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Oral contraceptive pill to dry up milk supply?
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Posted 31 July 2019 - 03:40 PM
I have currently got mastitis for the second time in a month, and DD has just turned 8 weeks old.
Last time the infection was so bad that I needed an inpatient stay in hospital to clear it, and this time I am just feeling absolutely terrible.
I also have had ongoing nipple thrush infections (which flare up with all the antibiotics I need to take for the mastitis).
I have consulted with an IBCLC, but I am just absolutely over the whole BF experience. I have an older son who I managed to exclusively express EBM for for 9 months, but this time it's just too much of a struggle.
Has anyone used the OCP (not the mini pill, combined estrogen pill) to help dry up their milk? I would really love to be done with this as soon as possible, but I have an oversupply so it is going to take a long time to step it down slowly (hopefully avoiding a third round of mastitis!)
Posted 31 July 2019 - 04:13 PM
I haven't done that but I did have the special tablet you can get from your doctor to stop supply. Have you talked to your doctor about that tablet?
Posted 31 July 2019 - 04:25 PM
My friend did it, worked for her. She just went to her GP, explained her issues, and her GP just gave her the pill prescription. Talk to your GP
My crappy, useless, never-enough-milk boobs dried up all by themselves within days of stopping BF, lol, Think I had like one day of being uncomfortably full. So you might not even need the pill.
Posted 31 July 2019 - 04:28 PM
You'd be better off with the actual medication designed to help dry up supply.
I used cabbage leaves in my bra and while I smelled delightful, it actually worked more effectively than the medication.
Posted 31 July 2019 - 05:04 PM
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was still feeding my youngest. The surgeon prescribed me a tablet to dry up the milk immediately. I can’t remember the name but it was a traumatic time for all of us. It was effective.
Edited by KMGP, 31 July 2019 - 05:04 PM.
Posted 31 July 2019 - 07:17 PM
If you currently have mastitis you know it's not the time to wean, helping remove milk is a part of mastitis management along with antibiotics, antinflammatory drugs etc.
Repeated mastitis tends to drop supply naturally in the affected areas, is that happening?
Who is treating your mastitis, gp?
A gp who is a LC would be a good person to work with you to gradually reduce supply and give you safe advice.
I have suggestions if you are in Melbourne.
You could try sage tea, cabbage leaves?
Perhaps advocate for prophylactic anti fungal medication considering your history of thrush.?
Posted 31 July 2019 - 07:36 PM
The only way I managed to avoid recurring mastitis was to stay on top of it. And the only way I got on top of it was to manually express in the shower to clear blockages. Didn’t matter what time it was, 3am I had a blockage I jumped in the shower. I took a lot of showers.
Posted 31 July 2019 - 07:41 PM
As someone who had multiple bouts of mastitis & enough milk to start a dairy, it's taken 18 months for my milk to dry up totally being on the full pill.
If you wish to stop breastfeeding, I'd be asking your GP for the specific medication to dry up your supply. It will be faster & less risk of recurrent mastitis.
Posted 31 July 2019 - 09:09 PM
The medication that dries up milk is called cabergoline (or dostinex). It has some significant (but fortunately infrequent) potential side effects that you should be aware of before you take it, but have a chat to your Dr about it. I don’t think it’s covered by Medicare for lactation suppression but you only have to take it once.
Cabbage leaves are well known to work a treat to dry up milk!
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