The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for two years or beyond, as mutually desired by mom and baby.
When you want to or need to wean (meaning stop milk production), it’s best for your body to do so gradually. If you are actively seeking to stop milk production, see information about drying up your milk.
If you have had mastitis, you may be worried about getting it again during weaning. The most helpful approach to minimize the risk of mastitis is to gradually reduce the duration and frequency of breastfeeding or expressing during the day. You can expect to have some lumpiness in your breasts as your milk ducts change. Taking ibuprofen 600 mg three to four times a day can help reduce inflammation during the process.