Wean slowly to prevent suffering from engorgement. If you wean too quickly, your breasts won't get the signal from your pituitary gland that the demand for milk is down, and they'll feel like they're filled to bursting.
If you do become engorged, cool packs can help relieve the pain, as can acetaminophen (like Tylenol). Going back to nursing isn't a good idea. "It might confuse your baby -- and your breasts," says Dr. Neifert. "Instead, pump your breast milk." Baby can drink it, or you can mix it into his cereal.
While some women are ecstatic about ending nursing, others have mixed feelings, and a few are downright wistful. "One minute you're thinking, How much longer is he going to be doing this? But the next, it's, Oh, my sweet baby is all grown up!" says Dr. Neifert. Her advice: Be thrilled about your baby's independence -- but don't be surprised if you also experience a slight pang. You may miss the days when he needed you for everything, even his nightly feeding.
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