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Stopping Breastfeeding

I am planning on stopping breastfeeding at the end of next month. Does anybody have suggestions on the easiest way to get my son use to this. Does it hurt and how long does it usually take for the milk to dry up?

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Tasha1210

Asked by Tasha1210 at 12:18 AM on Mar. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Tasha, you start the process NOW. Drop one feeding per week till gone. Or one every three or four days if you want to speed it up. NO COLD TURKEY...you'll be in pain.

    If you wean slowly the milk will diminish. Expect it to still be around for abut a year, though...it takes time to dry up unless you go on estrogen birth control which is a known supply killer.

    Baby is three months per your profile...don't expect cooperation. It's not likely. Have you established that baby WILL take formula? You need to before starting the process.

    And just FYI...don't have to wean for work or school, and weaning won't change things like sleep patterns. Most medical procedures are also fine while nursing. Just addressing the usual reasons moms put themselves through the hassle; if you WANT to wean of course that's your option but if you feel you HAVE to, that may not be the case.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:23 AM on Mar. 15, 2010

  • rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:34 AM on Mar. 15, 2010

  • Why do you want to stop? You may not have to if you think a problem you might be having isgoing to be solved by stopping. Also, you have to be sure the baby can drink formula...it might cause gas, constipation, or other serious upsets or the baby might just be allergic to both major types (regular and soy) and you might need to buy the expensive things. Listen to the first poster's advice. Also http://www.kellymom.com/  and http://www.drjacknewman.com/  are excellent resources.

    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 11:09 AM on Mar. 15, 2010

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