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Q&A: Binding My Breasts?

Will binding my breasts help decrease my milk supply?
ByErin van Vuuren
Updated
March 2, 2017
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Years ago, doctors advised moms to bind their breasts to help dry up their milk supply, but this advice is super-outdated. In fact, this practice can be dangerous. Wearing restrictive clothing (or otherwise smooshing your breasts) is painful and can lead to plugged ducts, mastitis, or even a breast abscess. If you are trying to reduce your milk supply for weaning, skip the binding. Eliminate one daily feeding at a time, and then wait a few days for your body to adjust before trying to eliminate another feeding. This is the safest way to slowly decrease your milk supply.

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