Breastfeeding the baby for the first six months is very important. Some moms choose to breastfeed for years while other find it difficult to continue for long . Though it is very good for both mother and baby but,like all good things there is a time when breastfeeding must come to an end. So, here are few signs which indicate that it’s the right time to stop breastfeeding.
Baby is happy and healthy
Mothers can feel good about their decision to breastfeed when they have happy and healthy babies and can ultimately make their decision to stop breastfeeding. Whether the child is six months old or three years old, it’s only a mother’s decision to breastfeed the baby as long as she wants.
Mother’s Milk Supply is drying out
Sometimes, ladies do not take good care of themselves which leads to low supply and becomes frustrating for mom and baby. In such situations weaning can keep a mom away from the stress that comes because of low milk supply.
When the baby becomes distractible
Some babies may seem to eat for a few minutes, then do something else. If the baby is older than 6 months and doesn’t care about feedings any more or is especially distractible, then this could be a self-weaning sign and the time to stop breastfeeding.
When Mom is expecting
Breastfeeding while pregnant is physically possible, some moms have a toddler they’re still nursing and choose to continue nursing but, this can be very tiring for a mom. Due to hormonal fluctuations mothers also have tender nipples during pregnancy that can make breastfeeding harder than it seemed to be before.
Baby is at least 6 months old
According to The World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding is must, for at least the first six months of life. If a mom has breastfed her baby for this time, then the baby will enjoy much of the benefits associated with breastfeeding, including reduced risk for infections. Although some moms breastfeed much longer, the time can really vary from mom to mom.
Baby is more interested in Food
Sometimes little one starts getting attractive toward solid then its a sign that the baby be is more interest in foods than breastfeeding.
Mother is taking certain medications
Many mothers take medicines which could have adverse effects on a baby. Some of the medicines that aren’t safe for baby and breastfeeding are aspirin, codeine, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, guaifenesin, and other medications that have drowsiness as a side effect.
Breastfeeding is painful
Breastfeeding can be painful at times- cracked nipples, infected nipples, blistered nipples, thrush, plugged ducts, and mastitis are all the painful effects of breastfeeding. These painful effects of breastfeeding can, unfortunately, create a sense of dread for a mother.