weaning my baby from breastfeeeding

Hi Im a new mum, Im 19 and my daughter is 7 months old. i have recently stopped breast feeding and its so sore. I have lumps and blocked ducts and they wont go away.

I have tried to express a little bit to help with the pain but i cant get much milk out, i think its because the milk is drying up but it hurts so bad.

Iv tried cabbage leaves and that does soothe my breasts a little but i am worried about the lumps and blocked ducts because i don't want a abscess. Is there anything else i can do to help?

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Feb 04, 2011
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Weaning engorgement
by: Tracy

Hi!

Before I give you some advise on how to relieve the pain, I just want to make sure you know the following...

It is recommended to continue with breastfeeding for at least six months read here on the benefits of breastfeeding

If you had to wean baby because you had to return to work, you should know that you can continue to breastfeed while working.

It's also perfectly okay if you just don't want to breastfeed anymore, its a personal choice...I'm just mentioning the facts in-case it was for other reasons.

Things that will help with weaning so that you don't feel so engorged...

- Try weaning slowly, instead of leaving it all in one day...this will help your body signal a slow decrease in milk supply.

- Ice packs can be used to help with swelling and pain.

- You can continue to use cabbage leaves.

- Read more on how to deal with engorged breasts. 

- Read our page on how to wean a baby from breastfeeding

Hope this helps...please let me know how things go.


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Stopping breastfeeding/weaning

by Sarah M
(Canada)

This is my second girl. With my first breastfeeding wasn't easy. She was more of a bottle baby. It was easy stopping her night feedings. That's when she started a pacifier. She slept great too. My second little girl is ten months. I must go back to work in two.

I love breastfeeding so much. She depends on it emensly for morning and the many night feedings. She was eating solids well. I still give her options in the day but she's totally a breast babe. I'm trying to wean. At least getting her through the days without.

All websites are the same. Nothing seems to work!! I can't just go to work and leave her with a new sitter crying all day!!!! How can this be easier!!!!!????? Help!!! :,(

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Oct 06, 2011
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It takes time
by: Tracy

Hi Sarah

There is no easy answer for this. I know how you must be feeling, my little girl is a "breast baby" too...she won't sleep at night unless I breastfeed her to sleep and she cries during the day if she doesn't get the boob. Luckily I'm a work at home mom...so I dont need to wean her soon.

The only thing that's gona help is time...she will eventually get accustomed to not getting breastfed during the day. Unfortunately she will cry the first couple of days, but she will get over it...I know its difficult...I think its more difficult for a mom than what it is for the baby though ;-)

The transition can be made easier by pumping milk for her, she will most likely prefer this over anything else...also to keep breastfeeding in the evenings for comfort...until she decides to stop.

Good luck!

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Weaning and Sleeping

by Sarah - Rubys Mummy
(New Zealand)

My baby is 9months old and I want to wean her off breastfeeding as Im back at work and frankly sick of pumping!

She has formula and/or expressed breastmilk when Im at work so is used to either- and I have even feed her formula myself and she didnt ask for the breast.

However still likes the bedtime feed, and often still wakes at night and wont go down without a breastfeed.

another thing is that I still have her in an arms up swaddle (Love to swaddle up- similar in concept to the zipadee zip) as she still likes the firmness of this and can suck her hands through the fabric to self-soothe.

Should I be trying to get her out of this into a sleeping bag first, or wean her off breastfeeding first?

I also use a safe -t sleep at night as she wakes up if she is in a different position, like sideways or on her tummy!
thanks

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trouble weaning baby from breast

by Krystal Wiparata
(New Zealand)

I used to bottle feed occasionally when my baby was 4-6 weeks, now that I have decided to stop at 4 months old, she does not wanna know. I have tried everything, leaving the house, putting breast milk on the end on the teat, putting breast milk in the bottle... NOTHING WORKS! I really need advice as I do not want to breastfeed anymore.

I am happy to express milk for her to drink out of the bottle, but I just dont want to breastfeed anymore.

Any advice?????

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