When And How To Stop Breastfeeding Properly

We here discuss the expert strategies on how to stop breastfeeding and keep baby happy. The strategies you  need for a smooth the transition, whether you are just planning to wean gradually or right away.


All the good things in this world must come to an end,  breastfeeding is no exception too. But on the other hand  your body’s incredible ability to make milk doesn’t shut down in an instant. The process of weaning happens best over the course of several weeks.
If you need to stop breastfeeding immediately, there are ways to reduce possible issues, like engorgement, as well. Whatever your situation, Seeking help early can solve potential weaning issues before they arise,it's said by  Rachel Radcliffe, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC, an occupational therapist and lactation consultant at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. The weaning process can be a pain-free experience, physically and emotionally, for both you and your little one.

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In this article you will find

When to stop breastfeeding
How to stop breastfeeding gradually
How to stop breastfeeding immediately
Night weaning
Stopped breastfeeding: How long to dry up?

When to Stop Breastfeeding

"As long as possible.” it is an official guideline for how long to breastfeed,

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breastfeeding exclusively until baby is at least six months old, then until baby is one year or older, gradually adding solid foods while continuing to breastfeed

On the other hand, there’s comes the reality, some mothers have medical reasons for weaning off breastfeeding sooner than six months or a year.

Some mother's might have had an extremely tough time getting baby to latch on correctly or they’ve been experiencing excessive pain when breastfeeding or an insufficient breast milk supply. All of them may need medication, which would otherwise be passed on to the child through the breast milk if they didn’t start weaning. On the other hand for other moms, external influences hamper breastfeeding: They may feel it’s close to impossible to pump at their workplace, or perhaps they need to depend on a caregiver. Some of the times, it’s a simple lack of desire to continue breastfeeding, and that’s okay too. You have to remember, if you’re weaning before baby is one year old, you’ll need to feed your baby formula to ensure she receives proper nutrition. After the one year of age, you can switch to cow’s milk.

How to Stop Breastfeeding Gradually

The best way to stop breastfeeding without pain is to do it slowly. This called “Gradual weaning, by phasing out one feeding or pump session every few days, it is usually a good way to start,” says Radcliffe.
You can also shave a few minutes off of each feeding,besides cutting back on a feeding every three days or so,

Each of the mother varies in her response to the frequency of decreasing feedings,but weaning from breastfeeding in a measured. In some steady way can help avoid engorged breasts and reduce the risk of clogged ducts or mastitis, an infection of the milk ducts in your breast.

Start the weaning process by cutting your child’s least favorite feeding, to make the skipped sessions a little easier for baby to handle, —and keep in mind that the first breastfeeding of the day and the last one before bedtime will probably be the last to go.

When you are weaning, it also helps to distract your child during his typical feeding time. Feed them something else during their usual nursing time so they are satiated, and snuggle with him somewhere other than his usual “feeding spot” (like the nursery room rocking chair).

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How to Stop Breastfeeding Immediately

A word on doing it quickly:

Naturally you stop breastfeeding over a period of weeks or even months. This practice allows your milk supply to gradually decrease as milk is removed less often.

This extra time also gives you the opportunity to introduce other solids and liquids besides breastmilk, depending on the age of your child, If you give yourself time to slowly wean off breastfeeding will be more comfortable and less stressful. (Slow and steady wins the race!)

But on the other hand, sometimes it may not be possible to stretch out the weaning process. ,

Here are some tips ,If you need to stop breastfeeding quickly
how to relieve engorged breasts when stopping breastfeeding suddenly.

Luckily, a few tried-and-true weaning strategies can help reduce discomfort:

  • Firstly, begin with by dropping the breastfeeding session that your child seems least interested in. Many of the mothers maintain the early morning or bedtime breastfeeding sessions for last.

  • You should Wear a supportive bra that doesn’t put pressure on your breasts or cut into them.

  • You should talk to your doctor about the possibility of using birth control, or herbs including sage, peppermint, parsley and jasmine, to help reduce your milk supply faster, If you really need to dry up your milk supply quickly.

  • Ice packs or Ice-cold cabbage leaves  are an old weaning method for relieving the pain of engorgement—just put them inside your bra to reduce discomfort.

  • Some doctors believe that using them may also help reduce how long it takes for your breast milk to dry up.

  • You also can take a pain relievers to help reduce weaning-related swelling and pain, you can ask to your doctor for antihistamines or birth control pills to decrease your milk supply.

  • You should also consider to talk with your doctor about offering your child formula or another age-appropriate food item before offering the breast at feeding session times to decrease interest in breastfeeding.

  • Always try to offer your child only one breast per feed and try to stick to a fixed feeding routine to minimize breastfeeding “snacking.”

  • It is possible to reduce the pressure and pain by using a breast pump or your hands to express a small amount of milk. You may want to express enough to make you comfortable but not enough to completely drain your breasts. Because emptying your breasts will only encourage your body to continue producing more milk and hinder your weaning efforts.

  • It’s not recommended to stop breastfeeding abruptly, but still weaning quickly can lead to greater discomfort.

  • You should always keep  in mind  that breastfeeding is about more than just food for baby. Your baby may miss that closeness with you once weaning begins, so then  you may need to set aside a little extra snuggle time to compensate.

Night Weaning

Those moms , who wants to stop breastfeeding, I night weaning can present its own challenges . It also true that many women tend to make the highest volume of milk in the middle of the night or early morning hours, You should offer lots of nutrient-dense foods during the day to make up the calories that night feeding can offer , it is to help baby adjust as you’re weaning off night feedings,

Some doctor's says that you can also try offering breastfeedings more frequently during the afternoon and early evening hours, You should try to feed every two to three hours from 1 to 7 p.m. instead of every three to four hours, when weaning...

Stopped Breastfeeding: How Long to Dry Up?

Several factors come into play,when your milk supply will slow and eventually stop after weaning,  The factors  depends on the age of the baby and how often the baby nursed or the parent pumped milk,

Milk supply will dry up within 7 to 10 days,once a mother completely stops breastfeeding, But though you may still notice a few drops of milk for weeks or even months beyond when you stop breastfeeding. You might be experiencing a hormonal issue
If you do continue to produce significant amounts of milk weeks after weaning baby,  You should  immediately talk to your doctor, and she’ll help you work it out.

Side effects of stopping too fast

In side effects you may have experienced physical changes —as your milk supply increased, and you can also feel emotional ups and downs — .
But when your body stops producing milk, many of those same side effects may appear again (or for the first time if you didn’t experience them when your milk came in.)

For example,
you may find yourself with Clogged ducts or mastitis , or you may find
 engorged breasts from milk not being drained out regularly, it's may come along with this. Some of the time you may also find that your breasts leak some of the excess milk and that you feel a great amount of sadness, anxiety, anger — or even happiness.

Wondering how you can minimize some of the unpleasantness or deep emotions?

Let's jump in to the answer, though perhaps not what you want to hear, probably comes as no surprise: You may have fewer (or less severe) side effects to deal with if you prolong the weaning process.

It's advisable that giving your body more time to adjust and decrease milk production, engorgement may be less — which generally means less breast swelling and less boob pain.

If you do experience side effects, consider treating your symptoms with some of our tips below sooner rather than later.

Weaning in a way that minimizes discomfort — for both of you

The good rule of thumb is to plan to drop one feeding session every 3 to 5 days,If you’re ready to stop breastfeeding and dry up your milk supply,The rule sounds simple and straightforward enough, but now let’s talk about minimizing some of the common issues that come with this method.

Preventing mastitis:

It's totally no matter how long your milk supply is lasting, one of the method is not to use to reduce milk production is breast binding. This may cause clogged ducts and mastitis.

 Basically, Mastitis is a inflammation usually caused by infection — can come with a great pain. If you are not binding your breasts, consider the following tips to help avoid mastitis as you stop breastfeeding.

It's true that we can’t say this enough: You should give yourself time to slowly discontinue your feeding and pumping sessions. One of the major causes of mastitis is milk buildup in the breast tissue. You should Slowly tapering off feeding sessions gives the body more time to gradually decrease the milk supply so the milk buildup won’t be as great.

You should always make sure to continue taking good care of your breast tissue. Bacteria can enter through any sores or cuts leading to an infection and mastitis.

Only use pumps that fit properly!

You should immediately notify your doctor as you may need antibiotics or other medical treatment, if you see
any signs like as fever and hard red bumps — develop during weaning,

Dealing with the emotional ups and downs:

Your hormones are changing,even with slow and steady weaning, . And we’re not going to sugarcoat it — can be emotionally tough to stop and may even feel like you’re losing some closeness with your sweet baby, even if you haven’t been a fan of breastfeeding it is totally OK, by the way it . (Don’t worry, though — the bond you have with your child will only deepen as the years go by.)

Some tips for dealing with this roller coaster if it happens:

Then you always Make sure that you’re getting sufficient rest and nutrition. Rest and nutrition will help regulate your hormones and make you feel your best!

Spend time doing your favorite activities and hobbies.

Using home remedies for painful boobs

Find a friend or support groups, who understands what you’re going through.

Get those endorphins flowing with some exercise!

Now Here are some effective ways of treating sore breasts and engorgement at home:

You can use cold packs and over-the-counter pain medications to help with pain and inflammation.

You can do hand express as needed to take a little breast milk out of the breasts tissue and relieve that pressure. (But always be careful not to empty the breast completely and trigger more milk production!)

Some of the  mother report that using some cold cabbage leaves inside a well supporting, but not tight, bra helps with engorgement.

Helping your baby through the process

Now Lets be honest:
If you find yourself with an enraged child, take a deep breath and try the following, cause weaning can be hard on both mom and baby

You can offer a pacifier for your child to suck on in place of your breast.

Secondly you can offer your child plenty of liquids and solid foods if age appropriate. You should make sure to check with your child’s doctor to ensure that all of their nutritional needs are being met.

You must continue to spend plenty of time cuddling with your child and bonding!

Consider having your partner take over these duties during weaning, If your baby associates bedtime (or other activities) with breastfeeding,


You must deserve to be as pain-free as possible, then whatever your reasons for moving on from breastfeeding,  — physically and emotionally.
It’s very much important to be kind to yourself and your body too. Remember one big think, this is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage with your child.

You must talk  to your doctor about methods that can help — and keep a watchful eye on your symptoms,
If you have to stop breastfeeding quickly, . You can also try dropping a feeding every 3 to 5 days and remember that no matter the emotional ups and downs of the process, you’re doing a wonderful job.


Me has been a digital content producer and a parenting writer for more than 5 years.And of course a mother of a 4 years old,as well as writing and researching parenting topics.

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