Re: weaning/ cutting back
The first thing she should know is that it is recommended that breastmilk be the baby's primary source of nutrition for the first 12 months. If breastmilk isn't available in sufficient quantities, the mom should use formula to supplement until the first birthday, allowing the baby to take increasing quantities of solids as desired.
Any time a mother drops pumping sessions, her supply will decrease. That can mean a) more formula supplements and b) weaning sooner than may be desired. Less supply can mean less nursing and more supplements which in turn result in less supply and more supplements...
If she knows all that but still wants to cut back, she should do the following:
- Drop a single pumping or nursing session
- Wait a while for supply to decrease, while watching carefully for side-effects of dropped sessions (e.g. mastitis, plugged ducts)
- When she feels that supply has decreased and she's no longer feeling full or leaking at the time when the dropped session would have occured, she can repeat the 2 steps above until she has gotten rid of all the unwanted session.
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