Hello! I am wanting to stop breastfeeding my 11minth old son. How do I go about this? He has a morning feed at about 6, a few during the day and before I go to bed. When he does wake at night I do feed him although I know it's only a habit I've gotten in
I have tried to give him a dummy, but he refuses. How do I not breastfed at night for comfort and also not get engorged as well? Looking forward to hearing from you. Greatly appreciated.
Answer: Hi, The key to comfortable and successful weaning is to slowly reduce the total number of breastfeeds in a 24 hour period. If at 11 months he's still having overnight breastfeeds then it's a good time to stop these. Offering him a breastfeed in the morning and another when he's settling for sleeps is fine and there are real health benefits to both of you if you continue doing this for as long as you're both happy to do so. But more than around 3 BF in a 24 hour period is being generous at this age. Milk supply adapts according to demand and frequency of sucking, so you'll find that as you reduce feeds your supply will decrease as well. In the meantime look out for signs of engorgement/mastitis and have warm showers, gentle massage and express just for comfort between BF but try not to express too much. Best Jane
Answered: 30 Jul 2015