What to expect when weaning

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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In the last two blogs, we covered what happens to your breasts as they prepare to nurse for the first time. For today’s blog, we’re going to cover what happens when you stop nursing—a process known as weaning.

All children will eventually transition from mother’s milk to solid foods. For some mothers, this may need to happen sooner rather than later. Maybe there are health concerns, such as digestive issues with the child or breast cancer within the mom.

But whatever the reason, you should wean your child when you are both ready. When that time comes, there are certain things you should watch out for:

  • Mastitis

This is an infection of the breast tissue, and can lead to swelling, redness and pain. You may also get fever and the chills. This typically can happen during breastfeeding, but if you wean suddenly, this condition may develop.

  • Inexplicable sadness

This can occur during the weaning process for a number of reasons. One is because you no longer have that bond with your child, and you are mourning it. Another is because your body releases large amounts of prolactin while you are nursing, and this chemical is responsible for making you feel euphoric. When that is suddenly gone, it can make you feel down in the dumps.

  • Changing breast mass

At first, your breasts will feel soft, but after a few days, they’ll become engorged again. Some women try to counter this by pumping, but that’s the last thing you want to do, since that will only stimulate the breasts and cause you to continue to make milk. You should also avoid stimulating them in other ways over the next few days—for example, don’t face forward into a hot shower. Eventually, they will soften back up.

Jayhawk Pharmacy encourages nursing, especially during Breastfeeding Awareness Month. We carry a number of maternity products in our online catalog to help you nurse.

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