Can medication help suppress lactation after childbirth?
Answer From Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N.
The simplest and safest way to suppress lactation is to let milk production stop on its own.
Suppression of lactation with estrogen or the drug bromocriptine (Parlodel) is no longer recommended due to possible side effects.
To let milk production diminish naturally, don't breast-feed, stimulate your breasts or express milk. To relieve breast engorgement and pain, you might:
- Wear a supportive bra
- Apply ice packs to your breasts
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N.
Feb. 03, 2021
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