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How to Wean From Pumping Breast Milk

For many breastfeeding mothers, pumping is an essential part of their routine. It allows them to store milk for times when they are unable to breastfeed, or it can be used as a supplement if they need to provide extra milk for their baby.

But eventually, the time comes when you will want to wean from pumping. Here is a guide on how to do that.

When to start weaning

The best time to start weaning from pumping depends on your individual situation and the needs of your baby. If you have been exclusively breastfeeding, you can usually begin the process around six months after your baby is born.

However, if you have been supplementing with formula or another type of food since birth, then it may be wise to wait until nine months or longer before weaning from pumping entirely.

You should also consider any special circumstances such as a premature birth or health issues that could affect the timing of when to start weaning from pumping.

How to wean from pumping

When it’s time to take the plunge and start weaning from pumping, you want to do so gradually so that your body has time to adjust without any major shocks.

Start by reducing the amount of time spent each day using the pump until it’s no longer needed at all. This will help your body produce less milk over time and make it easier for you in the long run.

Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated and eat enough calories during this transition period so that your body has the energy it needs for recovery and repair after lactation has ended.

Additionally, some women find that using herbs such as sage, peppermint, parsley or fenugreek can help reduce their production of breastmilk during this period of transition.

Talk with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements as they may interact with other medications or cause health issues in some people.

Lastly, don’t forget about emotional support – this can be key in getting through this transition period! Consider seeking out other mothers who have gone through similar experiences or join online communities where people discuss their experiences with weaning from pumping (or breastfeeding).


Weaning from pumping can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be! By taking things slowly and staying hydrated and nourished throughout the process, most women find that weaning from pumping goes much more smoothly than expected.

Remember – everyone’s experience is different so try not worry too much about comparing yourself others’ stories; focus instead on doing what works best for you! Good luck!

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