In the majority of cases, this is achieved by not stimulating the breasts (no suckling), using a firm supportive brassiere and analgesia if required. Breast discomfort usually improves in 5-6 days.
Complete suppression of lactation may be achieved by the use of drugs such as bromocriptine - this inhibits the release of prolactin from the pituitary. A suggested schedule would be bromocriptine 2.5 mg per day for 1 day; then twice daily for a further 14 days. This method is most effective if undertaken in the first week post-partum.
The summary of product characteristics should be consulted before prescribing this drugs described.
Last reviewed 01/2018