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Q&A: What Can I Do to Ease Weaning?

How can pumping help me wean?
ByJeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
January 30, 2017
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When you try to wean you’ll begin to offer baby less breast milk, and it’s normal for your breasts to become uncomfortably full (aka engorged). Each time this happens, pump — or hand express — just enough milk to ease the pressure. If you were to pump your breasts until they were empty, your supply would stick around (or might even increase), but if you pump tiny amounts of milk, you’ll signal your body to slow down production. You should notice a decrease in milk within a few days.

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