There exists a multitude of reasons why the mother would want to intervene with milk secretions:
She doesn’t want to breastfeed. If the milk production is still ongoing, the milk will accumulate, and it will definitely cause painful sensations for the mother.
She wants to wean off breastfeeding. Eventually, mother’s milk needs to be substituted with infant formula or solid foods. Once again, the accumulation of the milk can cause painful sensations for the mother.
She isn’t capable of breastfeeding. For example, injury to nipples or breast infection can make breastfeeding excruciatingly painful.
She can’t stop milk production after the child has been weaned.
There are obviously some other causes, including the child not being able to tolerate the milk or loss of a child, along with many others, but three abovementioned reasons are the most common. Now that we understand the problem, let’s come up with the solution. These are the most effective methods of suppressing lactations:
- Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6). It helps stimulate the transmission of never signals and that alone should help your body cease milk production.
- Medications. There are various options available on the market, the most popular one being Dostinex.
- Nursing pads. Wearing those will help suppress lactation by way of compressing the milk ducts.
- Cold sponges and gel packs. Thanks to reduced nipple stimulation, milk secretions also decreases.
- Stop breast pump usage. A decrease in all sorts of nipple stimulation (including simple touching or caressing) can help to suppress lactation.
- Stop suckling. When the child stops suckling, milk production will gradually cease.
- Take some time for yourself. Distracting yourself is one of the most effective ways of suppressing lactation. The lactation reduces naturally if you’re not focused on the child’s needs.
- Well-fitting bra. Finding and using a suitably-sized bra is crucial in curbing the engorgement.
- Cool cabbage leaves. Applying them helps with the compression of milk ducts.