How did you stop breastfeeding

Angela - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




My son has cut down breastfeeding quite a bit and my breasts are starting to hurt alot. how did you deal with the pain? he could probably go completly on bottles or milk alone but sometimes I cant stand the feeling so I have to feed him my breast milk curious as to what other moms are doing

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Virgenette - posted on 05/02/2013




i worked and i want my baby stop breastfed his 3 days old. what can i do to stop the pain.

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010




my daughter weaned herself when she was just over 1....i started substituting her morning feed for a sippy cup of cows milk at about 11 months, then the same for midday about 2 weeks after and left her night time one to last as breast is best and thought it would sustain her for longer throughout the night. then about a week after her first birthday she started only staying on for abour 2 mins each side and i knew she was ready to stop. ...i think doing it gradually is the way to go. My daughter is 18 months old and STILL when i hear a baby cry in the shops i lactate a bit..but only a tiny bit.
I had mastitis when by daughter was 10 months old which was the WORST PAIN IN MY LIFE, when i stopped breastfeeding the pain was nothing compared to mastitis,lol...but if your breast are still full then just express enough so they pain is relieved. hot showers and heat pads also work a treat :)

Heather - posted on 01/18/2010




hi my name is heather and i have a 3 year old son named roger. i only breast fed for a month but i will never forget the pain i was in when i quit breast feeding all i did was pump as milk out of my breasts as i could and had my husband wrap an ace bandage around them as tight as i could take it. try to leave it on for as long as you can stand it. i did that two to three times a day for about a week and a half. it hurts at first but it worked for me. good luck.

Julia - posted on 01/16/2010




i kept telling myself that if i did not want it harder on my daughter that i would not give her any at all any more. and my sister had her for a few days n wanted to keep her for a few days longer. i use to take a hot shower or bath n express some n put it away. but im sure by now that you have stop

Jen - posted on 01/09/2010




I just went cold turkey. I wasn't producing enough for my daughter and she figured it out so after 2 nights of her screaming and pulling off I just stopped. I guess because my production was low anyway it didn't hurt. I would wean gradually though. Cut out one feeding at a time every other day or something.

Glenna - posted on 01/09/2010




very gradual do one feeding bottle and then the next breast and when ur comfortable try to go as long as u can without breastfeeding and when u get use to that try breast feeding only at night and then it makes it alot easier to get him off

Megan - posted on 01/09/2010




with both of my wiened kids i stopped them cold turkey. The first at 6 wks ( but it had not been going well at all) and the second at 8mth. i waited till i was too uncomfortable to stand it. then i would pump and bind breasts. i only had to do this for a few days until i was pretty much dry. but i guess i was just lucky.

Renee - posted on 01/09/2010




I decided to start cutting down both my boys feeds at 6months, and they both decided to wean themselves off completly and go on the bottle, beacuse i did it gradually, my milk supply dried up, but if you are in pain or having trouble there is medication you can take to dry the milk up, otherwise you could try expressing, but make sure your only expressing as much as you would of been feeding cos if you do it too much you will only be increasing your supply!! Gradually wean off this aswell.

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010




My daughter when cold turkey on me at 4 months. I pumped and stored the breast milk and gave that to her in a bottle...but the key was i would wait until i couldn't handle the pain then i'd pump. For me with in 3 months my breasts just stopped producing but it is different with every person. Hopefully this will help you or at least give you some ideas.

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