Do You Need To Pump Breast Milk When Weaning?
I want to ask, I want to feed my baby, but there is still a lot of breast milk, does it need to be pumped or not? If you pump it up, don’t you dry the original, but add a lot?
Hello Esthu, Thank you for the question.
If you want to wean or stop breastfeeding your child, it is recommended that you know in advance whether your child is ready to be weaned. Some experts believe that a baby can be weaned if the baby has been able to sit with his head held up for a long time, open his mouth and look interested when he sees people eating, has good coordination between eyes, mouth, and hands so they can feed themselves, and the baby's weight has been reach double the weight at birth. However, the exact time of weaning depends on each mother.
What you need to know is if you want to wean, take this action slowly. This action aims to avoid the breasts become swollen and painful. If you stop breastfeeding or pump breast altogether, the milk can accumulate and cause the breast to become swollen and even infected. You can slowly reduce the frequency of breastfeeding and pumping your breasts. Thus, the production of ASI will gradually decrease. You can start gradually, for example by weaning during the day but keep breastfeeding at night. Or, you can replace one time breastfeeding with bottle or cup milk. Another thing you can try is trying to put your child to sleep without giving breast milk gradually. In this case, you can try to distract the child for example by reading a book before going to sleep. The most important thing in weaning is the comfort of you and your child because weaning is often an emotional moment for both mother and child. You don't need to rely on others for the right way or time to wean.
Hopefully this information helps you.