Baby-led weaning is easiest for your baby and better for you. Weaning slowly allows your body to adjust and you may also experience less discomfort.
A baby's disinterest in breastfeeding may be a temporary situation called a "Nursing Strike." If you wish to continue breastfeeding, ask for help from your Lactation Consultant by calling 817-250-BABY (817-250-2229).
Weaning may occur when baby is receiving adequate supplemental foods.
Baby has reduced breastfeeding frequency to one to two feedings daily.
Baby will be more content with gradual mother-led weaning.
Discontinue one feeding at a time every four to seven days. Start with the least important feeding time for the baby, which is usually other than the first feed in the morning and the last feed at night.
Substitute breastfeeding with supplements and/or food and a lot of attention.
Gradual weaning also avoids breast pain and possible breast infections.
Consult your physician about your baby's nutritional needs before making a change in your baby's diet.
Stop breastfeeding and remove milk from breasts for your comfort. Remove only 1 to 2 ounces at a time.
Restrict any nipple stimulation.
Provide support for your breasts with a good bra or an ace bandage.
Use ice wrapped in cloth for pain and to reduce inflammation.
Remove milk periodically until fullness disappears.
Use cleaned, chilled, green cabbage leaf compresses.