Re: I had to stop abruptly...
You could try pumping just enough to relieve the engorgement and then slowly wean yourself off pumping. It's dangerous to your health to just stop removing the milk.
Cabbage leaves worked for me. If you get them really cold then kind of crunch them up a bit and put them in your bra it relieves some of the pain and will dry your milk up pretty fast.
Ibuprofin also helps with the pain and inflammation.
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