Beth Graham, Lactation Midwife, The Portland Hospital for Women and Children
Q I am about to stop breastfeeding. How can I prevent discomfort or mastitis?
A The more time you can take to stop breastfeeding the better. It gives your body time to adjust to the decrease in demand, reduces discomfort and risk of mastitis. I would recommend stopping over a minimum of a 2 week period but it can be done more quickly with the support of a lactation consultant.
Drop a feed a week from the daytime feeds and try to start and end the day with a breastfeed. If at any stage you experience increasing discomfort, reintroduce as many breastfeeds as necessary and cut back more slowly. You can stop at any stage and continue to mix feed your baby. Many women continue to breastfeed morning and night. The baby usually adjusts well to mixed feeding, and this prolongs the time you have a special bond with your baby while breastfeeding.
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