Changes That Come with Weaning

When weaning your baby off the breast, here’s what to keep in mind:

  • The baby’s bowel movements will become firmer and more brown, rather than yellow.
  • If your baby is not yet a year old, replace the fluids in her diet with formula, rather than whole milk.
  • Be sure that the solid foods you offer your infant are healthy and varied—with lots of veggies and fruits!
  • You may experience some sadness as well as a feeling of loss because of changes in hormone levels and the overall adjustment to weaning. Replace your special breastfeeding time with more cuddling time, such as talking or reading a story together, to help you both make the change and continue to feel close.
  • Although milk production stops within a few months for some women, it can take as long as 6 months for hormones to return to pre-pregnancy levels. Some women will leak a little bit or be able to hand express some milk for years after stopping breastfeeding, which is perfectly normal.
  • If you’re scheduled for a mammogram in the next 6 to 12 months, tell the radiologist that you’ve been breastfeeding a baby recently. Your breasts can appear denser even months after weaning.
See also ...

•  Weaning your baby

•  Depression during and after weaning

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