How to ease the discomfort of weaning

Crystal - posted on 05/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 8 months old and has 7 or 8 teeth, after thinking long and hard I've decided to wean him from breastfeeding. It's only been one day and my breast are engorged and painful, does anyone have any suggestion on how to sooth the pain and how long does it normally take for the milk to dry up? Thank you ladies!

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Kathy - posted on 05/25/2010

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When I would get engorged and sore, I would take hot showers and just let the spray message my breasts. My milk would naturally drop and spray out til the engorment eased. It took a couple weeks to dry-up this way but it was so much easier than dealing with the pain and the never-ending leakage from numerous let-downs. Once a day was usually all I needed-right before bed.

Crystal - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thanks very much, I did gradually replace the feedings with formula(all accept one feeding) but i'm still in pain, Cabbage must work as that's all that I keep hearing about. I will give it a try. Thanks again.

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Hi Crystal, Have to disagree with Kathleen here - you really need to express a bit to relieve the pressure that's causing the pain. Just a bit of manual expressing will not be sufficient to stimulate your breasts to make milk.

Ideally, weaning should be done slowly. It's a process, not a single action. According to Wikipedia: "Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant, either human or animal, to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk".

The best way to go about it is toremove the least favoured feed and replace it with a cup, bottle or whatever, wait for a few days or a week and continue the process. If it's done gradually, you have less chance of becoming engorged.

If you've had to wean abruptly, some expressing, to relieve pressure, as I said earlier will help. Refrigerate cabbage leaves placed inside your bra for a coupleof hours will help the pain. Ice packs, too, are helpful.

Kathleen - posted on 05/24/2010

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it takes about 4 days for your milk to START to dry up - there is nothing you can do except ice packs. If you pump or express, you will only stimulate your breasts to keep making milk. If its the teeth that is causing to stop early, try pushing his head into your breast when he bites. This will cause him to let go immediately...a couple of times of this and he will get the hint.

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