Weaning from the breast to bottle feeding
While the unique health benefits of breast milk are well documented there are a number of reasons why breastfeeding is not an option.
Every little bit counts!
If you have breastfed your baby for the first three months they have had a significant period of time to benefit from your antibodies. The longer you can last feeding presents further health benefits so hang in as long as you are able.
The first step in weaning is to gradually introduce a formula bottle (as opposed to your breast milk). If you are able to gradually cut the number of breastfeeding session per day your milk supply will slowly reduce and hopefully lessen painful engorgement. Many mums like to keep one or two feeds a day as part of the bedtime routine.
Use these tricks if you have painful engorged breasts:
- Apply cold compresses eg a cold gel pack or the famous chilled cabbage leaves.
- Try to avoid expressing any milk for relief.
- Keep the circulation flowing with a well-fitting, supportive bra (most likely in a much bigger size than normal.) Binding your breasts could lead to a painful breast infection or clogged milk ducts.
Check with your doctor about taking a suitable pain reliever.