Mothers stop breastfeeding for so many reasons including the child is ready for a completely solid diet, breastfeeding is causing the mother irritation, the baby is lactose intolerant or the mother needs to be on medications for a health issue. Mothers are searching for advice to stop breastfeeding. Remember to also seek the advice of other mothers who have been through the same process as well as taking these tips into consideration.
How To Stop Breastfeeding Your Baby
There are many ways you may follow to stop breastfeeding. Some important tips to stop breastfeeding are described briefly below.
Baby is Ready
If the baby is readily taking a bottle or a cup, then it is time to start attempting to dry up the milk supply. You do not want to stop breastfeeding if the baby is not eating solid food and is not taking a bottle or a cup. Some babies will forego the bottle for the cup since the nipple of a bottle feels foreign to them.
Use Pumped Milk
Let the baby have the breast milk that has been pumped to relieve the pressure that is on the breasts. Make sure the baby receives the milk from a bottle or a cup. It is believed that the breast milk changes as the breasts begin drying up. This prepares the baby for weaning off of milk.
The nipples will be extra sensitive during weaning so restrict friction against them. Also, friction stimulates the nipple and promotes milk production. Some women add extra padding to their bra to prevent as much chafing as possible.
Remove the Family Bed
If the baby sleeps with you at night and is allowed to breastfeed throughout the night, baby needs to be moved into their own bed. The baby will nuzzle the breast throughout the night and try to feed. This will cause frustration on the part of the baby and if the breasts are bumped and nuzzled, milk production can happen.
Start skipping one pump a day for a few weeks and then go to skip pumping twice a day. This gradual lessening of pumping will help dry up the milk production. Over time, the breasts will dry up and go back down to normal size and not be sensitive. Also as the baby eats more solid food, they will not require as much breast milk. This will help to dry up naturally and with less pain.
Cabbage is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reducing agent. Wash and then dry the cabbage leaves. Once they are completely dry, place them between the nipple and the bra. It will reduce the pain.
Take an over the counter pain medication to help reduce the pain. The first few days the breasts will be extremely hard and painful. A general aspirin or ibprophen will help give temporary relief.