Choosing to stop breastfeeding is called weaning. To wean, begin by offering your baby breast milk or formula in a cup or with a bottle (depending on the age of the baby) in place of the same nursing session each day until your milk is gone. Slow weaning (eliminating no more than one breastfeeding session each week) will promote greater maternal comfort. Adjust the timetable as needed for the comfort of you and your baby. You may experience leaking after weaning. This is natural and will stop. Any milk left in the breast will be absorbed by your body usually within two months.
If your have questions or need assistance after your return home, feel free to call our lactation consultants at Parkwest at (865) 373-4081.