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Katie - posted on 05/15/2009

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the way I did it with my now 3 year old was so slowly cut down her feeds once I'd started giving her solids, so probably by the time she was 8 or 9 months I cut out the lunch time breast feed and then slowly by the time she was about 11 months she would just have a breast feed in the morning and the evening and when it got to her first birthday I was just feeding her in the morning and then it just naturally stopped without any problems from either of us.

Christina - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

. If your baby is just on 6 months then u introduce solids in place of breast feeds, eg at morning feed instead of breastfeeding u give baby some rice cereal/ farex. That feed is then eliminated. Do this for each meal as u introduce new solids at lunch and dinner, this happens over the next 6 months. If your baby is over 12 months then u can substitute 1 feed then more after a week or so
with full strength cows milk in a bottle warmed slightly. If your breasts feel engorged at that feed just express enough to make them feel comfortable at that time, they will adjust naturally after 2-3 days. Don't just stop as u can easily get blocked ducts that way and this can become mastitis which is a very painful infection that can cause fever and flu like aches.


Actually, breast milk should still be the main source of nourishment until 12 months.  Until then, solids are only supposed to be supplementary and a learning experience.  Solids don't have nearly the calories or nutritional value that breastmilk does.



 



If you are wanting to wean, drinking sage tea or peppermint tea will slow it down considerably.  If you check out the webstie www.kellymom.com, there is a lot of good information there.

Christina - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

. If your baby is just on 6 months then u introduce solids in place of breast feeds, eg at morning feed instead of breastfeeding u give baby some rice cereal/ farex. That feed is then eliminated. Do this for each meal as u introduce new solids at lunch and dinner, this happens over the next 6 months. If your baby is over 12 months then u can substitute 1 feed then more after a week or so
with full strength cows milk in a bottle warmed slightly. If your breasts feel engorged at that feed just express enough to make them feel comfortable at that time, they will adjust naturally after 2-3 days. Don't just stop as u can easily get blocked ducts that way and this can become mastitis which is a very painful infection that can cause fever and flu like aches.


Actually, breast milk should still be the main source of nourishment until 12 months.  Until then, solids are only supposed to be supplementary and a learning experience.  Solids don't have nearly the calories or nutritional value that breastmilk does.



 



If you are wanting to wean, drinking sage tea or peppermint tea will slow it down considerably.  If you check out the webstie www.kellymom.com, there is a lot of good information there.

Nichola - posted on 05/15/2009

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what do you mean by drugs like tylenol? cuz i didnt know there was drugs to stop breastfeeding....I just stopped didnt take anything

Jeanette - posted on 05/15/2009

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I just stopped pumping at work and then only went feeding her at night before she went to bed and then again in the morning, when she woke up. Then after a few weeks of that I only fed her in the morning. Slowly that just stopped all together, I fed her for 7 1/2 months and I felt fine doing it that long..... so what ever you think is best for you and your baby....

Samantha - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Tara:



Quoting Janet:




Quoting Tara:

Why do you want to stop? The WHO advises women to breastfeed their babies until age 2 or later. The AAP recommends at least until age 1.







 








Hi Tara, I see you found a forum for your breast feeding debate (have just read through your thread on rice cereal).  The mother in this thread, as far as I can see hasn't even mentioned baby's age, so don't think  you need to bash her with stats yet.  But I would just like to make comment on those that you have mentioned.  On the out set: I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and breastfed for 9 months, so am well aware of the benefits and realise that breastfeeding is wonderful, FOR SOME.  I did not enjoy breastfeeding, but did it anyway, for a number fo reasons.








The WHO USED to recommend breastfeeding until the age of 2 or later,  this was because they were taking into account the huge number of improvished women living mainly in Africa, who can not provide their children with any other nutrients other than the breast milk.  You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies.








Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity.








Statistics and recommendations on these, can be "dangerous" you have got to look objectively who is being included.








I really feel for so many Mums who can't feed because there are so many critics out there who make them feel really awful! 








Just an example of stats vs real life examples.  I am the eldest of  girls,  I was breastfed for 9 months, the youngest was also fed for a fairly long time.  The middle sister was only breastfed for 4 months before being put onto formula.  While the baby and are still very bright, the middle sister has gone on to be a doctor, and at the top of her class!  So, don't think there were too many negative effects there.









At the end of the day, it is each to their own and I don't think we should be too critical of each other, we are just doing the best we can in our life circumstances.












I am not bashing anyone with stats.  It is important to know the reason for stopping as well as the age of the baby to make appropriately informed responses to this mother.  Weaning your 3 month old baby is a lot different than weaning a 2 year old, so age is neccesary. 






I would like to see your references for the comment of "You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies" as I feel you are giving incorrect information and damaging information.






 






I believe you are not understanding the WHO's guidelines.  The WHO states that EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING should occur for all babies until they are 6 months old, (exclusive means no water, formula, solid foods, etc) and after 6 months of age, to start the baby on solid foods. 







If you are not misunderstanding this guideline...I would like to see references to what you posted above, because as far as the La Leche League International is concerned, which is an International Breastfeeding group, they maintain that the WHO believes children should be breastfed until age 2 and on, as long as both mother and child want to continue.












I also feel that your comment " Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity" is extremely unscientific, and feel that you are simply trying to antagonize a somewhat touchy subject with such uneducated, unscientific, and absolutely incorrect statements.






Here is truthful and scientific information that backs up my statements:






"Paragraph 2.(4) of the resolution reads "The Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly ... urges member states to strengthen activities and develop new approaches to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months as a global public health recommendation, taking into account the findings of the WHO expert consultation on optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding, and to provide safe and appropriate complementary foods, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond, emphasizing channeIs of social dissemination of these concepts in order to lead communities to adhere to these practices."






From here: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAug...






 






"In 2002, the World Health Organization and UNICEF endorsed the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, recommending that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months and that breastfeeding continue for up to two years and beyond."






From here: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVIss...






 






"Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.185





"Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.198



 






From the American Acadamy of Pediatrics:  http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...






 






 





What ever happened to personal choice?

Athena - posted on 05/15/2009

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Hi ya Lee - Anne i ve just read most of the replies and some of them were too strong in my opinion ! i would like to share with you all my expirience which is much horrific!
when i had mu lil girl i breast fed her for a month and then i stop it breast feeding for me it was just not right so i went cold turkey and as most of the mums here i just used a very firm bra and after a few days everything was ok. on second which is only 11 weeks ago it was a very different story. While i was pregnant i ve decied to give breast feeding a go and keep an open mind. So when i had my son i start breast feeding him and it was ok (!) still didnt enjoyed but baby made it really easy. Then my nipples got badly infected and they were bleeding so i couldnt do it. needles to say about the pressure i got from midwife and nurses and doctors was unbelieveble they made me feel a really bad mother just because i couldnt and to be honest didnt want to breastfeed!! Breast feeding SHOULD BE A CHOICE!!!! Any way 2 weeks later i developed something called mastitis., went to doctors and he gave me antibiotics. Well 3 weeks later and 6 different antibiotics i was still very ill! so went back and doctor said you have to give time to mec=dication to work so i did 2 days later i was rushed to hospital where they couldnt opperate me cos i was on the firt stage of septecimia so 10 bottles of antibiotics and 11 hours later they decided to opperate me but without no guranties !! which ment that i might never come out of surgery!!! i was devastaded!! the thought that i might never sse my children again it was the worst thing i have everhad to deal with. My husbant was ... no words acs describe and my parents which they live in Greece they had to cope with the idea they might never see me again!!! anyway i had the surgery 4 hours long!!!! they took away a quarter of my breast the wound was 5 cm wide and 4 cm deep and it had to be left open to avoid futher infection, surgeon said to me that if i had left it till next morning i would have been dead! i cant describe the pain because it was attrocious !!I still now have to go for a dressing chage and i am still very weak!!! its onle been 2 weeks since i can hold my baby again !! I am very gratefull to be alive and i see life from a differnt view now but i ll never forget what i went through just because they didnt give nothing to stop the milk so i would have to breastfeed!!! i know that my case dont happen often and i really weish no woman in this earth has to go through what i went through.....so pls be very carefull when you decide to stop and WELL DONE for breastfeeding your baby for as long as YOU want ..

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taper down is the right answer. you can either quit entirely and squeeze milk out by hand just to relieve the pressure or just give less frequent feedings to ur baby and suppliment with formula.

User - posted on 05/15/2009

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It only hurts 4 like 3dayz... n Try 2 massage breast in shower 2 relieve build up... All the best with it:O)

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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Don't let anyone tell you it's too early to stop!! You and only you know when you're good and ready to be done. You have acomplished so much already just by even nursing, so many moms dont even bother, so first off Congrats on a super job for even doing it to begin with!!! Second, if you are weaning, it shouldn't be so bad, you will just slowly stop producing so much milk, and then eventually you can just stop without pain at all. If you are quitting cold turkey, just grin and bare it, it will only take a few days and then it won't be so painful.

Good luck, and again GOOD JOB!!!

Tara - posted on 05/14/2009

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Quoting Janet:



Quoting Tara:

Why do you want to stop? The WHO advises women to breastfeed their babies until age 2 or later. The AAP recommends at least until age 1.





 






Hi Tara, I see you found a forum for your breast feeding debate (have just read through your thread on rice cereal).  The mother in this thread, as far as I can see hasn't even mentioned baby's age, so don't think  you need to bash her with stats yet.  But I would just like to make comment on those that you have mentioned.  On the out set: I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and breastfed for 9 months, so am well aware of the benefits and realise that breastfeeding is wonderful, FOR SOME.  I did not enjoy breastfeeding, but did it anyway, for a number fo reasons.






The WHO USED to recommend breastfeeding until the age of 2 or later,  this was because they were taking into account the huge number of improvished women living mainly in Africa, who can not provide their children with any other nutrients other than the breast milk.  You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies.






Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity.






Statistics and recommendations on these, can be "dangerous" you have got to look objectively who is being included.






I really feel for so many Mums who can't feed because there are so many critics out there who make them feel really awful! 






Just an example of stats vs real life examples.  I am the eldest of  girls,  I was breastfed for 9 months, the youngest was also fed for a fairly long time.  The middle sister was only breastfed for 4 months before being put onto formula.  While the baby and are still very bright, the middle sister has gone on to be a doctor, and at the top of her class!  So, don't think there were too many negative effects there.







At the end of the day, it is each to their own and I don't think we should be too critical of each other, we are just doing the best we can in our life circumstances.








I am not bashing anyone with stats.  It is important to know the reason for stopping as well as the age of the baby to make appropriately informed responses to this mother.  Weaning your 3 month old baby is a lot different than weaning a 2 year old, so age is neccesary. 



I would like to see your references for the comment of "You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies" as I feel you are giving incorrect information and damaging information.



 



I believe you are not understanding the WHO's guidelines.  The WHO states that EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING should occur for all babies until they are 6 months old, (exclusive means no water, formula, solid foods, etc) and after 6 months of age, to start the baby on solid foods. 




If you are not misunderstanding this guideline...I would like to see references to what you posted above, because as far as the La Leche League International is concerned, which is an International Breastfeeding group, they maintain that the WHO believes children should be breastfed until age 2 and on, as long as both mother and child want to continue.






I also feel that your comment " Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity" is extremely unscientific, and feel that you are simply trying to antagonize a somewhat touchy subject with such uneducated, unscientific, and absolutely incorrect statements.



Here is truthful and scientific information that backs up my statements:



"Paragraph 2.(4) of the resolution reads "The Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly ... urges member states to strengthen activities and develop new approaches to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months as a global public health recommendation, taking into account the findings of the WHO expert consultation on optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding, and to provide safe and appropriate complementary foods, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond, emphasizing channeIs of social dissemination of these concepts in order to lead communities to adhere to these practices."



From here: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAug...



 



"In 2002, the World Health Organization and UNICEF endorsed the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding, recommending that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months and that breastfeeding continue for up to two years and beyond."



From here: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVIss...



 



"Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.185





"Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.194




During the first 6 months of age, even in hot climates, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed infants and may introduce contaminants or allergens.195




Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births).196




There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.


Infants weaned before 12 months of age should not receive cow's milk but should receive iron-fortified infant formula.198



 



From the American Acadamy of Pediatrics:  http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...



 



 

Tara - posted on 05/14/2009

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Quoting Irene:


To the mother that tried to guilt trip this one, just because someone suggested you should feed for up to two years, if you don't know all of the circumstances. Please don't ridicule. I hand to stop cold turkey with two of mine to endure cancer treatments and have life threatening surgeries. Please reconsider your comments before you post them. Things, subjects like stopping breast-feeding, are very personal and heart wrenching to any one who has ever bonded mother to child through this process.


I did not guilt trip anyone on this thread.  Read my response.



I simply asked the reason for stopping, as getting more information from the OP usually leads to better and more informative answers.



I also simply stated that the WHO recommends at least 2 years of breastfeeding, and the AAP recommends at least 1..and to breastfeed exclusively for at least 6 months.  Who knows how old her child is unless anyone asks?  The childs age also depends upon the answer given.  Stopping at 3 months is much much different than stopping at 2 years.

Samantha - posted on 05/14/2009

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Well I just recenty stoped and it suked it really hurt but i just quit cold turkey. it only lasted like a week and a half but after that i was back to normal. but if you do that you might need to pump down the pain a couple of times and put wash clothes in your bra at night to prevent leaking.

Stephanie - posted on 05/14/2009

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I strapped my boobs down as tight as i could bear. I only took off that bra when i needed to shower, and then back it went. I slept with it, and no touching! after about 2 days, I was fine. not much hurting because it's low circulation. Is it the best way? I really don't know.

Irene - posted on 05/14/2009

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As a nursing mother of 13 and in the nurse midwife field, these are my suggestions’. If you can do it gradually, take one feeding every five to seven days and stop gradually. To move it a bit faster, while you are taking down the number of feedings, also reduce the time spent feeding on each side by five to ten minutes per remaining feedings. The breasts respond to demand. If the demand decreases, so will the milk production. If there is no time, like when I had to do cancer treatments, and cold turkey is your need, then you will be best suited to place cabbage leafs against the skin of each breast and wrap them with binding such as an ace wrap. The cabbage is for soreness and the binding is to help prevent stimulation. When you feed the baby try to avoid letting him/her cuddle next to your bosom this will only stimulate the milk glands. Do this for three to five days keeping the cabbage leafs changed to avoid infection and the binding tight but comfortable to stop production. You may still experience some tenderness and gorging but it will be comfortable enough with in 3-4 days to remove the binding



Good luck!



To the mother that tried to guilt trip this one, just because someone suggested you should feed for up to two years, if you don't know all of the circumstances. Please don't ridicule. I hand to stop cold turkey with two of mine to endure cancer treatments and have life threatening surgeries. Please reconsider your comments before you post them. Things, subjects like stopping breast-feeding, are very personal and heart wrenching to any one who has ever bonded mother to child through this process.

Allison - posted on 05/14/2009

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placed chilled cabbage leaves in your bra cup and bind yourself with an ace bandage! not so tight you can't breathe just for some extra support! change cabbage when it wilts and wear nursing pads on outside of cabbage to catch leaks. I've nursed two babies and i recently was hospitalized and had to wean my 12 month old cold turkey! this worked for me! take tylenol or motrin for swellling! express just enough milk to be comfortable! it took me about 5 -7 days to dry up! good luck and hope it helps! also my ob put me on birht control it also helps! loestrin24 FE! CONGRATS ! on the baby!

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It can be painful, but you have to relieve the pressure either by hand pumping onto a towel or something or taking a warm shower and massaging there. It's important to relieve the pressure as you could end up with mastitis, etc. I found that after a couple of days I was only showering a few times a day. Hope this helps

Tracy - posted on 05/14/2009

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When i decided to stop I did it by one feeding at a time, I cut out the afternoon feeding for a week, then the mid day one, then the late afternoon one and the last one gone was the morning feeding. My boys were so easy going they didn't care weather it was a bottle or boob!!

Roseanna - posted on 05/14/2009

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my daughter did it...Brynlee breatfed just to go to sleep! She started taking her pacifier and that was all it took...she was about 9 months old.

Ann - posted on 05/14/2009

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depending on how old the babie is.. Give the baby a bottle of formula, or if over 1 it can be Milk. I did it gradually and gave another cup of milk every week until he took his daily requirements. For me it took 4 weeks and I never felt any pain. If they are older, I do recommend a tighter shirt to keep them from reaching in as you wean them.

Leslie - posted on 05/14/2009

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Wear a sports bra, make sure it is tight, take warm showers, ... It should take 3 days to a week.

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I just wanted to make a correction to my earlier post about the drug used to dry up breast milk. The drug is called Parlodel but it is no longer used to dry up breast milk because of the side effects (and there are many). After researching a little online and then calling my OBGYN this morning, I discovered that for the most part, doctors recommend weaning and using other natural remedies to dry up breast milk. When I posted earlier, I was going by my knowledge of past experience with my sister in law (who did use Parlodel)...but have since learned otherwise is recommended today :) Sorry if I added to any confusion.

Samantha - posted on 05/14/2009

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Quoting Alison:

wear a tight bra or 2, like a sports bra, ice your breasts, and tuck cold cabbage leaves under your bra next to the skin. that helps to slow ans even stop milk production. and don't pump or squeeze out any breast milk or you will just keep making more. it's painful cause you might be engorged, but the ice and the tight bra and cabbage leaves will help. trust me! i know the whole cabbage leaf thing is weird but just try it.



This is how I stopped as well, it was my grandma's suggestion and it worked!  I also did what the other mom's are saying... taper down, and then at the end I used the cabbage leaves.  Never knew they had meds.

Damaris - posted on 05/14/2009

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Hi I stop breastfeeding twice and the first time I went cold turkey...just stopped and it was very painful I was engorged and warm showers helped. The second time I did it a little at a time. Eliminate one feeding at a time, it was a much better way to do it. I suggest you don't pump. The more you expel, the more your breast produce so your body has to get the message that the milk is no longer needed or not needed as much. Hope this was helpful.

LaVontte - posted on 05/14/2009

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I slowed down the amount of times I breastfed or pumped until I eventually just stopped completely. I wasn't aware that there were drugs either. This must be really new, because my baby isn't even two yet! LOL!

User - posted on 05/14/2009

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I weaned . If your baby won't take a bottle, then just don't give it. Sooner or later they will. Be patient!!

Laura - posted on 05/14/2009

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I did it cold turkey at a year old. For me there seemed to be no other way. (Otherwise we kept getting back into it) But anyway, I didn't pump. What I did was wrap myself very snuggly in an ace bandage and that helped soooo much with the discomfort.

Michelle - posted on 05/14/2009

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Glad you asked this question....im trying to wean my 12 month old son off the breast and finding it difficult. He has 2 feeds a day morning and night.I would like to stop altogether but will not take milk from a cup or bottle....

Janet - posted on 05/14/2009

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Quoting Tara:

Why do you want to stop? The WHO advises women to breastfeed their babies until age 2 or later. The AAP recommends at least until age 1.


 



Hi Tara, I see you found a forum for your breast feeding debate (have just read through your thread on rice cereal).  The mother in this thread, as far as I can see hasn't even mentioned baby's age, so don't think  you need to bash her with stats yet.  But I would just like to make comment on those that you have mentioned.  On the out set: I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and breastfed for 9 months, so am well aware of the benefits and realise that breastfeeding is wonderful, FOR SOME.  I did not enjoy breastfeeding, but did it anyway, for a number fo reasons.



The WHO USED to recommend breastfeeding until the age of 2 or later,  this was because they were taking into account the huge number of improvished women living mainly in Africa, who can not provide their children with any other nutrients other than the breast milk.  You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies.



Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity.



Statistics and recommendations on these, can be "dangerous" you have got to look objectively who is being included.



I really feel for so many Mums who can't feed because there are so many critics out there who make them feel really awful! 



Just an example of stats vs real life examples.  I am the eldest of  girls,  I was breastfed for 9 months, the youngest was also fed for a fairly long time.  The middle sister was only breastfed for 4 months before being put onto formula.  While the baby and are still very bright, the middle sister has gone on to be a doctor, and at the top of her class!  So, don't think there were too many negative effects there.



 



At the end of the day, it is each to their own and I don't think we should be too critical of each other, we are just doing the best we can in our life circumstances.



 



 



 



 



 

Janet - posted on 05/14/2009

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Quoting Tara:

Why do you want to stop? The WHO advises women to breastfeed their babies until age 2 or later. The AAP recommends at least until age 1.


 



Hi Tara, I see you found a forum for your breast feeding debate (have just read through your thread on rice cereal).  The mother in this thread, as far as I can see hasn't even mentioned baby's age, so don't think  you need to bash her with stats yet.  But I would just like to make comment on those that you have mentioned.  On the out set: I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and breastfed for 9 months, so am well aware of the benefits and realise that breastfeeding is wonderful, FOR SOME.  I did not enjoy breastfeeding, but did it anyway, for a number fo reasons.



The WHO USED to recommend breastfeeding until the age of 2 or later,  this was because they were taking into account the huge number of improvished women living mainly in Africa, who can not provide their children with any other nutrients other than the breast milk.  You may be interested to know that the WHO has actually significantly reduced the recommended age to well under a year, this is because thanks to ARVs many babies are being born HIV negative, being breastfed leads to infection and re-infection for HIV positive babies.



Babies on REALLY need your breastmilk for 4 months, while they establish their own immunity.



Statistics and recommendations on these, can be "dangerous" you have got to look objectively who is being included.



I really feel for so many Mums who can't feed because there are so many critics out there who make them feel really awful! 



Just an example of stats vs real life examples.  I am the eldest of  girls,  I was breastfed for 9 months, the youngest was also fed for a fairly long time.  The middle sister was only breastfed for 4 months before being put onto formula.  While the baby and are still very bright, the middle sister has gone on to be a doctor, and at the top of her class!  So, don't think there were too many negative effects there.



 



At the end of the day, it is each to their own and I don't think we should be too critical of each other, we are just doing the best we can in our life circumstances.



 



 



 



 



 

Janet - posted on 05/14/2009

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Hi Lee-Anne,

You can reduce the number of breast feeds per day, breast milk is a supply and demand product, so if you are feeding less often your milk will naturally dry up.

I breastfed for 9 months and at the end was mixed feeding formula and breast. But there ws a little milk left over for ages in my boobs, if that worries you, then you can take the pill.

Jinglebones - posted on 05/13/2009

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I found that a nice hot shower helps with engorgement and (dont laugh too hard) cold cabbage leaves tucked into your bra will give you some relief. It took about 5 days both times for me - just let it dry up - I had my boys down to one feeding a day at the time that I stopped. No need for drugs. I didnt know they had them...

Joycelynn - posted on 05/13/2009

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There is absolutely no reason to use a drug to stop breastfeeding...Wow, they really have that??? Anyway, if you have decided to wean the baby, you can do it in so many different ways. I would suggest finding the best way for you and tapering off. No drugs. Engorgement hurts only for a couple of days and then your body reabsorbs what it doesn't use.

Kat - posted on 05/13/2009

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I plan to slowly start weaning my bub next month. I'm going to drop a feed per month up till 12 months. I will drop the morning tea feed 1st & not the dinner or breakfast feeds. I think if you drop the 1st or last feed of the day 1st up then you create a larger gap between feeds & this will cause engorgement that can be very painful. I have had mastitis & it is awful - really awful. So month one I'm dropping morning tea, month 2 i'll drop lunch, month 3 i'll drop dinner & month 4 i'll drop breakfast. My daughter is already eating 4 solid meals a day, so her nutritional intake will still be right up there.

Christina - posted on 05/13/2009

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WHAT? Drugs?!? Weaning has been a tried & true method for millions (including myself on 3 infants). It is completely physically pain free, but it can take a couple of weeks to months depending on your schedule. Start by eliminating one feeding at breast (eg early morning feed) for a few days/weeks, then eliminate a second feeding at breast (eg mid afternoon feed), keep this two feed reduction for a few more days/weeks, then get rid of another and so on. This way your body naturally reduces the amount of milk produced without the need for pumping, cabbage leaves, or drugs! I'd suggest leaving babies 'neediest feeds' in your schedule the longest. These are often the ones right before bedtime and naptime (as with my 3), but that may vary based on each baby.

Angela - posted on 05/13/2009

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I used cabbage! its odd I know but within minutes you feel relief! You wash it and put it in the fridge, so it will be cold. Then you peel layers off and lay them across your chest. You leave it there until its not cold anymore. All of a sudden, you are dry! You may have to do it more than once but it really does work!

Jodie - posted on 05/13/2009

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i stopped feeding during the day but would feed during the night!! i expressed milk in the day but never too much i found the less he fed the less i had it dried up after about two weeks (he'd also stopped the night feed and slept through which helped)

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The pill to help dry up breast milk has been around for many years. My sister in law took it when she had her first daughter (who is 20 now). I believe this is the "drug" the OP is talking about...not street drugs. As for how to stop without it? I just stopped. Everyone told me it would hurt but for me it didn't hurt any more than my breasts hurt at the begining of my pregnancy. They felt heavy and full but that only lasted maybe 3 days. I think I may have been lucky because I had a friend who stopped breastfeeding and it was horrible for her! It took her a few weeks to dry up and for the discomfort to go down to a tolerable level. My doctor said pretty much the same thing everyone else has said...cold packs, wear a tight fitting bra (like a sports bra), avoid showers that are too warm. I've also heard that sage is a good natural remedy that aids in the drying up of breast milk. Good luck :)

Molissa - posted on 05/13/2009

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i had to stop because i had bronchitis really bad when i was pregnant. after he was born it got worse and i had started breast feeding. i went to a pulmonologist and was told it was also really bad asthma. I had asthma when I was 10, but not bad enough for meds. I had to be on really heavy steroids, so I had to quit. But I just pumped about an ounce from my boobs every day for about a week, then just quit. After a couple of days I hurt, but really warm showers helped. Then a week later, I stopped hurting and realized I dried up.

Nikki - posted on 05/13/2009

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cabbage....put the cabbage leaves over ur breasts and it will dry them up very quickly

Mel - posted on 05/13/2009

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i stopped breast feeding at 2 weeks, if was the most terrible thing in the world for me and bub! But i was in tears from the pain. I went and got an electric breast pump from the pharmacy and used it at my aunts place to relief the pain the trick is to express but express less and less each time. i would express one bottle of milk and get rid of it around once a day then just would get less and less, maybe half a bottle of milk then evenutally you will dry up. as long as you express regularly but small amounts your milk supply will go and have lots of warm showers it eases the pain

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It's not recomended but if you are certain you want to wean your baby early, start reducing regularity of breast feedings by substituting them with formula. Tight fitting bra's and clothes will help but beware of underwire as it can cause clogged milkducts and mastitis...ouch. Once baby is down to only once or twice a day you can switch over completely. If you are engourged and uncomfortable cabbage in your bra will help relieve some of it (strange but true) Your milk should dry up on its own naturally. Is there a reason you wanted to wean early? The benefits are still there for baby and you even if you only breastfeed some of the time.

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Hi Lee-Anne, Just drop one feed at a time. I woudl drop a feed and substitute food or a bottle. If you do that for 3 days per feed it works well. it did for me anyway and i didn't get any engorgement. Best of Luck!

Rebecca - posted on 05/13/2009

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i have never heard of such a thing. i live in ireland and its not something recomended here

Rebecca - posted on 05/13/2009

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if you want to just stop over night use water retention tablets. take twice the recommended dose. will have you dry in two days without to much uncomfortableness. only use the tablets if you are stopping outright as they are not suitable for your baby.

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wear a tight bra or 2, like a sports bra, ice your breasts, and tuck cold cabbage leaves under your bra next to the skin. that helps to slow ans even stop milk production. and don't pump or squeeze out any breast milk or you will just keep making more. it's painful cause you might be engorged, but the ice and the tight bra and cabbage leaves will help. trust me! i know the whole cabbage leaf thing is weird but just try it.

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