Although medications were once used to speed up this process, it was found that the medications caused harmful side effects that outweighed the benefit of drying up the breast milk. Breast milk will be produced after any delivery but if it is not removed by the baby nursing, the body realizes that there is no need to produce more. The best thing you can do is to avoid any breast stimulation (by the baby or even a shower beating on the breasts), do not express any of the milk, wear a good fitting sports bra 24/7, and apply ice packs and take ibuprofen as needed during the day or two that the breasts will swell.
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