If you choose not to
breast-feed or if you have to stop breast-feeding
suddenly, your breasts may become full and sore and leak milk. This is a
condition known as
breast engorgement. Many women experience
only mild symptoms when they stop breast-feeding and do not require treatment.
Massage, cold compresses (to reduce swelling), and wearing a good support bra
may help ease discomfort. You can also ask your doctor about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Try to gradually stop pumping or breast-feeding. Drop one feeding
or pumping session every 2 to 3 days and space out the rest. In a few days,
drop another feeding or pumping session. This way you will avoid painful
breasts and will reduce your chances of getting a plugged duct or
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