Tips on weaning your baby from breastfeeding

Lactation Specialist Wendy Haldeman, IBCLC, shares advice for mothers on the best methods for weaning your baby from breastfeeding
Tips on Weaning Your Baby from Breastfeeding
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Tips on weaning your baby from breastfeeding

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When a mother and a baby mutually decide that breastfeeding should come to an end -- which hopefully this is the situation -- the best way to do that is for mom to simply drop one feeding or one pumping a week. Depending on the age of the baby, that feeding is replaced with formula. If the baby is really young, the milk needs to be delivered in a bottle, if they are older, they can have a cup. If the mom is in a hurry, if she has some health issues, she has to go on medication suddenly, has to have surgery, something along those lines. What the mother can do is simply stop the breastfeeding completely. Then using a pump, do nothing, but when the breasts get really full, you pump enough out of them to relieve the pressure. That takes about a week. The first way is nicer to mom and baby. It takes about a month.
BABY, Breastfeeding, Weaning

Lactation Specialist Wendy Haldeman, IBCLC, shares advice for mothers on the best methods for weaning your baby from breastfeeding

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Wendy Haldeman, RN, MN, IBCLC

Lactation Specialist

Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC is a co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury. She received both her nursing and lactation education at UCLA, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor. She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field. Wendy facilitates the New Mother Support groups, and teaches the prenatal Breastfeeding and Baby Care Classes at The Pump Station. She and her husband Tim are proud of their two grown daughters and their 15 month old granddaughter.

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