How to Stop Breastfeeding Successfully

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it's time to and I'm going back to work

after five months I'm wondering what is

the best way for me and the baby to

transition off of breastfeeding

registered nurse and lactation

consultant Jada Chatterjee joins us to

answer this question because you I'm

assuming it asked is pretty much all the

time yes so my first recommendation is

to know that the American Pediatrics

Association recommends that you

breastfeed your baby exclusively for the

first six months of life and then you

continue to complement ad breastfeeding

and complementary foods to your baby's

diet so congratulations to mom on having

her beautiful chunky little baby and

also congratulations for continuing your

career so it's most important to

identify at your work environment where

you can pump because a designated work

space for moms to pump in the

environment is the law that's here in

California so we want to make sure

that's very important to know the second

thing which most women always ask me is

when am I gonna get the most amount of

milk so you can pump first thing in the

morning because that's when you're gonna

have the most amount of milk available

and then you want to continue pumping

every three to four hours following

throughout the day until you return back

to your baby you can store your breast

milk in the refrigerator for up to seven

days and the furthest back part of the

refrigerator where's the coldest and you

can keep it in the freezer for up to a

year so if you plan yeah if you plan in

advance then you can start pumping milk

to store for your baby as soon as

breastfeeding is successfully

established which is somewhere between

two weeks and a month of your baby's

life that's when the husband rolls into

the freezer

so I think that's all amazing fantastic

advice how do you transition or wean

then down so let's say you're doing this

every two to three hours and you're

pumping and you're storing how do you

decrease the frequency of those pumps

and those feedings in a way that doesn't

leave you engorged or uncomfortable or

stripped your supply great question so

you all it's always easiest if mom and

baby make that decision that they no

longer are interested in breastfeeding

so you and the baby have to have a

conversation and say oh we're both over

this okay and then you want to decrease

the times that you're feeding the baby

and you want to decrease the number of

pumps that you're doing you also want to

make sure that you're wearing a form

fitted bra in order to begin suppressing

your milk supply so that way your milk

supply will continue to go down if the

baby is at the breast often then your

body produces more milk so then you want

to do the opposite of that I think you

need to be prepared for some variability

right some babies are not going to want

to stop on a dime like that whereas some

if you give them you know the bottle

option with moms milk they will they

will take that readily so everybody's

different even even siblings are really

different because my older one loved to

nurse a nurse for 13 months and then I

completely it sounds really ridiculous

to say you and baby have this

conversation but my younger guy Vaughn

seven eight months was like peace out

I'm done

you see since it's individual there's a

reason why there are people like you

Jada as the lactation consultant

specialize in this so if you're having

any issues or concerns

hooking yourself up with someone like

you Jada it seems like a great course of

action keep up the good work thank you