Stopping Milk Production
In August 1994, the only remaining medication that could be prescribed to suppress lactation (Parlodel) was decertified by the manufacturer for that indication. There were case reports of maternal seizures and a few deaths. Consequently, there is no longer any medication which is FDA-approved for the purpose of lactation suppression.
How to prevent engorgement
If you do not wish to breast-feed, you can help prevent the development of painful engorgement by doing the following:
- Wear a tight-fitting bra up to 24 hours per day for about 2 weeks
- For breast soreness apply an ice pack to the breasts for 15-30 minutes, 3-4 times per day
- Take two Advil (or its equivalent) every 4 hours
- Avoid breast stimulation or hot water on the breasts
- Avoid any hand expression of milk
Please call us if you have problems with engorgement.
Choosing not to Breast Feed
There are many reasons for deciding not to breast feed. These include having to take medication that is not safe for the baby, history of breast surgery, medical conditions that might worsen due to breast feeding, prior history of severe difficulties nursing, or personal preference. Furthermore, some women try very hard in the beginning and things just don’t work out. There might be severe pain, or insufficient milk supply, or just too much frustration.
We believe that bottle-feeding a newborn can be safe and nutritious and for some women this might be the best option. Deciding not to breast feed is the right of every new mother, and if this is the best choice for you, we support it.