Breastfeeding is considered to be the best choice to feed your baby and it is recommended until six months, although it is not always possible. When to stop breastfeeding is a complicated question, and many doubts will arise from this important moment.
The first thing we have to keep in mind is that it will be a gradual process. Professional general advice is to reduce the frequency two months before stopping. Start by replacing some of the meal with a baby bottle of formula (or your own milk you've extracted).
Your baby might refuse the bottle, or nipples. Don't worry, he will accept to try, eventually. Do not forget to pamper him, for it is a difficult change for him. He hasn't only changed his food, he is also abandoning a really reassuring situation. This is one of the reasons why it is better to do it slowly.
Go substituting the shots of the day and leave until the end the first in the morning and last at night. Many children fall asleep while on the chest and we must try to avoid breaking his sleep routine. When he is more accustomed to the bottle it will cost less to adapt to new sleep habits.
The gradual weaning is not only good for the baby. To interrupt suddenly the Breastfeeding may have unhealthy consequences. The milk that has been generated can accumulate and you can get an infection. This disease is called Mastitis and treated with antibiotics. If you feel any pain and redness in the breast area and have a high fever, go to see a doctor.
At first the weaning can be hard and even annoying. Some women put cold compresses on their breast. Others prefer showering with warm water. Find the formula that best fits you and remember that it's a matter of time. You will produce less and less milk and the pain will progressively disappear.
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