Carol Ann Friedman on Weaning
Carol Ann Friedman, R. N., Certified Lactation Consultant, is a practicing lactation consultant in Pasadena, California. She is the founder and owner of Mother and Me, a small chain of maternity and nursing retail stores and breastfeeding centers that provide services to breastfeeding mothers. Mother and Me provides lactation support programs for numerous major corporations nationwide.

Your Baby Today is proud to feature expert Q&A with Ms. Friedman. New questions and answers will be added to this page regularly. If you have any questions for Carol Ann, please write to her at While Ms. Friedman cannot respond to each individual inquiry, we will post answers to the most common questions here.

Q: What advice do you have for weaning?

A: When mother or baby decides to wean, I encourage mothers to do this gradually to prevent severe engorgement, plugged ducts, and/or infections. Sometimes, however, even though a mother may follow a gradual weaning process, she still may become engorged. The best way to treat this sudden engorgement is to use a breast pump to decrease the engorgement for several minutes -- just enough pumping to relieve some of the pressure. Then, apply ice packs or old cabbage leaves to the breast(s) for 10 to 15 minutes to decrease the swelling.

The content on these pages is provided as general information only and should not be substituted for the advice of your physician.

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