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Breastfeeding

Stopping Breastfeeding

When you are ready to stop breastfeeding it can be hard to know where to start.

Whatever your baby's age it is important to go gradually. Stopping suddenly can increase the risk of engorgement or mastitis in your breasts. If you take out one feed from your baby's schedule every few days, this will help to reduce this risk and make the transition easier for you both.

Babies feed for comfort as well as food and easing the breastfeeding out of their diet may be more difficult for some than others. Have lots of cuddles and skin to skin time, instead of the feeds.

Read more about gradually stopping breastfeeding


Who can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) offers support for all parents and carers with children aged 0 to 5 years.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

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