Your first days at home without your baby will likely be very difficult. Remember that your healthcare team is there to support you if you need help.
During this time your body will keep making hormones to make breastmilk. These hormones can sometimes help you feel relaxed, and this may help with your feelings.
You have 2 options for how you deal with your milk supply. You may choose to pump and donate your milk, or you may choose to stop your milk supply. Your choice may depend on how established your milk supply is and how long you were pumping or breastfeeding before your baby passed way.
You may choose to donate your milk if you have an established milk supply. Your milk supply is usually established if you’ve been pumping or breastfeeding 6 or more times a day for more than 2 weeks.
If you would like to donate your milk, contact NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank to ask about their milk donation guidelines, because they may affect your choice.
Keep pumping and caring for your breasts as before. You will decide when to gradually pump fewer times a day and for shorter times to lower and later stop your supply.
When you decide to stop making milk, see the advice for stopping your milk supply.
You may choose to stop your milk supply if you do not have an established milk supply and you’ve been pumping or breastfeeding for less than 1 week.
As you stop your milk supply, your breasts may start to feel heavy and tender. There are a few ways to help yourself feel more comfortable:
If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor or midwife:
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: November 4, 2021
Author: Child and Women's Health, Alberta Health Services
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