How Long Does Breast Milk Take To Dry Up

How Long Does Breast Milk Take To Dry Up

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Mothers often have questions about how and when to stop breastfeeding, whether they have been breastfeeding for months or consider using an infant formula from the very beginning.

The question how long does breast milk take to dry up is quite common.

Find out what you need to know.

How Long Does Breast Milk Take to Dry Up?

After you stop breastfeeding, different people take different amounts of time to dry up their milk.

For some people, drying up the milk takes days; for others, it takes weeks. Even after the process, you may continue to make a little milk for months afterward.

The time it takes varies depending on different factors, including how long you breastfed for and how much milk you produce.

Your weaning methods, which include avoiding things that cause milk production, might also play a role. 

It’s important to know that having a low milk supply doesn’t mean stopping breastfeeding, and there are many ways to increase your milk supply.

If you want to keep breastfeeding but your milk supply is low, speak to your doctor, lactation consultant, or your baby’s doctor.

Since you can’t measure how much breast milk your baby is taking, it’s normal to wonder if they’re getting enough.

However, you can tell whether they’re getting enough by their overall health. 

1. Breastfeeding Routines Can Be Changed to Assist Weaning

Weaning needs to take place slowly (more on that later). First, you need to stop breastfeeding one time a day.

Each session should be the same, and you should drop one more every few days or after a week. 

Giving your baby a chance to adjust to a bottle before weaning can also be helpful.

A few simple tricks can help ease the transition, such as having them drink from a unique spot than where you nurse them.

Also read: How Do You Dry up Breast Milk Quickly

2. What To Do To Reduce Discomfort Caused by Inflammation?

Until your milk dries up, you can take the following steps to ease the pain:

  • Sports bras and supportive bras are recommended. Wear a bra that’s not too tight so as not to “bind” your breasts or cause mastitis.
  • You can reduce the swelling of your breasts by applying ice packs or cold compresses every hour. Use thin clothes to cover the ice pack. Tip: use clean disposable newborn diapers to make ice packs. You can pour clean water on the diaper, freeze it, and then fit it into your bra.
  • If you need pain medication, such as ibuprofen (Advil), take it as needed.
  • Instead, hand-squeeze the milk (if you are uncomfortable) for only a few seconds to soften the breasts. Your milk will dry up slower the more you express and the more milk you will produce.
  • You can apply cold cabbage leaves if you are suffering from pain or swelling. Research is mixed, but the treatment is cheap and effective.
  • Avoid letting the water sit directly on your breasts when taking a shower so that it does not stimulate letdown (release the milk) and increase milk production.

3. Occupational Safety and Risks

Engorgements are the primary cause of drying up breast milk.

Breast engorgement can be very painful and could cause mastitis, an inflammatory condition.

Although mastitis sometimes clears up on its own, it can also cause a severe infection.

Therefore, there are risks associated with all medications, even those sold over-the-counter. 

Those who are still nursing, even just occasionally, should speak to their doctor or lactation counselor about the risks of reducing or eliminating milk supply with various remedies.

A person’s medical history must also be discussed with their doctor.

For example, certain medications can interfere with breast milk production, and certain health conditions may make these medications more dangerous.


By now, you must have the answer to the question, how long does breast milk take to fry up?

Taking the time to wean off breastfeeding can be challenging—it can be unpredictable and uncomfortable.

If you work with a medical professional, you will have more peace of mind taking the steps you feel are right for you and your baby. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After drying up, can breast milk be re-produced?

After “drying up,” can breast milk be produced again?

An even partial supply of milk can significantly impact a child’s health and development since access to an entire supply isn’t always possible.

Is your milk drying up? What are the signs?

You can tell your baby is dehydrated (or at least on its way to becoming dehydrated) if they don’t produce urine for several hours, don’t cry when they are upset, have a sunken soft spot on their head, or appear very sleepy.

You should treat dehydration immediately if you notice any signs.

What will happen to my baby if I don’t breastfeed for three days?

You will likely feel your breasts swell on the third or fourth day after delivery when your milk “comes in.”.

For several weeks after the birth of your child, you will continue to produce breast milk.

You will eventually stop producing milk if you do not pump or breastfeed, but it will not happen right away.

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Iesha Mulla

Iesha is a loving mother of 2 beautiful children. She's an active parent who enjoys indoor and outdoor adventures with her family. Her mission is to share practical and realistic parenting advice to help the parenting community becoming stronger.

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