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.

happy breast feeding

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?

Hurting breasts

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)

 

Work resumptionBreast feeding at work

Going back to work doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop breastfeeding.

 

Travel Vacation

You don’t have to give up on breast feeding your child because of your vacation.

breast feeding pregnant woman

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

Gradual approach

For Infants

  • 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.

For toddlers

  • 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.

Immediate approach

  • 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.

 

4. Reduce/avoid sex

Love making stimulate the breast leading to excessive milk production. You should try to sleep alone for some few days until milk generation in the breasts has reduced significantly.

6. Teas and Herbs

Teas and herbs like, sage, peppermint, parsley and jasmine are also recommended by many authorities to help reduce breast milk supply faster.

7. Cabbage leaves

The use of cold raw cabbage leaves an old and natural method is also used in weaning babies. Place the raw leaves on your breast and inside the bra. It will assist in reducing milk supply. The leaves have to be replaced with fresh ones daily. When the milk supply goes down, your child will be discouraged and make choice for alternative forms of food.

8. Ice packs

This is another old weaning method for relieving the pain of engorgement—just put them inside your bra or in a pad before placing it in the bra to reduce discomfort.

9. Fitting bras

It is important that you wear the right type of bra when you want to give-up breastfeeding the baby. It should not be either too tight or too loose. Steer clear from underwired bras, instead opt for sports bras. You can also look for specialized nursing bras.

10. Medical intervention

If the milk production does not abate or there is a persisting pain or any other discomfort either for you or the baby, it is important that you should seek medical help. The doctor will recommend appropriate measures, procedures and drugs (pain killers) to alleviate the condition.

doctor and nursing mother

Do not hesitate to speak with other experienced nursing mothers that are more experienced than you or meet a breastfeeding counselor.

Weaning period is a time your baby misses her most first nutritional menu and the cherished closeness, so ensure that if the milk is not available, the closeness does not diminish.

6 Replies to “How to Stop Breast feeding”

  1. Please is there any precise time to stop breast feeding?I mean how many month old oryear old should one stop breast feeding

    1. Hi Kemi,
      The time to stop breastfeeding varies due to some critical factors that affect nursing mothers differently. My advice to nursing mothers is that they should comply with the effective 6-months exclusive breastfeeding and go further beyond one year and do a mix between semi-solid/solid foods into the second year.
      It is a decision between the mum and the child. Consideration for both parties is critical. As you may know breast feeding is beyond feeding alone.
      Thank you for taking your time out to go through this post.

    1. Dear Kemi, thank you for visiting my site, I am happy that the post is helpful to you. I will appreciate if you can continue to check my site for similar information. Cheers!

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