is a time for everything to end and breast-feeding is no exception. Many
mothers do not know when and how to stop breast-feeding. It is a tough
decision for the mother, as both mother and child are so emotionally attached
to one another that stopping breast-feeding can be painful for both.
If your child is a bit older, your effort to discontinue breast-feeding
can upset him.
Stopping Breast-Feeding --- Some Major Considerations
The decision to discontinue breast-feeding can be a tricky situation for
the mother. Normally, mothers are at a quandary over the issue of breast-feeding
weaning. However, you may consider these factors before deciding to wean
your child from breastfeeding.
The health of the child: If your child falls ill
frequently and his immunity is low, you may like to continue with breast-feeding.
Mother’s milk is rich in nutrients that your child needs to build
up resistance against disease. Additionally, the mother’s milk
is easily digestible, and appetizing. In the state of illness, if your
child refuses to take food, she may agree to take breast milk.
Breast Milk Supply: When you can produce sufficient
milk, you may continue to nurse your child deferring your breastfeeding
weaning plans. When your baby is six months old, and just been put on
a solid feed, you can reduce feeding breast milk gradually. If you cannot
manage sufficient milk supply, then you may have to wean your baby away
over a period.
Emotional Effect: Your child is likely to get upset
if you stop breast-feeding. So miss one breast feed and substitute it
with a solid feed. If your child takes it willingly, it is an encouraging
sign. You may gradually wean her from breast milk. If your child is
not prepared to leave breast milk due to the strong emotional bond that
exists, you may have to continue for a while, and then try again.
Breast Feeding and the Older Child
is not easy to wean away a breast-feeding older child. If your child is
not ready to cooperate, you may have to enlist you partner’s help,
as your child will feel secure in his company. Do not force your child to
stop breastfeeding abruptly.
Be loving and understanding. When your child wakes up at night, let the
father put her back to sleep. For that matter, the father should tuck her
in bed every night. If you put your child in bed, she may ask for the comfort
of your breasts.
Whenever your child asks for the feeding, try to circumvent the issue.
You may offer him milk in a cup instead, and supplement it with many
hugs. A child needs constant emotional support, and she needs an assurance
from her mother that she still loves him. Once love and support are
assured, she may switch over to other foods, and do as said. For an
older child, breastfeeding is only a means of emotional security, which
you should otherwise give aplenty.
You have seen that a number of factors are involved in deciding when
and how to stop breast-feeding. You may consider them all before arriving
at a decision.
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