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When You Wean

Any amount of breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. There is no predetermined time or recommended age when you should wean. However long you breastfeed depends on you and your baby's circumstances and wishes.

Sudden weaning is NOT advised. Abrupt weaning can result in a plugged milk duct, mastitis, or a breast abscess. It can also create sudden hormonal drops that may result in mood swings. Weaning gradually will be easier on you and your baby, and will give your body a chance to adjust to not making milk.

Tips For Weaning Slowly

• Replace one feeding at a time.

• Replace one feeding every few days until weaning is complete.

• Wait until the end of weaning to replace your baby's favorite feeding.

• Increase cuddling time, keep baby busy, and minimize situations that encourage breastfeeding.

• Expect breastfeeding to increase if baby becomes ill.

• Expect milk production to continue for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

• Don't offer and don't refuse nursing.

If you have weaned and want to nurse again, talk to your peer counselor. She might be able to help you make milk again.

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