The time has come and you have decided to stop breastfeeding. You can breastfeed your baby for as long as you wish. But all good things as well come to the end. And breastfeeding is not an exception.

You have probably asked yourself two questions: When is the right time to stop breastfeeding your baby, and what is the best way to do it? In this article we will try to answer them.

First of all, you should know that it is recommended to breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months of their life. It provides the best nutrition and immunity for your baby.

 Breastfeeding is time for closeness and connection. And it is also very important after 6 months. Even if your baby is eating solids, breast milk or formula still has to be their main drink until they’re at least one year old. This is a must.

There are not right or wrong ways to stop breastfeeding, for lots of mothers and babies it happens gradually. But let’s have a look at few ways to make the weaning process easier for you and your baby.

If you make a decision to stop breastfeeding, follow these simple tips that may help you:

  • Try dropping a feeding every 3-5 days
  • Use breast pump or do it by hand. Try not to empty your breasts. You don’t want to trigger an increase in the supply!
  • Give your baby only one breast per feed. Try to fix a feeding routine and minimize breastfeeding.
  • Talk to your doctor about giving your baby formula.
  • Buy a supportive bra.

Remember, that it is very important to stop breastfeeding slowly. It helps to prevent problems like mastitis, overfull and hard breasts. Giving yourself time to slowly wean off breastfeeding will be more comfortable and less stressful. Increase the gaps between breastfeeds. Offer your baby some drink or feed your baby with formula.

Keep in mind too that breastfeeding is about more than just food for baby.

It’s important to stop breastfeeding when the time feels right for you. Whenever you choose to stop breastfeeding, be king to yourself and your baby. Whenever and however you stop breastfeeding, be gentle with yourself and your baby. This is very emotional for both of you. So do it with a deep care.

And remember that it is a new stage with your child.

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