesterday - bittersweet - he is doing fine but my boobies hurt! I don't want to pump bc I don't want to encourage milk production. My question: how long did it take for your milk to dry up? We had been down to 1/day for some time, so I didn't think I was still producing much milk.

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Why was this placed here?

Your boobies are telling you to continue to feed.
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Why was this placed here?

Your boobies are telling you to continue to feed.
What an inappropriate thing to post! Your breasts only produce when/what needed! They dont TELL you to continue to nurse and you can't FORCE your child to nurse if they decide not too! Thats silly! Everyones horomones respond differently to weaning! Plus for those who have nursed for years your body is proboly just in the habit of producing milk and now has to learn to stop! Eventually it will stop it just takes time! Also something my friend did when she started weaning was wear a tighter bra, like a sports bra with breast pads and that seemed to help she said!
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