Throwing in the Burpie Towel

I have decided to start phasing out the pumping.  Following double mastitis and a very bad reaction to the antibiotics for the mastitis — rendering me unable to care for Max — the choice was not really a hard one. 

Some of my research has indicated that one natural approach is to use cabbage leaves as compresses.  They don’t know why, but there’s some chemical in cabbage that encourages a drying up of the supply when applied to the skin.  So, last week I bought a nice big cabbage.  That same day I was speaking to the advice nurse at my hospital and I raised the cabbage issue.  She acted like I was totally crazy and had never heard of such a thing.  So, I chickened out and made cole slaw instead. (Yummy, by the way).

This week, I got up the balls to try it and bought another cabbage.  This time I went through with it, and I can’t put my finger on it but it made me feel better.  Maybe it actually has an effect, or maybe, psychologically, I needed to feel like I was doing something.  In either case, I will keep it up — when no one is around.



  1. Mommy, Esq. said,

    January 24, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I went to a BF group and the LC who ran it did recommend cabbage for engorgement. Never an issue for me unless I miss a few feedings/pumpings in a row. Was this AM since I’m no longer pumping at night for Penny. You did a great job getting him this far so don’t let the guilt consume you! It was wonderful to BF Ned for a few months (well, for a month once we finally, finally figured it out after 12 weeks) but all the pumping took away from Penny and my time playing with the kids. They are healthy, happy kids and I don’t regret the formula choice at all.

  2. jerseygirl77 said,

    January 26, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I have heard of the cabbage thing, so I don’t think it was purely psychological! Supposedly it feels better if the cabbage is nice and cold (?) and you replace the leaves as soon as they get warm/wilty.

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