Weaning off nursing

Kayla - posted on 08/01/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Trying to wean off nursing. My baby just turned 4 months and I have been back to work for a month it has been really hard juggling work/baby/nursing. Is anyone else weaning? In pain? Does anyone know how long it will take to stop producing? Any advice and help would be great :)

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Kelly - posted on 08/02/2010

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Everyone is different but it took about a month for myself to stop producing with my two oldest children. I would suggest trying to slowly stop if you can for less engorgment cause it is painful and stays painful for several days or longer if you arent extacting any. Other thing is to wear firm fitting sports bras, they help a little.

Samantha - posted on 08/01/2010

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I had to stop nursing due to going back to work full time about a month ago. It was fairly easy for me. I didn't really have the ideal milk-producing body, so production dropped super fast for me once I went back to work. Even though I was pumping I wasn't making enough.

So, in my experience it only took about a month for me to completely stop producing. There was once week where I had a lot of pain in one breast and it had a large hard lump in it. I was told this was normal. If you have these painful lumps, do not hesitate to ask your doctor to check it out, if you feel like something is just not right. The lumps might be clogged ducts.

I had some pain due to stopping breastfeeding, but it wasn't terrible. And my daughter took to formula just fine. I started her off with half formula half breastmilk mix, and then slowly introduced more and more formula and less breastmilk. She is happy and healthy and I am too!

Best of luck to you!

Kimberly - posted on 08/01/2010

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It can take a while to stop producing entirely. I've read from some people on here that it takes months. I would imagine that your pain is from engorgement and not nursing...

Assuming that your baby is already taking formula, just slowly transition to formula completely. If your baby is not taking formula already, I'd start off with one bottle a day, then two, and work up to every other bottle and finally all of them.

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