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I didn't know where to post this, so I thought I would try here and someone would direct me in the right direction. I had a sweet baby last Friday who passed on Saturday. My milk came in full force this week and although my 2 year old still nurses maybe 3 times a day, I am in pain with engorgement most of the time. I need help decreasing my supply. My midwife told me the doctor could give me a pill to decrease it, but I don't want to take that step since I am still nursing my DS. Is there anything naturally I can do to decrease it--the baseballs in my breasts are soooooo sore, especially in the middle of the night!!
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. I have oversupply issues and I have taken 1/4 tsp dried sage 2x/day and it reduced my supply significantly. Sudafed also works.<br><br>
My prayers are with you!
 

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Oh mama... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your little one. I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it is to have so much milk but no babe to nurse. I wish I could say something to help ease the pain.<br><br>
Will your DD nurse more often? If not, there are a few things you can do to help your body slow down. First, you can pump, but just enough so that you are comfortable, you don't want to empty your breasts because that will tell them to keep making more milk. Some moms have found it helpful to take a cabbage leaf (not sure why it works, but I've read that it helps), crush it a little so the big spines in it break a bit, and put it in your bra. For some reason that will help you to dry up.<br><br>
Don't bind your breasts though because that can cause mastitis...<br><br>
I don't know if this is something you would be interested in, or if this would help you emotionally, but have you considered donating your milk? It's just a thought.<br><br>
Take care mama, my thoughts are with you... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how difficult things must be right now.<br><br>
The above suggestions are good ones. You could also try block feeding-- feeding on one breast at a time for several hours. The problem may be that your engorgement could hurt more for a while.<br><br>
Otherwise, Sudafed does reduce supply (I found this out by accident). Or, you could just let it abate on its own, pumping minimally for a little relief.<br><br>
I hope you find a solution, and healing.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what you're going through.<br><br>
I second the suggestion to use cabbage leaves. Wash them in water and just put one in each of your bra cups for a couple of hours at a time. It feels good and will help with the engorgement. Continued use will drop supply, too.<br><br>
Here's a link on herbs for decreasing supply from kellymom.com: <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/herbs_to_avoid.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/herbs_to_avoid.html</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My thoughts are with you!
 

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Barbara,<br>
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby girl. When my milk came in after my 3rd dd was stillborn, I did whatever felt ok at the time. Sometimes ice (mostly bags of frozen peas), sometimes a warm shower and I used cabbage leaves (cutting a hole for the nipple) which didn't seem to work much for me but the coolness of the cabbage felt good. If your son is willing to nurse, let him as much as possible to relieve you. His closeness may feel good to both of you too. There is also hand expressing, massage, and pumping to comfort if you want. Eventually your body will regulate again. It is so hard. I found the engorgement so painful and sad but also a reminder that no matter how surreal things seemed that they really happened. And I think that is pretty typical; at least for me I sometimes still don't believe that something so bad happened to me.<br>
Take care of yourself, mama. You are in my heart.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle"> Naiya Mei
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm so sorry...
 

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I am new around here and have been lurking, but I do know how to stop some of that milk and it not be so painful. Due to the fact that I was severely misinformed (don't flame me, I never plan to do that again), I stopped breastfeeding my son at 3 weeks after exclusively pumping and having a massive supply. I read an old wives tale to heat witch hazel in a crockpot and soak cloths in it. Then put them over the top and bottom of the breast. It really took away my engorgement when I stopped almost cold turkey. You can also put a heating pad on top of the cloths. It really only took about a day to dry it up to where I wasn't in so much pain. I still had milk and could have kept breastfeeding or started back at any time, so it shouldn't have a negative impact on the two year old. I'm SO sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine.
 
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