Real Info on Stopping Breastfeeding
a little disgusted by how little information there is on the internet
theres plenty about how great breastfeeding is, tips, tricks,
and stats on how horrible of a mother you are if you dont do
it. Yep, our kids are going to be delinquents cause were not
dedicated to art of breastfeeding for life. Give me a break!
find hardly anything on the internet about stopping breastfeeding.
This is a pretty important topic because so many things have to happen
for the end of breastfeeding to be a smooth transition. Ive
taken notes on my own experience so I can share the information with
we begin lets get a couple things straight:
You are a terrific person and a wonderful mother. Stopping breastfeeding
does not make you bad, awful, neglectful, or abusive to your child.
Youve already done plenty for your kid for breastfeeding him
or her as long as you have.
It is doubtful that your child will throw You didnt
breastfeed me long enough! back in your face when he or she
is a teenager. Its probably the only thing they wont
resent you for later. Ha!
now that thats done, lets get on with THE END OF BREASTFEEDING!
by eliminating a feed a day. I started with the after lunch snack,
then lunch, then dinner, night snack, then breakfast. Give your child
a bottle or sippy cup with whatever breastmilk alternative you feel
comfortable with. I used watered down goats milk in a NUK sippy cup.
My son was almost 10 month old so I didnt think formula was
necessary or desirable.
you sit down to both nurse continue to do so in your normal place.
This will help your baby feel comfortable and secure. Do not give
your child a sippy cup alternative in your typical nursing place or
position. This is confusing and will result in crying, frantic rooting,
and you feeling like a heel (or giving in).
that sitting down with my son facing out (his back to my stomach)
worked really well. He never nursed in this position (how could he?)
so there was no confusion. The added distraction of a book on my knees
helped keep him entertained while he drank his milk.
it might be helpful to have someone other than you feed the baby in
the morning. This was the hardest one for my son to take because he
was used to snuggling into bed with me for breakfast and a cuddle.
My husband doesnt smell like milk so James wasnt confused
by a cuddle and a sippy cup from him.
your breasts as you eliminate feedings. If they feel very full, leaky,
or hard then you might need to pump or express some milk. Dont
pump so much you trigger let down. This will keep your milk supply
going, which isnt what you want. Just make sure you are comfortable
and you dont leave gallons of mik in your breasts.
I started doing was a breast massage. I would get hard lumps in my
breasts where the milk was in the ducts. I would gently massage the
lumps in the shower until they softened up and dissipated. I did this
in the shower because my breast would often leak while I was doing
my breasts were sore and tender for about three weeks. My son transitioned
very fast and now shows no confusion or disappointment about being
handed a cup rather than a breast. I have increased the amount of
mama time and book reading so he doesnt feel too cut off from
a little more of a mamas boy now and sometimes Im the
only one that can soothe a hurt or put him to sleep. I doubt this
has anything to do with ending breastfeeding, but more to do with
just general mom/baby bonding.
our end to breastfeeding was much less traumatic than I was led to
believe it would be. It was remarkable how little James seems to care
that he is now getting milk from some other source. His poo smells
a little stronger, but other than that I can see no difference in
his health or attitude.
to the above article, Lena writes:
want to thank you so much for your article on stopping breastfeeding.I
searched the internet and could not find any articles about stopping
permanently. All the sites wanted to tell me how to start again,
which is something I could not do. I am in a good amount of pain
and am still searching for how to make that feel better. But, I
want to thank you very much for being the only source that did not
make me feel like I was doing something bad!
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