Stopping Lactation with dostinex

Chris88

New Member
Can anyone help me on this?
I am struggling with stopping milk production.
I used to pump or latch baby once every 3 hours, continued for almost 7 months.
Recently I tried to pump once every 5 hours but my milk volume instead of dropping, remained the same.
I am so tired of this so I went to get med from gynae.
Gynae prescribed dostinex, 1/2 tablet 2 times a day for 2 days.
Today is 3rd day after taking, but I feel my breasts engorged with lumps.
If I do not express or pump out, I feel terrible.
When will the milk production stop? Is so frustrating.
 


Fdzul

Member
Can anyone help me on this?
I am struggling with stopping milk production.
I used to pump or latch baby once every 3 hours, continued for almost 7 months.
Recently I tried to pump once every 5 hours but my milk volume instead of dropping, remained the same.
I am so tired of this so I went to get med from gynae.
Gynae prescribed dostinex, 1/2 tablet 2 times a day for 2 days.
Today is 3rd day after taking, but I feel my breasts engorged with lumps.
If I do not express or pump out, I feel terrible.
When will the milk production stop? Is so frustrating.
Hi ,

Following this thread cause need to know. Currently engorged and have clogged duct.
 

Chris88

New Member
Hi ,

Following this thread cause need to know. Currently engorged and have clogged duct.
Hi,

I think you should get cabergoline (dostinex) from your gynae straight.
It will ease your problem if you just give birth not long ago.
Medicine will be effective in 5 days time once you eat. It will reduce or stop the BM depending how long
you been breastfeeding. But you cannot feed baby with this breast milk once you taken the medicine.
Toxic to baby.
And use lots of cold cabbage on the breast area.. to stop the engorgement.

For clogged duct, have to massage...
But if hard rock breasts, I think you have to engage ppl to massage.
Painful but have to endure it.

But according to gynae and lactation nurse, you still have to pump out some to relieve yourself from engorgement.
 

Eunong

New Member
Hey, I took dostinex 2 times a day for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 2). Engorgement was horrible on from Day 1 to Day 3 as I tried to stick to the duration btwn expression (4-5hrs) and only expressed for comfort. Today is Day 4 and the engorgement is less severe/painful now though there are still lumps, which I try not to over-massage to remove when expressing. Hv been using cabbage leaves n cold compress and drinking No More Milk Tea on an ad hoc basis, so not sure if cabbage leaves and the tea were effective in decreasing supply. One boob is producing dbl the milk volume than the other boob so now they are lopsided as one side seems to be drying up faster than the other. I doubt the milk supply will cut that quickly since it had been established for 3 weeks alr. Will wait for at least a week and continue with the process. Update soon.
 

Jojo12

New Member
Hey, I took dostinex 2 times a day for 2 days (Day 1 and Day 2). Engorgement was horrible on from Day 1 to Day 3 as I tried to stick to the duration btwn expression (4-5hrs) and only expressed for comfort. Today is Day 4 and the engorgement is less severe/painful now though there are still lumps, which I try not to over-massage to remove when expressing. Hv been using cabbage leaves n cold compress and drinking No More Milk Tea on an ad hoc basis, so not sure if cabbage leaves and the tea were effective in decreasing supply. One boob is producing dbl the milk volume than the other boob so now they are lopsided as one side seems to be drying up faster than the other. I doubt the milk supply will cut that quickly since it had been established for 3 weeks alr. Will wait for at least a week and continue with the process. Update soon.
Hi, do you have an update? I am currently on day 2 of dostinex and also had previously been breastfeeding for 3 weeks. My breasts are engorged and painful and I have been hand pumping for comfort. I would love to have an idea of what to expect over the next week. Thanks!
 

Eunong

New Member
Hi, do you have an update? I am currently on day 2 of dostinex and also had previously been breastfeeding for 3 weeks. My breasts are engorged and painful and I have been hand pumping for comfort. I would love to have an idea of what to expect over the next week. Thanks!
I continued to hand express minimally from Day 5-7, every 4-5 hrs, just to ease the engorgement pain. By Day 8/9 or so I could drag 6-7 hrs, and even get through the night w/o expressing, n the amt I had to express also decreased. The engorgement will gradually subside as long as u don't over massage or express too much.
 

Heymom

New Member
I just would like to share my journey of taking Dostinex as I felt there aren't much info on the Internet. I hope I could help any mummys who are taking Dostinex, to feel not alone!

I'm on my 3rd Day now.. my dosage is 2 tablets, 1/2 a pill intake, twice a day. I have been pumping exclusively for my baby girl for 6months.

Currently still having engorgement, not as jialiat as my first 2 days but still very uncomfortable with the lumps here n there.

I was told not to Pump at all, but it was horrible as my milk supply was considered a lot while I was pumping. So I heck and pump out some to relieve myself of the engorgement . I pumped for about 12 to 14mins for 2 breasts, my usual pumping sessions before was 30 to 40mins, with about 320ml every 5 hourly.

Trust me, u will feel better, I can feel my breasts are still full with the milk, but not so tight and warm. I will update again, hopefully I can get to totally weaned off within the week.

And apparently the cold cabbage therapy did help, but I still feel using cold compress would be much better. I used a handkerchief, actually my baby girl's Muslin handkerchief to wrapped around a small ice pack. Then i rub it around my breasts, avoiding the areola and nipples, it is so much more soothing and bearable with the engorgement. I did it every now and then after I pump and relieve some milk.

And for those who wanna get the medication, you can get a GP letter from any private clinics or polyclinics, then proceed to pharmacy and purchase it.

But not all pharmacy actually carries the medication, coz of the short shelf life , only some pharmacies carry it. I know bigger ones such as Unity at Vivocity and harboufront do have it, Great world city & Tampines Mall as well. I've tried my luck at Watsons but no, they do not carry it. Cost is about $57 for 2pills.

Definitely cost more if you get it straight from your gynae, as the consultation fees is already higher at the gynae's.

I hope I can help anyone out there who thought of taking Dostinex or intend to. Nothing to be ashamed of! And do whats best for your mental well being

Shall update again!!!
 

Sara03

New Member
I just would like to share my journey of taking Dostinex as I felt there aren't much info on the Internet. I hope I could help any mummys who are taking Dostinex, to feel not alone!

I'm on my 3rd Day now.. my dosage is 2 tablets, 1/2 a pill intake, twice a day. I have been pumping exclusively for my baby girl for 6months.

Currently still having engorgement, not as jialiat as my first 2 days but still very uncomfortable with the lumps here n there.

I was told not to Pump at all, but it was horrible as my milk supply was considered a lot while I was pumping. So I heck and pump out some to relieve myself of the engorgement . I pumped for about 12 to 14mins for 2 breasts, my usual pumping sessions before was 30 to 40mins, with about 320ml every 5 hourly.

Trust me, u will feel better, I can feel my breasts are still full with the milk, but not so tight and warm. I will update again, hopefully I can get to totally weaned off within the week.

And apparently the cold cabbage therapy did help, but I still feel using cold compress would be much better. I used a handkerchief, actually my baby girl's Muslin handkerchief to wrapped around a small ice pack. Then i rub it around my breasts, avoiding the areola and nipples, it is so much more soothing and bearable with the engorgement. I did it every now and then after I pump and relieve some milk.

And for those who wanna get the medication, you can get a GP letter from any private clinics or polyclinics, then proceed to pharmacy and purchase it.

But not all pharmacy actually carries the medication, coz of the short shelf life , only some pharmacies carry it. I know bigger ones such as Unity at Vivocity and harboufront do have it, Great world city & Tampines Mall as well. I've tried my luck at Watsons but no, they do not carry it. Cost is about $57 for 2pills.

Definitely cost more if you get it straight from your gynae, as the consultation fees is already higher at the gynae's.

I hope I can help anyone out there who thought of taking Dostinex or intend to. Nothing to be ashamed of! And do whats best for your mental well being

Shall update again!!!
Just wondering if you have an update :) I have taken my first two doses of Dostinex but still having to hand express 80ml every 4 hours, baby is 8 weeks. I’m so afraid it won’t work…I was hoping to wean completely within 4-5 days.
 

hopus09

New Member
Just wondering if you have an update :) I have taken my first two doses of Dostinex but still having to hand express 80ml every 4 hours, baby is 8 weeks. I’m so afraid it won’t work…I was hoping to wean completely within 4-5 days.
Hi Mummy, the complete weaning process takes some time, about at least 2 weeks. So prepare yourself mentally k? 4-5 days might be a little too rushed physically for the body. It will work, so you just need to give it time. Perhaps gradually expressing less and less as well as more just for comfort,

I’m also currently on dostinex, took it 5y ago with my #1 as well. Tried to take bromocriptine, the cheaper alternative, but too much side effects on me. My prescription is a little different probably because I’ve been bf for 6mth plus. I was prescribed 8pills of 0.5mg to take over a month. 2 pills each week.

My last hand expression was 10+pm in the shower and then just at almost 5am. You can try to gradually drag and only express when engorged so as not to get mastitis. I recall from last round that I needed to try keeping the milk expressed below 50ml, but this round I’m just going real slow as mine’s over a month.

Basically it works by reducing the prolactin hormone in the body. So just give yourself some time to adjust k!
 

Sara03

New Member
Hi Mummy, the complete weaning process takes some time, about at least 2 weeks. So prepare yourself mentally k? 4-5 days might be a little too rushed physically for the body. It will work, so you just need to give it time. Perhaps gradually expressing less and less as well as more just for comfort,

I’m also currently on dostinex, took it 5y ago with my #1 as well. Tried to take bromocriptine, the cheaper alternative, but too much side effects on me. My prescription is a little different probably because I’ve been bf for 6mth plus. I was prescribed 8pills of 0.5mg to take over a month. 2 pills each week.

My last hand expression was 10+pm in the shower and then just at almost 5am. You can try to gradually drag and only express when engorged so as not to get mastitis. I recall from last round that I needed to try keeping the milk expressed below 50ml, but this round I’m just going real slow as mine’s over a month.

Basically it works by reducing the prolactin hormone in the body. So just give yourself some time to adjust k!
Thank you <3 I was only prescribed two pills to take half every 12 hours. I hope it works.
do you mean keep milk expressed below 50ml for each breast or in total? Currently just beginning Day 3, still hand expressing 70-80ml every 5 hours. I’ve heard of some women being told not to pump or hand express at all but I’m too afraid I’ll get mastitis. Doctor told me just hand express a little bit for comfort only
 

Venusjas

New Member
Anyone has update after taking Dositex.

Today is day 3 after taking medicine with swollen breast and engorged with lumps. I was told not to pump. Has been putting frozen cabbage every few hours and milk still drip nonstop. Anyone has same experience?

May i know hw long will it take to subside.

Feel like dying here..pls help.
 

Venusjas

New Member
Hi Mummy, the complete weaning process takes some time, about at least 2 weeks. So prepare yourself mentally k? 4-5 days might be a little too rushed physically for the body. It will work, so you just need to give it time. Perhaps gradually expressing less and less as well as more just for comfort,

I’m also currently on dostinex, took it 5y ago with my #1 as well. Tried to take bromocriptine, the cheaper alternative, but too much side effects on me. My prescription is a little different probably because I’ve been bf for 6mth plus. I was prescribed 8pills of 0.5mg to take over a month. 2 pills each week.

My last hand expression was 10+pm in the shower and then just at almost 5am. You can try to gradually drag and only express when engorged so as not to get mastitis. I recall from last round that I needed to try keeping the milk expressed below 50ml, but this round I’m just going real slow as mine’s over a month.

Basically it works by reducing the prolactin hormone in the body. So just give yourself some time to adjust k!
How long does it work for u ?
 

Venusjas

New Member
Thank you <3 I was only prescribed two pills to take half every 12 hours. I hope it works.
do you mean keep milk expressed below 50ml for each breast or in total? Currently just beginning Day 3, still hand expressing 70-80ml every 5 hours. I’ve heard of some women being told not to pump or hand express at all but I’m too afraid I’ll get mastitis. Doctor told me just hand express a little bit for comfort only
Does it work for you eventually ? Pls share your experience !
 

Venusjas

New Member
I just would like to share my journey of taking Dostinex as I felt there aren't much info on the Internet. I hope I could help any mummys who are taking Dostinex, to feel not alone!

I'm on my 3rd Day now.. my dosage is 2 tablets, 1/2 a pill intake, twice a day. I have been pumping exclusively for my baby girl for 6months.

Currently still having engorgement, not as jialiat as my first 2 days but still very uncomfortable with the lumps here n there.

I was told not to Pump at all, but it was horrible as my milk supply was considered a lot while I was pumping. So I heck and pump out some to relieve myself of the engorgement . I pumped for about 12 to 14mins for 2 breasts, my usual pumping sessions before was 30 to 40mins, with about 320ml every 5 hourly.

Trust me, u will feel better, I can feel my breasts are still full with the milk, but not so tight and warm. I will update again, hopefully I can get to totally weaned off within the week.

And apparently the cold cabbage therapy did help, but I still feel using cold compress would be much better. I used a handkerchief, actually my baby girl's Muslin handkerchief to wrapped around a small ice pack. Then i rub it around my breasts, avoiding the areola and nipples, it is so much more soothing and bearable with the engorgement. I did it every now and then after I pump and relieve some milk.

And for those who wanna get the medication, you can get a GP letter from any private clinics or polyclinics, then proceed to pharmacy and purchase it.

But not all pharmacy actually carries the medication, coz of the short shelf life , only some pharmacies carry it. I know bigger ones such as Unity at Vivocity and harboufront do have it, Great world city & Tampines Mall as well. I've tried my luck at Watsons but no, they do not carry it. Cost is about $57 for 2pills.

Definitely cost more if you get it straight from your gynae, as the consultation fees is already higher at the gynae's.

I hope I can help anyone out there who thought of taking Dostinex or intend to. Nothing to be ashamed of! And do whats best for your mental well being

Shall update again!!!
Did u manage to resolve it within a week ?
 

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