Breast feeding offers, feeding, comfort, closeness and connection between mother and child, however it have to come to an end one day.
A gradual wind-down of breastfeeding will give both the mother and the child sufficient time to adjust and get used to the new phase.
Breast feeding have to stop at the right time though observation have shown that it could take up to a week or six months for some mothers to achieve it due to their peculiar circumstances.
Why most mothers want to stop breast feeding?
This is when the breast or the nipples become sore, cracked and/or painful.
Short supply of breast milk
Some women get concerned that they do not have sufficient breast milk or are not lactating well (there are natural and medical remedies for this, if necessary)
Going back to work doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop breastfeeding.
You don’t have to give up on breast feeding your child because of your vacation.
Time to have a new baby
Pregnancy does not mean you have to stop breastfeeding, it is in rare cases that women are advised to stop breastfeeding before getting pregnant.
General approach to stop breast feeding
This is the most popular approach whereby you selectively reduce breast feeding sessions every few days to avoid discomfort to your baby or yourself from engorged breasts, clogged ducts or mastitis, an infection of the milk ducts in your breast.
However, you can maintain both the early morning and bed-time breast feeding sessions to sustain closeness to your baby and ease of sleeping at night.
Adopt the gradual but firm approach. Designate a specific time and place for breast feeding, begin to speak to your toddler letting them know it is going to be “later” or “only at bedtime”. Do not offer it to them, control their request for it.
This approach may be due to medical exigencies and other unexpected reasons. It comes with complications like breast engorgement, plugged ducts or mastitis,
10 ways to Stop Breast feeding
1. Prepare the baby
Prepare and adapt the baby to suck content from feeding bottle or cup before you attempt to discontinue breastfeeding. The baby must be ready to take formula food, semi-solid and solid foods later.
2. Adjust your sleeping position
The sucking of the nipples to extract baby milk by the baby leads to the stimulation of the nipples, thus the nipples becomes more sensitive to external stimulation over the months. The mum should adopt sleeping on the back side to avoid nipples stimulation which leads to milk production, this deprive the baby of milk.
3. Sleeping separately
During the period you are trying to wean your child, keep your child on a separate bed or in the baby room to minimize and/or avoid frequent cuddling of the baby to sleep. Sleeping by the baby or cuddling will attract the baby to the nipples.