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How long to stop breastfeeding?

How long does it take for your milk to dry up once you start weaning your baby? I know better than to just stop cold turkey, so if I do it gradually, how long until I am completely milk-free again?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:00 AM on Nov. 29, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • My stopped nursing about 3 months ago and I had no problems at all with my milk drying up. I never got engorged or anything...but I still do have a little bit if I squeeze my nipple. Just like a drop though not enough to effect me in any way.

    Answer by Ash9724 at 1:02 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • You can produce milk for a year or longer after weaning... so complete drying will take a long time. Ideally, you should take several months to wean and your supply will drop gradually.

    Answer by LeanneC at 1:05 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • MONTHS? Jeesh! I was hoping for a MONTH.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 1:07 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • hopefully you have a breast pump, if so, you can pump and freeze and slowly decrease...pump for 15 min and then a few hrs later only 5 min...etc...later, you can use the pumped anf frozen milk to mix with babys first solid foods like sweet potatoes or cereal if you start with that...its all about being gradual!! but a breast pump can be your best friend because it doesnt send your body as many signals to make more, like your baby does everytime they eat...good luck!

    Answer by mamagee1218 at 1:08 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • you can expect to be feeling back to normal breast wise after about two weeks....but there will still be milk in your breasts...mother nature keeps your body ready

    Answer by mamagee1218 at 1:13 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • It takes FOREVER. I weaned my baby completely by 15 months (began weaning at 9 months or so), milk didn't dry up COMPLETELY until she was 22 or 23 months.

    Answer by FluffyMamaBunny at 1:34 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Some women will have milk for years. Some are "lucky" and are totally dry within a few weeks. The more stimulation your breasts get, the longer it takes - stimulation is anything from your SO touching them, playing with them, etc, to just the shower water running over them. If you're desperate to dry up, and know better than to wean cold turkey, you've got much more than a month before you'll be dry. My SIL had milk for a year and a half after weaning because her husband wouldn't leave them alone. Once she got him to leave her breasts alone for 3 weeks straight she was dry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 AM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • I had milk for a year or two after my oldest weaned. I can't remember exactly since it was 7 years ago.

    Answer by aehanrahan at 7:20 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

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