Moving from breastfeeding to feeding is a big step that is not always easy; either for the baby or for the mother.

When it comes to maternal withdrawal, it is important to take time and act in stages.

To put the forms, will allow to preserve the well-being of everyone and to avoid any unnecessary tension.

How To Stop Breastfeeding a Toddler?

Whatever the reasons for maternal withdrawal; it must take place in a gentle and gradual manner.

To do this, you will need to remove one feeding by one, ideally every two to three days; replacing it with a bottle.

This method of gradual weaning will be beneficial both for you, avoiding any risk of clogging or mastitis; and for your toddler for whom the detachment will be done smoothly.

The adjustment can take several weeks or even months, depending on your toddler’s reactions.

The ideal is to give priority to eliminating the feedings that correspond to the time when the lactation is the least important – the breasts are less filled.

This way, you can first remove the afternoon feeding(s), then the evening feeding (s) to avoid nighttime blockage; and you can finally remove the morning feeding (S) and any night feeding (s). Milk production is very important at night.

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Remember that breastfeeding corresponds to the law of supply and demand: the fewer the feedings; the less the milk production is stimulated.

It will probably even dry up from the moment you give your toddler only two feedings a day.

In case your breasts are sore or swollen; feel free to drain them a little under the hot water of the shower by pressing them or soaking your nipple in a glass of warm but not burning water; of course.

However, avoid the breast pump that would stimulate lactation.

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Withdrawal can be natural (infant-led) or planned (maternal-led).

In the case of “baby-led” weaning, the baby may show signs that he or she is ready to stop latching: he or she may stiffen and throw his or her head back or turn the head from left to right several times in a row when the breast is presented to him or her.

This behavior can be temporary (what is commonly called a “feeding strike”, which often does not last) or permanent.

Around 6 months of age, your baby is generally ready to start diversifying his or her diet to discover other foods and meet his or her growing nutritional needs.

It is usually at this age that gradual weaning takes place: you will continue to breastfeed your toddler; in parallel with which you will begin food diversification. About this,

You, Will, Know That Your Baby Is Ready To Start Eating Other Foods when It:

  • Seems to be hungry more often than usual,
  • Can sit without help and controls the muscles of his neck well,
  • keeps food in your mouth without immediately bringing it out with your tongue ( no longer protruding tongue reflex))
  • Is interested in food when people close to him are eating and opens their mouth when he sees food coming in his direction,
  • He is able to tell you that he does not want to eat by retreating or turning his head.

In general; infants who are weaned gradually give up breastfeeding altogether somewhere between the ages of 2 and 4.

How Do You Feed Your Toddler After You Stop Breastfeeding?

If your baby is only a few months old and has not yet started the food diversification;

the feedings will be replaced by powdered infant milk that will be given to the bottle. However,

be Careful To Choose The Right Milk For The Toddler’s Age:

  • From birth to 6 months: early or infant milk
  • 6 months to 10 months: Second-Age milk or follow-on milk
  • 10 months to 3 years: growth milk

As a reminder, it is not recommended to give your toddler cow’s milk before the age of one, and better still, before the age of three. Also, pay attention to vegetable drinks: they are not adapted to the needs of babies and are formally discouraged for your little one because of the risks of serious deficiencies they engender

The quantities of infant milk will, of course, have to be adapted according to your toddler’s age.

If you see that baby finished his bottle each time and he seems to want more, prepare another bottle of 30 ml (1 serving of milk).

On the other hand, if your baby tells you that he is no longer hungry by throwing away his bottle, do not force him to finish.

For You Who Are New To The Preparation Of Baby Bottles, Here Are Some Precautions To Take:

  • Always pour cold water (bottled or tap water) into the bottle by measuring the amount according to the graduations on it.
  • Heat the bottle in a water bath, bottle heater or microwave.
  • Add a Raspberry teaspoon of milk to 30 ml of water. So for a bottle of 150 ml, count 5 measures and 7 measures of milk for a bottle of 210 ml
  • Screw the pacifier then roll the bottle between your hands before shaking it from top to bottom to mix the powder well with water.
  • Always check the temperature of the milk inside your wrist before offering it to your toddler. This will prevent you from getting burned.

If your toddler has begun to diversify, more or less solid foods and other liquids can replace feedings.

Of course, adjust the textures according to the stage your baby is in: smooth, molded, crushed, small pieces. You will also be careful to follow the steps to introduce new foods according to your toddler’s age and adjust the amounts according to his or her appetite.

After 6 months and apart from meals, you may be able to offer your baby small quantities of water in a learning Cup. Avoid fruit juices, especially if they are industrial because they are of no nutritional value.

What If The Baby Still Wants The Boob?

Weaning is a more or less easy step depending on the toddler and the circumstances but it must always take place very gradually: the baby must familiarize himself at his own pace with this great change.

If your toddler is reluctant to bottle and even a cup or cup, do not force it. That would be counterproductive. Instead, change her mind, try offering the bottle a little later and make a smooth transition by offering your breast milk in a bottle before switching to formula powder. When the baby categorically refuses the bottle, it is sometimes necessary that someone other than the mother – the father for example – offers the bottle to the toddler. Often, the situation is easier when the mother leaves the room or even the house while drinking because the baby does not feel the smell of her mother’s breast. Why don’t you take over?

And if he still refuses, it will certainly be necessary to postpone withdrawal for a few days. In the meantime, reduce the duration of each feeding

In addition, for weaning to take place from the best possible conditions, here are some additional tips:

  • Multiply the emotional exchanges outside the feeding for the duration of the weaning… and even then!
  • Reassure and pamper your baby during the bottle time: be particularly attentive and delicate in your actions to put your toddler in confidence. Whisper sweet words to him, caress him and take the same position as you did when you were nursing him (his body and face are all turned towards you). This additional rapprochement will help both of you through the withdrawal process. Don’t let your baby drink his bottle alone, even if he seems to know how to do it.
  • Change the context when you are offering the bottle compared to when you are breastfeeding your toddler: change the room, the chair, etc.

In addition, in order to ensure that your toddler is weaned as well as possible, it is advisable to wean your toddler at a time isolated from any other event that could disturb him or her : moving to a new home, entering a nursery or kindergarten, keeping a nanny, separation, travel, etc.

Also, remember to position the bottle well in “low speed” so that the baby can satisfy his need to suckle and does not encounter any problem of digestion

Is It Possible To Resume Breastfeeding After Trying To Stop?

During weaning, it is always possible to go back and restart breastfeeding. Simply putting the baby back into the breast will stimulate milk production.

If weaning is over, restarting lactation is more difficult but is still possible. Specifically trained health professionals can help. Consult a lactation counselor, midwife or breastfeeding worker.

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