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post #1 of 15 Old 05-12-2013, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
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How to stop my Mare from producing milke

So her foal was weaned 1 week ago, and I should have researched about this.

She doesn't care that her foal is not with her, she had a full teats and I milked them for her, I took allot of milk out and I wore clean gloves and made sure I did not get the gloves dirty at all.

After I took the milk out her teats and udder was becoming much softer ! I guess if she had been left any longer she could have got an infection.


I just really want to know more about this and will get a vet to check her as soon as I can to see if she has mastitis.

How long does it take to wean the Mare to stop producing milk ?

Does any one know what feed/supplement is good to stop her producing milk ?

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It's a 'supply & demand' thing, so the more you keep milking her, the more she'll keep producing.... no one told me that until I'd been producing vast quantities when I had to 'collect' for my first baby that couldn't breastfeed! So I'd just milk her as little as possible to help prevent inflammation/infection. Don't know about any supps or such that may help reduce milk production, but it shouldn't last long after 'demand' is gone.
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It's a 'supply & demand' thing, so the more you keep milking her, the more she'll keep producing.... no one told me that until I'd been producing vast quantities when I had to 'collect' for my first baby that couldn't breastfeed! So I'd just milk her as little as possible to help prevent inflammation/infection. Don't know about any supps or such that may help reduce milk production, but it shouldn't last long after 'demand' is gone.
Ok she was a bit warm today 38 degrees but I realised that is normal temp and worried for nothing ! She has udder engorgement im sure. So every time I see her I milk her less and less ?

She's eating normal, drinking normal. Seems very very happy. Loves communicating with the other horses. So I don't want to stress over nothing. I will need to clean her teets I think coz there is dead skin there. She let me milk for 30 minutes I will have to milk less and less ? Right.

When I was milking I was squeezing a but to hard on the right teet and she kept lifting her leg. Also at the start 2 lumbs of white stuff came out of both nipples (dried up milk) I think some of her milk was watery in one of the teets. So that raises an alert for me.

She has only been taken 1 week away from her foal so hope im not stressing for nothing !

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Speak to a vet or breeder, but I'd be thinking you might need to milk her once a day for a minute or so, just to relieve pressure.
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thanks so much for replying ! The only symptoms of mastitis she has is cloudy coloured Milk but it changes from white to a dull colored white. She has recently just been moved so I hope its just stress causing it

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STOP MILKING HER ALTOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!

The more you milk her the more she will produce. Yes, she will get very tight in the udder but this will soon start to go down. Yes she will be uncomfortable but that will soon stop as she stops producing.

I have been around many, many breeding mares and the only times I have milked a mare is when there is difficulty in the foal suckling.

How long since she foaled?
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STOP MILKING HER ALTOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!

The more you milk her the more she will produce. Yes, she will get very tight in the udder but this will soon start to go down. Yes she will be uncomfortable but that will soon stop as she stops producing.

I have been around many, many breeding mares and the only times I have milked a mare is when there is difficulty in the foal suckling.

How long since she foaled?
She foaled a long time ago coz her foal has been weaned a week ago, just the foal still looked like a foal if that helps. Hmm I should have got all this information but never thought about the breast stuff. She's going into a big paddock 2 morrow with short grass.Will exercise her to.Is there any food that helps with stoping milk ?

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I am overacting I think ! She is showing no signs of mastitis except for cloudy coloured milk. Her Body was all over warm coz, she is a fuzzy one and water had gone on her that was heating her up.

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As said, if you stop milking, she'll stop producing, and don't forget she'll then need less calories, so if you're hard feeding, cut it down or out too.
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Stop milking her and decrease her diet down to where it was just for maintenance. She will become engorged and drip milk but that's totally normal. Putting her back to work won't hurt either.
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