New mothers often battle with questions relating to when and how to stop breastfeeding babies which they wished they had the required answers for. Some of the popular breastfeeding related questions includes:
- How do you stop breastfeeding babies the natural way?
- When is the right time to stop breastfeeding babies?
- How long will it take me to stop breastfeeding my baby?
- What do I do if my baby refuses to stop breastfeeding?
How do you stop breastfeeding babies the natural way?
While the health advantages attached to breastfeeding babies is enormous, it gets to a certain stage where you’d realize the need to stop feeding babies with breast milk. This is when you want to consider helping your baby move to feeding on cups and bottles, depending on his age. By taking this step steadily with determination, you want to focus your attention more on how your baby reacts to this sudden change.
There are other speedy ways to get your baby off your breast but we can only advise you let that happen naturally. You may also experience some discomfort when you stop breastfeeding your baby until your breast and body adjust to stop producing milk.
When’s the right time to stop breastfeeding babies?
To every child, breastfeeding goes beyond food. It creates a feeling of togetherness. You want to concentrate more on nothing than breastmilk for the first few months after your baby is born. After this period, you can then begin to try other nourishing foods – breastmilk too. We can say that the best time to stop breastfeeding your baby is when he is around a year older and/or more. At this stage, your baby is already old enough to attract all the nourishments embedded in other food aside from breast milk. This is practically the best time to wean your baby from your breast but you will be less likely to face any challenges or problems if you allow them to decide naturally.
However, experts recommend going by the baby-led weaning gradual process – where you let your baby decide when he/she wants to stop breastfeeding. You can then be able to tell which is suitable for your body as well as for your baby.
How long will it take me to stop breastfeeding my baby?
Helping your baby stop breastfeeding doesn’t have to take more than few weeks from the day you take the decision. Sometimes, it takes more than a month (where you don’t want to be harsh about shutting down your milk factory completely).
There is no generally accurate time the process of stopping breastfeeding takes. It solely depends on how fast your baby is able to adjust to the new changes. Weaning your baby off breastfeeding could be achieved fast if you let your baby make the decision, but the timing may extend if you decide before your baby is ready.
What do I do if my baby refuses to stop breastfeeding?
There are only one important thing to do if your baby insists on continuous breast milk feeding – PATIENCE! If you have been consoling your baby with breast milk before now, you can start thinking of other ways to get him happy like reading to him, playing or singing. You can also effect this change by postponing his feeding to a later time or by simply luring his attention to something else.
How to stop breasting babies
The best approach to stop breastfeeding babies is to follow a gradual process. For a start, you should try not giving your breast for feeding to your baby unless he requests for it.
Ultimately, an infant will never understand whatever reason you give for shutting down you milk factory, but chances are, an 18-month-old child will. You want to make sure you limit the rate at which you make your breast available for feeding your baby. The first few weeks is going to be difficult, I must tell you. Most mothers don’t feel comfortable seeing their kids cry endlessly in situations where they know exactly what they want. Truth is, an older child might express dissatisfaction over a deprivation of what I could consider a source of nutrition for him. Some child could even protest this step by not taking any other thing you offer them for feeding at the beginning. You just have to balance the situation by returning to breastfeeding if this happens, then you can gradually start over the journey of stopping breastfeeding again.
Try a different position
Another useful tip to stop breastfeeding your child is to ensure changing position during feeding (with a bottle or a cup). Normally, when you hold your baby in nursing position for feeding, the first thing he tries to do is to locate your breast after he must have perceived your milk. Having known this, you want to change position whenever you want to feed him on a bottle to somewhere not close to your chest. It is also important to make sure you don’t place your child on the same position he is used to during the time of breastfeeding. Nevertheless, while putting all these into practice, your baby still needs and deserve a lot of cuddling after feeding; just like you would before you switched to bottle feeding.
Change your nipples
Babies are different, so is their sense of reasoning. Each baby has a unique preference which is why some will do well with a bottle nipple that has almost the same shape of a breast. Another child will do better off with a nipple that has a completely different shape. When on the search for baby items to buy, you may need to include different feeding bottles in your list rather than decide on one full set of the same kind. This would help you figure out the kind nipple your baby prefers.
So, what next in the journey of stopping to breastfeed your baby?You need to dry up your milk
You can always decrease your milk supply gradually by resulting to feeding your baby with some few drops per day (like, once per day). Be prepared for some discomfort as it’s not easy to completely shut down your milk factory within such a very short notice. During this few periods, a good supportive sports bra would help greatly for packing until your breast stop producing more milk.