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Can stress cause my breast milk to dry up?

Can stress cause my breast milk to dry up?

Yes: Major stress can certainly diminish breastmilk supply. However, there are things that can be done to counteract the effects of major stress. Drink tons of water (or other non-caffeinated clear liquid) and use fenugreek, an herbal preparation which helps increase milk supply. Dealing with the stress, itself, will also help -- for instance, counseling, yoga and relaxation exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How long does it take for breast milk to dry up?

How long does it take for breast milk to dry up?

Visit provider: Usually once you stop breastfeeding milk production will slow and eventually stop on its own without the stimulation of the infant. If certain hormones are elevated it could cause continued production. You can also have part of a duct system that did not completely empty and get intermittent release from there that is not due to continued production. An exam and labs will provide more info. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breast milk to dry up ? My daughter is 2 and I stopped breastfeedin her at 7months and there's still milk!

How long does it take for breast milk to dry up ? My daughter is 2 and I stopped breastfeedin her at 7months and there's still milk!

Can last for months: Have your doctor draw a prolactin level (blood test) to insure there is not a more serious cause for the continued leakage. If the test is normal, he can prescribe a medication to dry it up. ...Read more

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I stop breast feeding yesterday, i was wondering how long it takes the breast milk to dry up. My breast hurt it makes it hard to sleep. ?

I stop breast feeding yesterday, i was wondering how long it takes the breast milk to dry up. My breast hurt it makes it hard to sleep. ?

Chill out?: Use cool compresses to your breasts for 20-30 minutes at a time several times a day. This method should dry you up in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I gave birth to my son 12 days ago, how long will it take for the breast milk to dry up? I'm not breast feeding.

I gave birth to my son 12 days ago, how long will it take for the breast milk to dry up? I'm not breast feeding.

Why?: You should breast feed for six months, for your child's health. If social or work considerations are issues, you should breast pump. If this can' t be done, you may lactate 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dried breast milk if you have never given birth?

Is it possible to get dried breast milk if you have never given birth?

Dried?: Well breast milk does not leave the body as dried milk. There may be some material expressed from the nipple without pregnancy. Galactorrhea can occur with certain medications & tumors. ...Read more

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What are the causes of breast milk when not pregnant?

What are the causes of breast milk when not pregnant?

Galactorrhea: Galactorrhea can be related to medication side effects, tumor or hormone imbalances. Please see your physician if you have galactorrhea. ...Read more

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How to dry up breast milk?

How to dry up breast milk?

Dry up milk: TO dry up milk production, put ice packs wrapped in towels on your breasts 15 minutes out of every hour while awake. Wear a very tight bra. Avoid hot showers. There are also prescription medications that can help dry you up - for these call your OB/GYN. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the best way to dry up breast milk?

I want to know what's the best way to dry up breast milk?

Dry Up MIlk: When you stop breast feeding, it takes about three days...To prevent the discomfort of engorgement you can use cabbage leaves on the breasts to help dry it up. ...Read more