Drying up

I chose to stop BF and now am try to dry myself up without medications. But I leak everywhere, all over the baby and he gets cold, and soak through breast pads in an hour. How long does it take to stop? Its really starting to bother me and makes doing skin to skin so difficult :(

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    4Katie
    When you start to have let down put firm pressure on your breasts with your arms to stop the milk from leaking out. Wear a snug fitting bra that doesn't rub to be sure you are not stimulating your breasts in any way. I highly recommend sudafed for helping to get your milk to dry up. Some people will still have leaking weeks or even months later.
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      01/24/14
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      01/24/14
      I couldn't nurse, so I decided to pump. I would end up pumping for 45 minutes at a time every hour and a half, and he was eating every three hours, sleeping between feedings. This would give me about an hour and a half of sleep at a time, and my husband would gone to work between 8-13 hours. It really sent me downhill. Even if he was getting formula, I'd still try to pump to keep up or get ahead, and I didn't really think it was worth harming myself emotionally, or potentially the baby, to continue breastfeeding. It was just way too much for me.
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      01/24/14
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      01/24/14
      We do co-sleep, yes. But he had to be bottlefed the breast milk anyway, I am too inverted to nurse and shields were so stressful and difficult on both of us that the only way he would eat was if I pumped. And I tried to pump as much as possible so I wouldn't leak everywhere so much. He will sleep on or with me, and I spend a lot of time with him to make up for what I can't do as far as skin-to-skin and nursing. I tried working with a consultant on the shields, it didn't really go well. I was sore, stressed, and my baby was hungry. We ended up formula feeding most of the time we were in the hospital to make up for what I couldn't give him, and I just pumped what I could in colostrum for him. Once I started pumping any significant amount I mixed what I could, and eventually was able to do it exclusively. But I wanted to keep up my supply, and was told I should keep my pumping schedule. It just wasn't happening, not with PPD, and I'm so sick of not being able to properly bond with my baby. Plus I had loss of appetite and worried about not taking in the proper nutrients, even with my vitamins. I think overall, formula is just the best option for our situation. It would be different if I were able to nurse.
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      01/24/14
      4Katie
      I am sorry to hear that it has been such a struggle for you! Not trying to push you one way or the other but if you wanted to keep brestfeeding you can do it part of the time. Breastfeeding doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing, any amount your baby gets is beneficial. I wish you luck in whatever you decide is best for you and your baby!
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        01/25/14
        Wish I had advice... but alas ... stopping was easy for me after my last baby! (she is 5 now)
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