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Feeding your baby breastmilk

Deciding to move on from feeding breastmilk or breastfeeding

Deciding to move on from feeding your baby your breastmilk or breastfeeding them can be a really difficult and emotive decision.

For whatever reason it may be that you decide to move on, know that you did do it, no matter how you did it or how long you did it for and that this is a wonderful gift to give your baby which you should be proud of.

If you do decide to stop, you and your baby can still continue to enjoy the many benefits of having skin-to-skin contact and feeding responsively.

It may be helpful to talk to your midwife, NICU team or health visitor about stopping to get support with this, especially if you have established a supply of breastmilk already as it is very important that you do so gradually to avoid any complications such as mastitis. If you would still like your baby to receive some of the benefits of breastmilk, you could also talk to your NICU team about the possibility of them receiving donor milk.