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Old 04-03-2007, 02:34 PM   #1
 
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It will be two weeks tomorrow since I gave birth, and I'm still bleeding. Also, my milk came in about a week and a half ago, and although I'm not engorged, I am still leaking breastmilk and having to wear pads in my bra all day.

When do those two things stop? I figured I would be bleeding for a couple of weeks, but I thought my milk would be dried up by now.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
 
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The lochia can last as long as 6 weeks for some. I had c-sections, and I mine didn't last that long, maybe 4 weeks, and it was pretty light by that fourth week.

The breast leakage can occur until your supply gets evened out, and the baby is on more of a schedule. Although, I was still leaking when my babies were older...if they were on one side, the other would leak as I let-down. I wore the pad things through out the entire time I was nursing - about a year for both of them.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:57 PM   #3
 
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I leaked for a long time. I never went out without pads. I also leaked when baby was nursing on the other breast. I think I was able to go without pads close to a year into breastfeeding. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with the fact that I was nursing on demand. We really had no set schedule.

Lochia was also extended for me, more like the 6 weeks M2LR mentioned. But I'm sure it had to do with me doing too much. You're supposed to take it really easy after giving birth. I couldn't do that with a 4 year-old at home.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #4
 
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Are you breastfeeding at all? Cause I don't think I stopped leaking until I stopped breastfeeding. I wore nipple pads all the time. And watch out if you have sex. Milk poured everywhere!

As for bleeding, I think I bled for about 4 weeks.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:14 PM   #5
 
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I just noticed you aren't nursing. Not sure long it takes to dry up, if you aren't breastfeeding.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:56 PM   #6
 
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I just noticed you aren't nursing. Not sure long it takes to dry up, if you aren't breastfeeding.
Yeah, I'm not breastfeeding, which is why I thought my milk would have dried up by now. Today when I got out of the shower, my boobs were literally dripping all over me. (Sorry if that's TMI!!)
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:01 PM   #7
 
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I just noticed you aren't nursing. Not sure long it takes to dry up, if you aren't breastfeeding.
Yeah, I'm not breastfeeding, which is why I thought my milk would have dried up by now. Today when I got out of the shower, my boobs were literally dripping all over me. (Sorry if that's TMI!!)
That's totally normal. The warm water makes the milk let down. I've heard of women getting some kind of drug that will dry up their milk supply. Can't remember what it's called though.

I'm sure someone will chime in with some more info for you.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:17 PM   #8
 
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Sage will help dry you up. You can get some at natural food stores.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:18 PM   #9
 
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I don't think American doctors will prescribe the drug that Medussa is talking about anymore. Fresh sage made into a disgusting tea helps dry you up a lot. I have the amounts you need to use at home as well as some other possible suggestions. Taking Sudafed or another decongestent will help but you might feel like crap.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:34 PM   #10
 
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I've heard of women getting some kind of drug that will dry up their milk supply. Can't remember what it's called though.

Parlodel. It worked great for drying up milk, but it;s been linked to breast cancer, so it's not Rx'd to non-nursing moms anymore.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:37 PM   #11
 
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Post-partum lochia can last 2 to 8 weeks and still be considered normal. Method of delivery doesn't affect how long lochia lasts, because the bleeding site is where the placenta was attached, not based on whether one was "cleaned out" or not after delivery.

Try using cabbage leaves inside your bra. Midwives swear by that method for drying up milk. You simply take two of the big leaves, scrunch them up in your hands so that they will release whatever enzymes or whatever it has, and then open back up and place inside the bra. Change the leaves every few hours.
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:51 PM   #12
 
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I bled for 6 long weeks! I was so sick of wearing pads!
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:00 PM   #13
 
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Poopsie, I can't find the instructions for sage tea but I think it is a few tablespoons in water two to three times a day. You can add honey to make it taste better.


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Post-partum lochia can last 2 to 8 weeks and still be considered normal. Method of delivery doesn't affect how long lochia lasts, because the bleeding site is where the placenta was attached, not based on whether one was "cleaned out" or not after delivery.
Really? I barely bled after delivery and was informed that I must have been "cleaned out" really well. By barely bled, I mean I was wearing panty liners that stayed clear before the end of the first week.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:16 PM   #14
 
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Really? I barely bled after delivery and was informed that I must have been "cleaned out" really well. By barely bled, I mean I was wearing panty liners that stayed clear before the end of the first week.

It all depends on how efficiently the uterus clamps down on the exposed wound where the placenta was planted, and the placement of that wound can affect it also. Generally, the uterus that has undergone c-sec isn't as efficient and bleeds more and longer. I only had lochia for a couple of days after my VBAC. After one of my c-secs, I bled for 8 or 9 very long weeks.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:24 AM   #15
 
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I had a c-section and I bled almost until my 6 week post-checkup. It stopped about 3 days before.

I have heard that cabbage leaves help with drying you up. This is also a trick they use for mom's who are engorged and in pain. They give a strict warning to breast fed mom's who use them...not to leave them on too long or they will dry you up. I would definitely give them a try to help you out.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:36 AM   #16
 
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I had a c-section and bled for a good 6 weeks.

It wasn't that heavy, only for the first few days, but I had to wear a pad for pretty much the entire 6 weeks.
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