Okay, so you are now a pro at it. Now the question is: How to stop breastfeeding?
For breastfeeding moms (specially the first-timers), there are two questions that definitely pop up sooner or later: When and how to discontinue breastfeeding?
Believe it or not, you might be the best person to answer this question. We have seen mothers who have always expressed their breast milk; and also those who breast feed only till their baby starts weaning at the age of 4-6 months, or they decide to end this amazing feeding relationship as soon as the child blows the candle on his first birthday.
But then, we have also seen mothers who feed their toddlers and preschoolers till the age of 3 or sometimes even more. If you think about it, all of these children, whether breastfed for a couple of months or till they enter preschool, grow up to become pretty smart individuals.
So the reason why I just wrote a hundred words above is to let you know that it’s your decision. Whatever you and your baby are comfortable with, go for that, and then be proud about it.
For help in deciding on how long you should breastfeed for, read our article on extended breastfeeding.
It will cover all the merits and demerits of extended breastfeeding. If
you want to discontinue breastfeeding and switch to formula instead,
perhaps it would be a good idea if you read our articles on Benefits of Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding versus Bottle Feeding to give you motivation and guidance.
When you decide to stop breastfeeding your baby, you will then come to this very important question: How to stop breastfeeding? Doctors and experts believe that you can adopt 3 strategies to stop breastfeeding.
How to stop breastfeeding an older baby:
The hardest part of ending breastfeeding does not only come to your child, but to you as well. If you dread stopping breastfeeding because you might have painful and sore breasts, let us help you with the following information:
If you are still having difficulty or pain, you can always talk to your doctor. Remember, discontinuing breastfeeding is a natural process that all breastfeeding mothers go through. You are not alone here, so be focused on your goal and in a matter of weeks, you will be a proud mom who just finished up her breastfeeding routine, and then you will be telling other moms how to stop breastfeeding successfully!
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