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How To Stop Breastfeeding

The baby hasn't gotten used to nursing so transitioning to a bottle will not be an emotional experience. The engorgement for the mom will likely not be any worse for any other new mother, both breastfeeding and formula feeding mom.

Weaning at Three Months


Three-month olds is hard to wean cold turkey. The baby's already have an idea how they are fed, and know breastfeeding as being a source of both nutrition and comfort. The baby of this age will likely not accept a bottle. The baby will often be nursing more sometimes due to a growth spurt time. A three month old may not respond well to a gradual weaning process. The baby may protest being weaned at this age, no matter the effort the mother puts into the process. There are two options: cold turkey weaning or finding a bottle the baby will take and gradually wean to this bottle.

For Toddlers


There comes a time when every mother decides it is time to wean. These are often the toddler years. Toddlers are very smart. It will be helpful if you talk to your toddler about the process. Tell the little one that it's time to drink from a big boy cup. Just like potty training, when the toddler finally understands and accepts the change; celebrate it. Toddlers need nursing for different reasons than infant do. For many toddlers, the need is emotional. When you can find a way to fulfill the emotional need in another way, weaning will be easier. Night time will be the hardest with a toddler in the weaning process.

Techniques For Cold Turkey Weaning


As the name suggests, cold turkey weaning is going from one feeding to the next, deciding not to feed your baby with breast milk. Some mothers may need to do this for medical reasons, or maybe work reasons. The method is easy; you stop offering milk to your baby. Instead of nursing offer a bottle of formula. This may cause stress for the baby, but they will get used to it. It may be beneficial to have the grandma or father help with the feedings so the baby cannot smell your milk when you offer a bottle.


This method will leave you uncomfortable. To manage the discomfort, you can use ice in a sports bra or use cold cabbage leaves. Doctor will sometimes suggest using a decongestant to dehydrate you, which will reduce your supply. Within a few days, the pain will be less. With each passing day, the pain will be less and less.

Techniques For Gradual Weaning


Gradual weaning is the preferred method to stop breastfeeding your baby. It creates time for the baby to adjust to not nursing and provides time for your body to get used to not nursing the baby and reduce the supply naturally.
For young babies, the best method is the
dropping feeding method. In times, you would normally nurse your baby, give a bottle instead. If you keep that same schedule for a few days, your body naturally and painlessly will make less milk. To completely wean, you would replace another feeding with a bottle for a few days, reducing your supply a little more. Repeat the process until you are no longer nursing. The whole process should take two to three weeks. The biggest obstacle is finding an acceptable bottle.

For toddlers, the best method is 'do not offer, yet do not refuse' method. With this method, you keep them busy all day. Offering the toddler snack during the day will help the hunger. Talk to your toddler, so they know what to expect throughout the process. Do not sit or lay down with them. This will encourage a nursing hold. When nursing, make the session much shorter than it was before. This method for a toddler can take a few weeks to a few months. It will depend on how ready the toddler is to wean. When the toddler does wean, celebrate the milestone. Treat the occasion like any great milestone making the toddler feel like a big girl or boy ready to reach the next milestone.

The best way to stop breastfeeding is a gradual decrease in feeds. Choosing to stop nursing abruptly or known as ‘cold turkey’ cannot only be uncomfortable for the mother but can invite a breast infection from the breast becoming engorged. The best way to wean is gradually decreasing the feedings over a period a few weeks, until you are no longer breastfeeding. This will be the most comfortable method for mother and baby.


Weaning a One Week Old


If you wish to wean your one week old from nursing, this may be the easiest age. The baby likely will take the bottle very easily.

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