Weaning Your Baby

If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Going slow is less traumatic for the baby and allows time for your body to adjust.”

Try skipping a feeding during the day and offering your child a bottle or cup instead of the breast. Using this method, you are able toLeDoux-Johnson_Joy gradually diminish your milk supply, which is healthier for your breasts than stopping “cold turkey.” You can also try decreasing the amount of time your child breast-feeds – for example, you could limit the child to five rather than 10 minutes.

“If weaning becomes a struggle, you may need to wait a month or two and try again,” says LeDoux-Johnson.

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