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    I would actually caution AGAINST putting cabbage against your breasts. As soothing as it may feel. Since cabbage is actually used to get people to Slow or Stop lactating. I don't think it's a risk you should take at two weeks in. Since you are still needing to regulate your supply.
    And if they didn't give you a script for pain meds I would at least take some motrin before you try to nurse on the infected breast. So that you are able to work through the pain.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    I would actually caution AGAINST putting cabbage against your breasts. As soothing as it may feel. Since cabbage is actually used to get people to Slow or Stop lactating. I don't think it's a risk you should take at two weeks in. Since you are still needing to regulate your supply.
    And if they didn't give you a script for pain meds I would at least take some motrin before you try to nurse on the infected breast. So that you are able to work through the pain.
    I'm trying to find information on this as I've never heard of it before. I learned it from our health visitor (cabbage as relief) and I've read on a few sites (kellymom, BBC health ect) that recommend it as well. Here is what one site says...

    No adverse effects from using cabbage compresses have been reported. ** Some literature suggests that overuse of cabbage compresses can completely “dry up” the mother’s milk supply. To date, no one has observed this as a result of cabbage compresses. Since they work directly on trapped fluid, it is highly unlikely that cabbage compresses alone will affect milk supply.
    From http://www.lactationconsultant.info/cabbagecure.html
    I'm not an expert by any means, however, so you could be right. However what I am reading seems to go against the theory.
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    Default Re: Please help I'm about to give up

    It's always listed as a step to dry up milk. And I feel like I have seen women HERE do it. (Heather did you do it??) You have to be very careful with cabbage.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2044885_dry-...lk-supply.html
    http://family.helium.com/how-to/1030...st-milk-supply
    http://www.justmommies.com/articles/...-up-milk.shtml
    Last edited by @llli*djs.mom; April 20th, 2011 at 12:23 AM.

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    From what I can find about the research, chilled cabbage leaves are helpful with engorgement in the same way as cool gel packs or compresses -- the cold is soothing and may reduce swelling. They might be helpful if you're trying to reduce your supply because they'd make it more comfortable, but they don't in themselves have an effect on supply.

    njrori4511, how are you feeling today?

    The inflammation of mastitis keeps the milk from flowing, and that signals the breast to produce less milk. So you're right that the milk flow will come back once the antibiotics have kicked the infection, but it may take a few days for your supply to build back up to where it was.

    Are you taking an anti-inflammatory med like ibuprofen? You might check with your doctor to see what you could take and at what amounts, if you haven't already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*LLLKaren View Post
    From what I can find about the research, chilled cabbage leaves are helpful with engorgement in the same way as cool gel packs or compresses -- the cold is soothing and may reduce swelling. They might be helpful if you're trying to reduce your supply because they'd make it more comfortable, but they don't in themselves have an effect on supply.

    njrori4511, how are you feeling today?

    The inflammation of mastitis keeps the milk from flowing, and that signals the breast to produce less milk. So you're right that the milk flow will come back once the antibiotics have kicked the infection, but it may take a few days for your supply to build back up to where it was.

    Are you taking an anti-inflammatory med like ibuprofen? You might check with your doctor to see what you could take and at what amounts, if you haven't already.
    I tend to agree with Karen, and I think this is some good advice
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    Pardon Mama, haven't read all the other responses, but what may also help is filling your sink basin with warm (not too hot) water and literally drooping your breasts down into the water. Stand there for a few minutes (awkward I know) but your breasts should start releasing a bit of milk. Once they've done that it may be easier to massage them and coax them into releasing for you.

    Additionally - you're likely stressing yourself at this point (and I do not blame you!). Try using breathing exercises to make sure you're relaxed as you pump. Close your eyes and just focus on "Breathe in. . . 2. . . 3. . . 4. . . Breathe out . . . 2. . . 3. . . 4. . ." It may surprise you when you suddenly start hearing your milk dropping into the bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    It's always listed as a step to dry up milk. And I feel like I have seen women HERE do it. (Heather did you do it??) You have to be very careful with cabbage.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2044885_dry-...lk-supply.html
    http://family.helium.com/how-to/1030...st-milk-supply
    http://www.justmommies.com/articles/...-up-milk.shtml
    I wholeheartedly agree with Shelly as yes, I have tried it, and yes it did dry me up!! But my son was a lot older, so my milk wasn't his main source of nutrition.
    Cabbage leaves are awesome for getting relief, but take them off after a few minutes!

    Soy Lecithin (sp??) is something that helped me, I had bout after bout of horrible clogged ducts, you can find that at most pharmacies (i found it at walmart)
    Massaging is awesome advice, defintely in the shower-get the water as hot as you can stand it. Or get a hot hot wash cloth and hold it over your breast and massage on top of that. I even took my manual hand pump in the shower with me at times!
    Oh mama, it's so hard when the baby is so young I really hope it resolves soon!


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    You can do this, and I promise you will not regret it!!! Most of us have had a rough patch in our nursing journey and we are all so glad that we kept going when some would have given up.
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    I can not thank everyone enough for all your support and help!! As of very early this morning I was able to feed my son off my left breast and it didn't hurt! Of course there isn't much milk coming out from a 4 day dry spell, but something has been coming out and the pain is gone

    I have been pumping every 2 hours or so when I can't feed him and it seems slowly the milk supply is coming back. I know this won't be a quick fix, but I'm happy that something is coming out at all.

    THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP, ADVICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT. I was very frustrated, crying, and ready to throw in the towel, but in the back of my mind, I knew as soon as I fed him the first bottle of formula and as soon as I started to feel better I would have regretted not hanging in there a little longer. This is tough, but SOO rewarding and I know I'm doing the healthiest thing I can for him.

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