I have a daughter now! I am shopping till I drop, looking forward to our mani/pedis, tea parties and all the other special Mommy/Daughter girly stuff.
American Girl Dolls is high on my list (I so wish I had bought the Limited Edition 2010 Laine doll but at the time I had only a son. I guess there’s always Ebay or Amazon)
Right now I am thinking about Cabbage Patch Kids. My dad used to find out when Toys R Us would be receiving their next shipment of these hard to get your hands on crazed dolls and camp out at the store at crazy off-hours.
These are special memories to think about as I deal with some soreness and being uncomfortable in my body post-pregnancy. I remember a former co-worker telling me she put cabbage on her breasts to dry up her milk. I had my husband buy me a head of cabbage and consulted the Internet. Sure enough, I discovered that lactation consultants frequently suggest compresses made from green cabbage leaves to reduce swelling in moderate to severe engorgement.
In the past, new non-nursing mothers often received medication which would suppress the production of milk. These medications were often referred to as dry up drugs. These drugs are no longer used because they had serious side effects including strokes and cancer. When medical providers stopped using drugs for drying up milk, lactation consultants went back into old medical texts to learn what was used before medication became available.
Published studies and anecdotal reports recommend using the leaves from the common cabbage, as a compress to reduce swelling and milk production. References to cabbage for drying milk date back to the late 1800’s. The natural ingredients in cabbage decrease tissue congestion by improving the blood flow in the area. Herbalists believe that cabbage has both antibiotic and anti irritant properties.
I smell like coleslaw now!
How did you dry your milk? Did cabbage work?