When and how to stop breastfeeding?

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how to stop breastfeeding
how to stop breastfeeding

Breastfeeding if one of the best way of bonding with your baby, it is also the most nutritious thing your baby can consume. Benefits of breastfeeding are numerous but we should know when to stop. After the baby is 6 months old your breast milk is not enough for its nutritional needs and needs something more than that.

When to stop breastfeeding?

Breast milk is all a baby needs until it is six months of age, it is when they start needing solid in there diet. You should not only let your baby be on external sources of nutrition and wean off from the breast because breast milk may still be the prime nutrition source for your baby. When your baby turns one, you can consider weaning. But not always, weaning your baby also depends on how ready you and your baby are to give up breastfeeding.

Inadequate production

Mothers should start deciding on weaning when you stop producing enough milk. Baby needs an extent of nutrition and when you stop producing you should stop.

Lack of interest

When you start introducing a new form of food to the baby and if they like it better then your breast milk, you should stop and make a switch to solid food.

Nutritional requirement

Your milk is not going to enough for your baby for very long, at one point it will need more than that for its growth.

Mothers health

Sometimes if the mother gets sick she will have to wean of abruptly, some medicines will also have high doses of things that can harm your baby.

Biting

When your baby starts teething often times they are more interested in biting than sucking. This may lead to cuts, bruises and sore nipples, causing extreme pain and in some cases infection, which may make you stop breastfeeding your baby.

How to stop breastfeeding?

Sometimes some babies do not wean of and want to have breast milk here are ways it will help you make the switch

Formula Milk

Formula milk is the best alternative for breast milk. You should make gradual changes and adding it to your baby’s diet. Formula milk is heavier than breast milk and will keep your baby full for longer.

Distraction

Sometimes the baby is not hungry when it wants breast milk, sometimes they just want it for closeness or attention. Try and distract your baby in something they enjoy doing and being close to them will also make them feel better.

Solid food

When your baby is six months of age solid food is needed in the diet. Start the transition with smoothly textured food or even ilk based.

Pacifier

Babies are used to sucking on breasts, pacifier can help in not satisfying the hunger but the urge to suck onto something, it can be a great help when you are trying to wean off.

How stopping to breastfeed change your body?

Breastfeeding help both you and your baby, when you stop it has certain effects on your body like it does in your baby’s.

Hormonal imbalance

When you stop breastfeeding the hormones of your body change. The levels of Oxycontin and prolactin may drop substantially, leading to hormonal imbalance.  The hormonal change can cause extreme mood swings and even depression.

Sore breast

When you stop breastfeeding your breast becomes tender and sore it could be due to the accumulated milk. In some cases, breast engorgement may occur, which may be an extremely painful condition.  That is why it is suggested to stop breastfeeding gradually and not all at once.

Periods

Many breastfeeding mothers may not have their periods until they stop breastfeeding their babies, this condition is called temporary infertility or lactational amenorrhea. Your periods start resuming after you stop breastfeeding.

Weight

Most women tend to gain weight after they stop breastfeeding, this may happen because of extra calorie intake that happens during the breastfeeding days and which may not go down the moment they wean off their baby. 

Your milk starts disappearing after a few days of weaning , it may take weeks and in some cases even a year or two, for your breast milk to completely dry up. Stopping to breastfeed after a point is crucial for both you and the baby.

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