There are situations when breastfeeding your baby is not an option. The inability to nurse could come from a health condition you might be dealing with or a particular baby who doesn’t like to be breastfed.
Some babies simply refuse to latch, and even if this is rarely the case, it could very well happen. Your body will naturally start to produce milk as soon as you give birth or in the few days that follow. So, you will have to dry out the milk supply if you don’t want to breastfeed.
At the same time, if you did breastfeed your baby for a while and you need to stop, you will have to go through what is called lactation suppression.
You have more methods to apply when you want to stop milk production, but the most efficient one is to not stimulate your breasts. This includes no pumping or breastfeeding.
Let’s talk about the other options you have in greater detail below.
1. Sage Tea
There are several home remedies you can try to stop lactating.
Among these remedies, you will find sage. Some studies suggest that sage might reduce milk production.
You can try with some daily sage tea. Cabbage leaves could also reduce milk production if you use them regularly.
All you have to do is to place a cabbage leaf on each one of your breasts and put your bra on.
Change these leaves every 2 hours for a better result. But keep in mind that these home remedies are not always efficient as each mother might react differently to them, and there are still few scientific pieces of evidence of their effects.
You can also take Cabergoline to suppress lactation, but in most cases, this drug needs to be prescribed by a doctor. This medicine is not properly regulated by the FDA, but your doctor can still prescribe it off-label. You might see results as soon as you take it or just after a couple of doses.
5. Natural Dry-up
If you are willing to wait for your breasts to “dry up” naturally, this will take several days, but the general rule says milk production will stop within a week. You can speed this process up by using the home remedies above and not stimulate your breasts.