Weaning from Breastfeeding and Mastitis

Why is weaning my baby so difficult?

Some breast pumping and breastfeeding mothers will get mastitis as they try to wean their babies. Even with the slow approach their milk supply never seems to dwindle. Some women seem to have a harder time with milk reduction than others. This can be an even greater challenge when mothers return to work. Breastfeeding and mastitis during weaning can possibly be avoided using the slow approach to breast weaning.

Slow approach is a gradual cutting back of the number of times you breastfeed during the day is the weaning method of choice for experienced nursing mothers. Not only will a slow approach help stave off the breast engorgement, depression, and possibilities of mastitis that can accompany early or abrupt weaning, but it will make the transition to a bottle or cup an easy one.

For some mothers the slow approach will have to get slower. Eliminate only one feeding a week and empty breasts for the other feedings.

Weaning and pain of mastitis are not a given. Use the slow approach to avoid the pitfalls of weaning and breastfeeding.

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