Breastfeeding: Tips on Weaning

Tips on Weaning

Don’t allow misconceptions and the pressure from others cause you to initiate weaning before you and your baby are ready. Start to wean when it is the right time for you and your little one. Do your best and forget the rest! Trina/ The Lactating Mama
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    Offer Snacks vs. Breast

    This is rough at first, but it works. You may have to find the perfect snack that you both agree on, however, when you do the transition will go smooth.

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    Shorten breastfeeding sessions!

    Weaning should be a gradual process. I particularly didn’t want to go cold turkey. By decreasing the amount of time we spent breastfeeding helped create a new normal.

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    Don’t be afraid to say NO!

    Easier said than done, right?! I know it’s really hard to be firm when it comes to your baby, however, it is OK! They’ll still love you. If your LO asks to nurse, you can either say “it’s all gone,” or “there’s no more.” My LO respond pretty well to, “you’re a big girl now, it’s all gone!”

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    Snuggle up!

    Just because you are not breastfeeding doesn’t mean that the cuddles stop. Take these moments to kiss, hug, read, or talk to your LO. It is all about changing the narrative.

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    Consistency is key

    There will be many times you give in. There will be many times you find yourself crying in the corner. It’s all OK! Just take your time. Be consistent and it will happen. In my opinion the weaning process shouldn’t be rushed. It will take time, however, they will catch on.

Tips for pain and discomfort while Weaning: Apply cold cabbage leaves to breast to help with inflammation. You can do this daily and as often as you need. Try drinking peppermint tea. This has been known to help decrease supply greatly. You can have this as often as you like as well. Enjoy some pineapple juice. Pineapples are a natural anti-inflammatory that is known to alleviate engorgement, too. Also, you can massage the breast and hand express a little milk to relieve discomfort, but Do Not pump. Remember, pumping will signal the body to make more milk. Use a cool cloth to help with pain. Sometimes moms respond well to this. If not, try a warm compress, but not to HOT. Use while massaging the breast downwards towards nipple. I recommend massaging the breast often, and at least 3-4x a day. This helps to prevent clogged milk ducts. Baths with essential oils peppermint and sage helps as well. Warm showers will become your Breast friend. If the pain is to much to handle you can always take a pain medicine as well.

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These tips are to be used to help encourage the weaning process. However, every baby is different and needs different things. Don’t be discouraged if the weaning process doesn’t go as planned. It takes time and that is OK!!

WE WEANED!

Check out our story on how we successfully weaned at almost 27 months old.