January 20, 2020
This method involves the mother initiating the weaning. The mother drops a nursing session and instead feeds the infant stored breastmilk, donor milk, or formula. Her body will adjust to skipping that feeding session in a few days. At that point, she can drop another nursing session at an opposite time of the day, and again allow her body to adjust before continuing to drop additional nursing sessions. Once she drops her last nursing session, she may need to express her milk to provide comfort for a day or two. It will often take at least two weeks for a mother to fully wean from nursing.
If the mother prefers to stop nursing immediately, she can wean via pumping. She would pump to comfort at regular intervals, such as every four hours. The breasts should not be fully emptied. Once she is comfortable with every four hours, she should decrease to every six hours, then eventually every eight hours, then ten hours, etc. The speed of weaning depends on how her breasts adjust. Her breasts should be comfortable without excessive engorgement before increasing the intervals between pumping.