Q&A: I'm Trying to Wean, Now What?

Are there medicines that can help me wean?
ByJeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist
March 2, 2017
Hero Image

There are prescription medications that have been used in the past and are still used in very rare circumstances, but they are generally not recommended since there are serious health risks associated with their use.The safest way to wean is to make it a gradual process, eliminating one daily feeding at a time, then waiting a few days for your body to adjust before eliminating the next one.

There are a couple of natural ways to help decrease your milk supply as you slowly eliminate feedings:Mint: Peppermint oil helps to reduce milk supply. Mint tea or breath-mints that contain pure peppermint oil (such as Altoids) can be a pleasant way to help ease your supply a bit.

Sage: Many health food stores carry sage capsules. These can be helpful in reducing milk supply as you wean. You can also try sage tea.

In some cases moms have used over-the-counter decongestants to help lower milk supply, but discuss this practice with your doctor first to make sure it’s a safe option for you.

Related Video
end night time feeding, sleeping baby

How to Night Wean Baby

profile picture of Kristina Cappetta
Kristina Cappetta
baby demonstrating one of the nine faces of weaning

9 Faces of Weaning Every Parent Needs to Know, According to Experts

profile picture of Stephanie Grassullo
Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor

Q&A: How Can I Prevent Mastitis?

profile picture of Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist

Q&A: Does Weaning Affect Fertility?

profile picture of Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Q&A: Do I Need to Wean Baby?

profile picture of Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
mom cuddling bed baby

How to Stop Breastfeeding (and Keep Baby Happy)

profile picture of Lisa Milbrand
Lisa Milbrand
Contributing Writer
Article removed.