Q: Doc, I have been struggling with breast milk discharge after a miscarriage. I have possibly tried the cabbage, ice pack etc methods but is not working for almost a year now. What will I do please… I need help
A: Condolences on your loss! I cannot imagine what you are going through. Please make out time to mourn your baby and then as soon as you can, open up your heart to the possibilities in your future. I hope loving supportive family and friends surround you. Hugs 😀
Sometimes after a miscarriage, the body does not quite recognize that there is no longer a need to feed a baby. And so, it just continues to produce milk.
Now, for stopping milk production, you appear to have taken some of the usually advised actions eg use of ice packs. But I repeat them in this post, just in case you did not use correctly.
In the good old days, mothers would tell their daughters to tie a wrapper tightly across their breasts. This helps. In fact, I believe that this is still being done by lots of people. If you’re more jet age, though wear a firm supportive bra, night and day.
For the pain, take analgesics and also apply cold packs to your breasts. These cold packs can be packs of frozen veggies or even cold cabbage leaves. For the latter, wash the cabbage leaves and put them in the fridge. Remove the areas that have big veins as they may hurt your tender breasts. Put this cold cabbage leaves in your bra and change to another set of cold ones every 2 hours or when the cabbage leaves feel limp.
Try not to stimulate the nipples during this period. Use a breast pad to prevent leakages.
If you find that your breasts still fill up, then express some breast milk. Express until you fill comfortable…not until you empty out the breast.
Keep hydrated and try to lie on your back or your side when sleeping.
I suggest you see your doctor, if this condition continues and you need reassurance. It’s also important to rule out other causes.
Your baby will always have a special place in your heart. And you will yet smile….very soon.
Loads of hugs…