By jennylee | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips, Sawyer's Story
In honor of Heather, I decided to write on the topic of how one can dry up their milk supply in hopes it can help her as well as others. Below is a list of things you can and shouldn’t do if you are trying to wean or dry up your milk:
1. Don’t eat oatmeal.
2. Do not bind your breasts to help your milk "dry up."
3. If your breasts feel full and uncomfortable, then express just enough milk to relieve the fullness. Don’t pump or extract most of the milk.
4. Take pseudoephedrine–120 mg/day, a decongestant. research shows that it can decrease milk supply by as much as 24%. (found in Sudafed, Actifed)
5. Take 1/4 teaspoon of sage 3x per day for 1-3 days. You can mix the sage in vegetable juice (for example, V-8), but it won’t mix well into other juices.
6. Another effective treatment is to apply fresh, crushed jasmine flowers (Jasminum sambac) to the breasts to decrease milk flow. A study has shown this to be effective
7. Other herbs that can decrease milk supply: Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Spearmint, Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Chickweed, Black Walnut, stinging nettles (not nettle – that increases milk supply), Yarrow, Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Lemon Balm, Oregano, Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor), Sorrel (Rumex acetosa).
* Sage, peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, oregano, and cabbage leaves can all be incorporated into a pressed oil (cold pressed or hot) to make massage oils for milk suppression.
-As always, consult your doctor before taking any medication, OTC or herbal!
Heather, You and your family continue to be in my prayers.
With Love, Jenny Lee
Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for this post. The info you included above was something I never thought I would need to know. When my husband went to our local health food store to get Sage and Parsley to help dry up my milk the lady was baffled at why his wife would want to dry up her milk. She of course teared up when he explained and probably felt bad for saying anything. I am sure that others will find this info helpful. I am happy to report that I am doing SO much better than I would have expected in the area of engorgement. I had one day of really painful engorgement. Since then I still can feel that there is a lot of milk and they are very full but the tenderness was only present if i was touched on the second day and today (the third day since my milk came in) I am not even tender. A BIG answer to prayer in my book!!! For those of you who are interested here is what I did and didn’t do:
-Starting on the day Sawyer was born I started taking the herbal supplements Parsley and Sage (the daily recommended dosage 6X a day). The Parsley was in capsule form but the Sage was in liquid form (and tastes HORRIBLE in my opinion no matter what it is mixed with but Jenny is right something like V8 works best).
-The day my milk came in (I should have done it sooner probably but I forgot to get it from the store) I wore cabbage leaves in my bra all day and during the first night. I could have/should have perhaps done it again on the second day but I went to MOPS that day and didn’t want to wear it in my bra while "out and about" just in case it would be poking out of my bra accidentally;).
-I took bendryl (the recommended dose) before bed on the second and third night as I had heard this helps. This can make you sleepy so be careful not to do this when you are going to be driving as I discovered (I took just one pill instead of two during the day and was pretty sleepy).
-I am still taking Parsley capsules but gave up on the Sage just because it tastes so bad.
I am convinced that God answered all our prayers and that is why I am feeling so much better in this area. I think the things I did above were also very helpful and I am so thankful for all the healing herbs that God created for us to use in so many ways!
Thank you Jenny for your post and prayers! I will follow up with a post on how things are going in the near future, I decided to take a little blog break tonight:).