You have decided to stop breastfeeding for one reason or another.
But how do you stop breastfeeding?
The reason you stop!
Partly, it depends on the reason for stopping. Sometimes you have to quit. Go from one breastfeeding to the next. Or it may be because you get an acute illness or have to take medicine that is not compatible with breastfeeding.
It may also be because it’s what you want to do. With some children, it is better to stop rather than slow down. It can be difficult for children, especially if they are very small, to understand that they sometimes get breastmilk and sometimes they don’t. For example, if you choose to just breastfeed in the evening before bedtime.
Stop breastfeeding abruptly
If you stop abruptly: pump some milk – just so much that it doesn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable – and to avoid engorgement. Do not pump too much, because then your body will continue to produce milk. It takes about two days for the milk to be absorbed by the body when you have stopped breastfeeding completely.
Decrease the breastfeeding steadily
Healthcare professionals recommend that you decrease the breastfeeding as you increase other foods. The Food Administration, according to recommendations from WHO, recommends that children from 6 months of age can begin to eat baby food, puree, for example, mashed potatoes and carrots. As you introduce more and more food and when the food eventually becomes solid food, you are phasing out your breastfeeding. It is considered better by healthcare professionals because there is a risk of engorgement when you stop breastfeeding abruptly.
Be consistent in your decision. Do not go back and forth and let the baby breastfeed occasionally and sometimes not. It creates confusion and frustration.
If you find it hard to quit maybe it’s not the right time to quit? Then it would be better to continue until you really feel it’s time.
Eat and drink as usual. Drinking less does not affect milk production.