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Doctor insights on: What Happens To My Breasts After I Wean

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Can you tell me how much time do your breasts stay engorged after weaning?

Can you tell me how much time  do your breasts stay engorged after weaning?

About 2 to 4 weeks: You can shorten that time by using a good breast binder which will suppress milk production sooner. ...Read more

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Have a strange sensation in right breast that comes and goes . Could it be from weaning ? Why only on 1 breast if from weaning .Normal recent u/s

Have a strange sensation in right breast that comes and goes . Could it be from weaning ? Why only on 1 breast if from weaning .Normal recent u/s

Asymmetry is common: After having weaned from breastfeeding, the milk making machinery needs to shut down, and it doesn't always go smoothly. Some sharp pains, swelling, and aching can be normal for weeks to months. It's normal for one breast to have more pain than the other. If it persists for more than 2-3 months, i'd see a breast doctor. A normal ultrasound is very reassuring that you don't have a cyst/mass. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as improper breast weaning?

Is there such a thing as improper breast weaning?

Abrupt weaning: I recommend breastfeeding for at least 18 months, which is the length of time for the infant's brain development. Therefore weaning before the child is 18 months old is improper. However i believe that most of my colleagues recommend shorter duration of breastfeeding abrupt weaning of the infant is improper. If the mother wants to wean the baby off the breast should do this gradually ...Read more

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Should I be worried that my breasts started hurting after I weaned my child?

Should I be worried that my breasts started hurting after I weaned my child?

Not really: Because they are not being drained regularly, breasts will be tender/sore for a few days to a week or so after you wean. Use cabbage leaves to help promote the dry up process. If they continue to be sore 2+ weeks after, talk to a lactation consultant and/or your doctor. Plugged ducts or mastitis would be the concern. ...Read more

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I've always had small breasts but now after weaning my son, they've become almost non existent! Is this a permanent change? I'm embarrassed almost.

I've always had small breasts but now after weaning my son, they've become almost non existent! Is this a permanent change? I'm embarrassed almost.

Post breast feeding: Unfortunately, in your circumstance, the post breast feeding involution has taken up most of the fat in the breast and left minimal glandular tissue. This may be a permanent change unless another pregnancy is in the offing with partial breast fat restoration. At age 37, the pre teen "tissues in the bra" trick is passe', but a good plastic surgeon can help immensely. ...Read more

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What is the best way for breast weaning?

What is the best way for breast weaning?

Slowly: You should eliminate one feed at a time - over the course of several days. This allows your body to adjust to the decreased demand, and allows your baby to adjust to less nursing time/. ...Read more

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When should I wean my baby off the breast?

When should I wean my baby off the breast?

Lenght of breastfeed: American academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for one year or longer because of numerous benefits to both mother and infant. However i recommend 18-24 months of breastfeeding. Extended breastfeeding benefits the infant's immune system and the central nervous system development. Most experts believe that the brain development may be related to bonding that results from social interaction. ...Read more