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Stopping Breastfeeding

When you are ready to make the choice to stop breastfeeding it can be hard to know how to do this. Whatever your baby's age it is important to go gradually as stopping suddenly can increase your risk of engorgement or mastitis. If you take out one feed from your babies schedule every few days this will help to reduce this risk and make the transition easier for them and you.

Babies feed for comfort as well as food and easing the breastfeeding out of their diet may be more difficult for some than others so lots of cuddles and skin to skin time will help. *Click here* to get more advice on weaning your baby from the breast.

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 07520631590.

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.

*Click here* to read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby. 

If you would like to make connections with other parents please click on the links for our Just One Norfolk Community Forum; the Norfolk Community Directory and Early Childhood & Family Service (ECFS) below

 

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