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medication to dry up breast milk?

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ashleyisawesome is a BSN, RN and specializes in LDRP.

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Nascar nurse has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC & Hospice.

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I had babies in 94 and 95. No meds given. suffered horribly with the first one for about 48 hours. Second time I asked for a prescription for just 10 Darvocet at discharge - worked like a charm. Of course this option isn't available today either.

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muesli has 6 years experience and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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Working a nursing job where no one covered my breaks and there was no lactation room for my shift helped my milk dry up really quick.

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robby5313 has 3 years experience.

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Yes, my daughter was born in 1993 and I think they JUST stopped using it!

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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I don't know if bromocriptine is the generic name for Parlodel, but that is another med that was commonly given (ETA: just googled and they're the same drug).

Clomid, if taken in the early days after birth, works pretty well at drying up milk. Estrogen has that effect as well.

I have recently talked to a few women who needed to quickly wean for health reasons, and the advice I generally give is to suck on Altoids all day long, and drink lots and lots of sage tea.

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I just wanted to chime in on the cabbage leaves. I was told to use the red cabbage and it worked wonders! I think it still took a couple of weeks to dry up. but no pain and minimal swelling!

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nrsang97 has 19 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg.

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We have given parlodel ( or bromocriptine) for many reasons in the Neuro ICU. We give it when someone is in diencephelon storm. We also gave it to a few women after pregnancy who weren't able to breast feed due to medications that they were taking. My friend was on it due to a pituitary tumor.

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Along the same lines as cabbage, sage is also known to dry up breastmilk (commonly in the form of sage tea...). Just some random info for your googling fun :)

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SamL has 5 years experience and specializes in Aged Care, Dementia, Mental Health.

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I also have to recommend using Cabbage Leaves.. along with binding up the breasts or a really tight bra/top. I was never given the option of medication and wouldn't have taken it anyway. Just a personal choice.

I couldn't breastfeed any of my 3 kiddies, and found that my milk had dried up within the first few days using this method.

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emmanewgrad has 2 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, & ED.

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How in the world is cabbage used to dry up milk? :eek::eek::eek::eek:

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SamL has 5 years experience and specializes in Aged Care, Dementia, Mental Health.

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Not exactly sure but apparently something in it reduces swelling, improves blood flow to the breasts and has antibiotic properties.

Personally, I thought it was just the cold as it was always a better relief just after applying and I was constantly changing to new, cold leaves.

Edit: Also, I don't know if it actually dries up the milk, but makes the process a little more tolerable.

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tntrn has 34 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in L & D; Postpartum.

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Back in the 70's (I had babies in 1972 and 1976) we used a drug called deladumone. It worked great if you refrain from stimulating your breasts in any way (even as little bit as washing in the shower) which no one bothered to tell me:)

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tparks specializes in emergency.

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My ob had me take sudafed and I dried up in 2 days with no discomfort. :)

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