Continuing to breastfeed

Once you get beyond the 6-month period of exclusive breastfeeding, you can expect changes in the volume and composition of your breast milk.

Changes to breast milk after 6 months

The amount of breast tissue remains constant from 1 to 6 months of lactation, but decreases significantly between 6 and 9 months, when there is a only a small decrease in milk production. Once you get to 15 months of lactation, your breasts will have returned to their pre-conception size.

As your baby begins to eat more and more solids they will demand less breast milk and you will automatically produce less.

Emptying the breast

While breasts do not need to be emptied to satisfy most babies, draining the breast is still recommended to prevent complications of blocked ducts and inflammation.

Feeding on demand

If your baby is growing normally, you don’t need to worry about following set breastfeeding routines. Your baby will let you know when they’re hungry and whether they need one or both breasts for a meal.

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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