Children’s Medical Center is fortunate to have on staff a Lactation Educator who is able to help with breastfeeding questions and issues. It is our goal to help support nursing mothers in any way we can if they chose to breastfeed their babies.
The information below is an online supplement to our clinic services and is provided by trusted medical professionals. We encourage you to review it and to contact our offices if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing.
- Change the routine. Have Dad take over the bedtime or nursing-time tasks that Mom formerly handled (dressing, reading stories).
- Take the weaning child for a long car ride at nursing time.
- Introduce a "transition object"-a toy, lullaby tape or book, for example-at 12 to 15 months, so the baby learns to associate something besides nursing with going to sleep. This will make it much easier to wean your baby.
- Offer a snack-juice and a favorite food-at nursing time.
- The favorite nursing sessions (e.g., morning and bedtime) should be last to go.
- Manage engorged breasts with a "bra salad"-raw cabbage leaves tucked between your breast and the bra.
- Manually express as much milk as you can when you feel painfully full.
- Sleep in a stretchy exercise bra, with nursing pads to soak up leaking milk. It's not unusual to leak for more than a month after weaning. Some women's breasts still produce a drop or two of milk more than a year after they wean their baby.