Stress Free Weaning
Most babies that are eating adequate nutritional food in the second year of life feed on average from the breast two to three times a day. Weaning your baby from breastfeeds should be done slowly over a couple of weeks. You can wean abruptly, but this usually results in sore, full, engorged breasts.
If there is a good reason to do it quickly, then it is advised to take medication prescribed by a doctor to help decrease the prolactin levels in your body. That’s the hormone that produces milk. Your breasts will feel full at first. Do breastcare regularly: gentle massage in the shower or bath to ensure a comfortable process. The dose of medication can be repeated if necessary. Within a few days your breasts will feel softer.
However, gentle weaning is really the easiest, less emotional way to go. If baby is feeding during the day, replace it with a healthy snack and offer water. After a few days, replace either the morning or evening breastfeed by offering milk (full cream cows’ milk or a follow-on growth milk) in a training cup before or around the meal times. Your milk supply
will decrease with less stimulation and baby should become disinterested at the breast.
Once baby has settled after a couple of days, drop the last feed in the same way. Your breasts will settle within a couple of days, with gentle breast care, and can take up to 40 days to dry up completely.