Q: Good morning…… I weaned my son when he was 1yr and 2 months and I did not feel any pain or engorgement on my breast….is it normal?
A: Hi! Thanks for writing in and congratulations on your new baby.
I would have thought you’d be excited by the lack of pain you felt…rather than wondering if it is normal 😀
People usually stop breastfeeding in one of two ways:
You can stop gradually over a period of time. Replace some feeds during the day with other foods or even milk (just not from you). Usually the first and last feeds of the day are the most difficult to replace or give up as they are your baby’s sorta emotional anchors 😀 But keep at it over a period of weeks and the breast milk production will gradually ‘dry up’. This method is more likely to produce the result you had…pain-free and no engorgement. So, this is normal. Enjoy!
The other option is to just stop putting baby to the breast. If your baby feels it’s also a good idea to stop, then you’re good. If not, you may have to be very creative with means and ways of distracting him/her. In this second situation, you are more likely to find your breasts engorged. Please ensure that you get the right support for your breasts. In the good old days, mothers would tell their daughters to tie a wrapper tightly across their breasts. A lot of people swear by it…I don’t 😀 If you’re more jet age, though wear a tight supportive bra. For the pain, take analgesics and also apply cold packs to your breasts.
Try not to stimulate the nipples during this period. This encourages milk production. Hubby should kindly take note too J
All the best as you move to a new phase of parenting!
Have a good night y’all 😀