The quantity of your breast milk will gradually reduce when your breast is supported firmly and you still don’t express as much milk that is needed for you to be comfortable.
Mothers mostly first-time ones will want their milk to dry up as soon as possible or at least stop milk from leaking excessively (a full breast can be very uncomfortable and heavy for most women).
Leakage of the breast when not breastfeeding will make your breast full and heavy, and when your breast is full and heavy without all the milk getting out, it will become painful and uncomfortable for you.
Methods of stopping painfully full breast
The following are some easy ways you can possibly relieve the pain of a full breast with leaking milk:
- You should always wear a firm bra every day, day and night to keep you comfortable and hold your breast up.
- Make use of breast pads in your bra over your nipple, to soak your leaked milk, make sure to change them regularly immediately after the pad gets wet, to avoid an unpleasant smell.
- Making use of cold packs in bra, cold bath, and cold compress after bath, some mothers make use of ice cubes, to relax their nerves and relieve swelling or relieve the pain of the nipple.
- Placing Refrigerated cabbage leaves inside your bra and changing frequently when it’s warm or becomes limp, will soothe your nipple ache. Do make sure the cabbage leaves are washed/clean, and only use the flat surfaces of the cabbage, cut out any thick side or bump on the leaf. Repeat action until your breast stops aching and you feel it is less full.
- Avoid any stressful activities on your breast because being so full they are delicate and can easily be bruised.
- Try pumping out some milk whenever your breast is too full or heavy, you will feel relieved for some time but it will only last for a while because your mothering body will replace the milk you pumped out.
- Only your doctor would be able to prescribe mild painkiller medicines to you to help relieve your nipple ache.
- Do not try to starve yourself of water, or any liquid, reducing your liquid intake will not reduce the amount of your milk, your body needs water and should get water no matter what.
- A sleeping position that may relieve pain and leakage, lying on your side and supporting your breast with a throw pillow, or lying on your chest with a pillow under your hips to reduce the pressure on your already heavy breast and place a bra pad or soft napkin, towel to soak the leaked breast milk from soaking your bed.
- Lactation suppresses medications are options you can consider but do not take them on your own impulse, If you feel the need, only your doctor should be the one to prescribe any form of drug to suppress the overflowing of your breast milk.
The above methods have been proven saviors for most mothers in relieve of pain, discomfort, and aches.
How to stop leaking breast
When breastfeeding, the mother’s breasts tend to leak and leak even more when you are no longer breastfeeding, and it can be uncomfortable and painful.
The following are some ways to stop or reduce the amount of milk in your breast and the leaking of milk:
- Do not use breast pads that hold moisture on the skin, when using breast pads, wear a free bra, that won’t add pressure on your breast, or make your breast tight. If the bra you were makes you feel constrictive or uncomfortable when you lie down, it can result in blockage of your milk ducts.
- If your milk starts to leak uncontrollably is coming out in big drops, you can press strongly on your nipple with your fingers or palm for a while. But it may be painful and your nipples may become bruised.
- If your breast becomes painfully over full or engorged with excess breast milk, and the above methods do not help, you should consider getting an electric breast pump, this device will help take out a lot of milk to ease your pain, and stop your breast milk from leaking or getting full up to that point for a few weeks or months.
When you leave your breast heavy and unattended, there is every possibility that either one or more of the milk ducts that transport milk to the nipple will get blocked.
Then a bump immediately forms and the breast will become painfully sore sometimes, the skin will become inflamed /hot, and other times red circles or patches will being to form on the skin.
If immediate action is not taken against the blockage, breast milk will be moved forcefully out from the milk duct, and into the breast tissue and this action will make the tissue inflamed.
You might begin to feel sick, feeling feverish, aches, and tired, when this happens, most mothers just think they’re coming down with a cold or the flu.
Rather this situation is referred to as MASTITIS and it happens very fast. You should see your doctor if you show any signs and symptoms familiar with the flu signs and symptoms.
And you can consider using an electric breast pump to extract excess milk or you can do it manually to eliminate the blockage.
Mastitis should be treated as soon as it has been discovered or it can result in breast abscess, although they happen very rarely.
Treatments for Blocked milk duct(s)
- Administer warmth/low heat to your breast this can be done by soaking a clean towel in slightly hot water (warm water won’t do a good job) and place on your breast and continue for about 10 to 15 minutes then pump milk out.
- Try expressing your breast milk every 2 to 3 hours to make your breast as empty as possible. When the blockage is gone, you can normally reduce your milk supply.
- Gently massage your breast frequently when expressing. If you’re expressing with your hands, endeavor to do it in the bathroom during a hot bath more effectively in a deep tub, and keep massaging.
These methods are supposed to work after a few days or weeks of practicing them. But if your duct blockage is not cleared in a few days, and you still feel sick, unwell, or maybe feverish, go see your doctor immediately.
How long breast should leak even when not breastfeeding?
The length of time your breast will leak even though you are not breastfeeding relies on a couple of factors:
- How old your baby is present if given birth / what stage of your pregnancy you’re in if still expecting?
- The amount of milk that is leaked
- How much milk do you pump when expressing
- How much your nipples are intimately touched during lovemaking?
Final Note – How To Stop Leaking Breasts If Not Breastfeeding
In conclusion, all mothers do not experience the same thing, some mother’s milk will stop after a few weeks, others months.
But by the time you are done trying all the above methods, your body would have already stopped making milk, and your milk will have stopped leaking.
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