Breastfeeding isn’t an easy task. We know that.! Breastfeeding your baby can last for both longer and shorter periods of time. We all stop breastfeeding due to different reasons. For some it can be a lack of milk production, it could be a shortage of time or a busy work schedule. But in the end, every mom has the same question – how to stop breastfeeding?
World Health Organisation and UNICEF recommend that From the age of 6 months, children should begin eating safe and adequate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.
This means that it is never necessary for a mother to breastfeed their child for a long time. Rather mothers should start feeding their child some complementary chemical-free natural food for better growth and overall development of a child.
Stopping breastfeeding is a very personal choice. If you are producing enough milk for your child or if you prefer to feed your milk to your child, then nothing is healthier than that. So, first of all, let’s discuss some benefits of breastfeeding for you and your cutie baby.
Breastfeeding Benefits For You
- Breastfeeding assists in decreasing postpartum bleeding and more rapid uterine involution.
- It helps in decreasing menstrual blood loss and increased child spacing.
- Reduces weight and gives you a shape.
- It helps in decreasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
- Helps in curing mood swings and irritation and best of all, it connects you with your baby.
Breastfeeding Benefits For Your Baby
- Breast milk provides the baby with ideal nutrition. It has almost the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
- Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
- Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children.
- What’s more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure.
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Essential Tips To Stop Breastfeeding
All good things have to come to an end one day, breastfeeding is no exception. Stopping your baby to have breast milk is a gradual process. The first thing which we would like to recommend you is to Take this slow! Don’t haste in stopping breastfeeding your baby. It’s a step by step process and you need to also understand the care and delicacy of your baby. Instead of stopping it all of a sudden, try a slow and steady process to gradually decrease the intake of breast milk to a child. Now, without any further adieu let’s get straight into the top tips on how to stop breastfeeding for mothers-
1. Education at its Best
Stopping breastfeeding is a quite technical process. We also call it Weaning which is the process of slowly introducing your child to an adult diet while gradually withdrawing the supply of your milk. It’s a time taking process which can be sometimes depressing and irritating. It requires a lot of patience and understanding. So grab a lot of knowledge of this process and act accordingly.
2. Distract Your Child
Distracting your child is a nice way to avoid breastfeeding. But what to do when s/he is extremely hungry? Then, go for a walk, sing a favorite song, use supplementary food, or be creative for changing his or her focus from feeding.
3. Add Supplementary Food to the Child’s Diet
You can opt for this after 6 months of a baby’s age. Try natural and preservatives free food supplements for your baby. You can also try food puree which can be easily made at home without any hassle. Simply take a handful of various foods and blend that in a grinder without adding any water. Add sugar if needed and voila your healthy baby food, packed with rich nutrients is ready to serve. You can try lentil soup and boiled-mashed food too.
Overall just try incorporating different tastes in your child’s diet.
4. Use Breast Pumps
Breast pumps are always there for your rescue. Breast pumps are a device with milk bottles that helps lactating women to extract milk from their breast. During the first 10-15 seconds, you may feel a bit uncomfortable as your nipples start to stretch. Then as your milk starts to flow, you may feel a tingling pin-prick sensation.
Pumping is a great way to provide your child with your breast milk without putting them to the breast. You can store your milk in a bottle for half a day. Isn’t that amazing? Comment down below.
5. Gradually Mix Cow’s Milk and Your Milk
After trying the breast pumping technique you can mix cow’s milk or any other preferred milk with your milk and feed that to your baby. Gradually you can increase the amount of the other milk and save yourself. Eventually, your child will start drinking the other milk. You can also feed food puree to your child with that.
6. Reduce Breastfeeding Sessions
It is very tempting to quit breastfeeding in a go, but doing that can lead to engorgement, nipple pain, and psychological distress to both you and your baby. An easier and better way is to reduce breastfeeding sessions slowly over several weeks. Skip sessions and feed other food in that session. Keep patience and let your baby adjust to the new routine.
An early morning or evening feed is often the most difficult to give up. Women should allow time for the baby and themselves to adjust.
7. A Bonus Tip – Apply Weird Tasting Food
These days applying weird tasting food on the nipples is getting very popular among mothers who want to know about how to stop breastfeeding.
In this process, you need to apply weird tasting food on your nipple area (areola). Once your baby tastes that juice, s/he will stop drinking the breast milk and through this, you can feed supplementary food to your child. You can apply neem juice, bitter gourd juice, lemon juice, turmeric paste, apple cider vinegar, and other edible things. Nice idea, Isn’t it? Try this one and do share your experience in the comment section below.
What To Do If Your Baby Doesn’t Want To Stop?
Many a time, when a mother wants to start the process of weaning their baby off breast milk, the baby doesn’t want to stop the intake of breastmilk. There are a lot of other ways as well which can help to encourage your baby to move to the consumption of solid food. Some tips are-
- Try engaging your baby into games, and stories which teach about solid foods.
- Try playing with your child at the time of breastfeeding sessions.
- Eat together with your baby.
- Finally, if the weaning process is not going smoothly, it’s okay to try again later.
So now as we have clearly explained a lot about how to stop a baby from breastfeeding, it’s time for you to finally decide whether you really need to quit breastfeeding or you are getting inspired by someone. Try to feed your baby until s/he is 1-2 years of age. The more the intake of mother’s milk, the healthier the baby. So take care of yourself and your baby. Till then follow Shapeshifting moms for more such helpful content and make your mom experience even more special.
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