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While many of these answers are founded in science, the best source of information for most women on how to stop breastfeeding comes from other moms. Here are 20 tips from moms:

  1. Make sure baby is ready to stop breastfeeding before you attempt to dry up milk supplies. By ready, I mean taking a bottle or cup.
  2. Feed baby expressed pumped milk to relieve pressure on breasts. Some believe breastmilk changes as breasts dry up preparing baby for life without the breast.
  3. Restrict movement and friction against the nipple. Friction stimulates the nipple promoting milk letdown and production.
  4. If baby co-beds and breastfeeds throughout the night, move baby out of your bed. She will nuzzle your breast and try to feed in the night.
  5. Plan to stop before you actually plan to stop. Skip a pumping once a day for a few weeks and then skip two. Eventually, you’ll be down to one pump a day and you’ll have your breasts back.
  6. Let it happen naturally. As baby consumes more solid food and other liquids, they will turn to the breast less often and your milk supply will naturally dry up without the pain.
  7. Wash and dry cabbage leaves and place them between your nipple and bra. May sound gross, but the cabbage relieves the pain.
  8. Take the first two days off work if you are going to stop breastfeeding cold turkey. Your breasts will be rock hard and it’ll hurt to move your arms.
  9. Take an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce pain.
  10. Don’t rush it. The slower you take the process, the less pain you’ll feel.

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