Most mothers, if not all, love breastfeeding. This is probably due to the love of their toddlers and the biological formation of the flow of milk after childbirth. Nevertheless, a time comes when the child grows to a certain age, and the mother feels it is time to stop breastfeeding.
Sometimes, the mother will stop breastfeeding unwillingly due to some circumstances. For instance, when she falls sick or travels far from the child or maybe the toddler refuses to breastfeed an early age. For these reasons, therefore, it is essential to know how you can stop your toddler from breastfeeding and, at the same time, assure their security in as much as living a healthy life is concerned.
1. Be committed to the process
The first step to achieving your toddler not breastfeeding is a Commitment to your decision. While weaning frees a mother from the physical burden of nursing, sometimes a suddenly emotional feeling will occur. Such is caused by a lack of the previous connections between a mother and her child.
Nevertheless, for you to achieve your target, you have to overcome those emotions and to feel towards your toddler. For you to appreciate the days of strong physical connection with your child are coming to an end. Make sure you are well prepared before deciding on this commitment.
Any attempts to stop breastfeeding when you have not made a sound decision will draw you back to giving in.
2. Talk to your toddler
At the age of 2years, many toddlers comprehend a lot of things. Here, some may even be ready to join pre-schools. It means you can talk to them and let them know how breastfeeding is for infants.
Tell them how wrong breastfeeding at such an age is. Thus, your kid will understand, and at some point, you will hear them say how they no longer need the breast milk. In case they are reluctant to listen, keep reminding them how soon they will not be allowed to breastfeed.
You can also convince them how other food products are better than breast-milk. Being as close as you are to them, they will consider believing in you.
3. Stop on-demand nursing
Many toddlers, by a certain age, are aware of the breastfeeding schedules. They know when the mother will not listen to them and when she will offer them the breast milk freely. For instance, when they wake up, before meals and before going to bed. Nevertheless, some mothers will breastfeed irregularly, and this is what needs to stop. Make a schedule for your breastfeeding and let your toddler know you will stick only to that program. Do not accept any improvisations between the laid down plan.
With time, you will realize your toddler is reducing the appetite for breast milk. When you manage to drop the schedules successfully, you are a few distances to achieving your commitment.
4. Shorten nursing sessions
Different toddlers will breastfeed at different time duration. As a mother, you should know the time you use to breastfeed your toddler and decide to reduce it. However, be logical in this step; otherwise, you might not achieve your goal at last. Being reasonable means, for instance, if you were spending 6 minutes, cut it to 4, then to 3, to one and finally stop.
Breast milk production reduces naturally; both the mother and the toddler can adjust gradually without much physical discomfort. A mother should not forget to be cautious of this step; otherwise, there will be blockage of the milk ducts. At this stage, you can offer a substitute to keep the toddlers healthy and active.
5. Drop nursing sessions one by one
Supposing you are nursing for five sessions in a day, time is now to drop some of them. Drop those that are in between. Yes, the toddler will cry but remember you are doing it for both of you. Drop one nursing session during the day and one at night. However, every mother has their way of doing it. You will understand that it seems hard to stop the night shifts compared to the day ones.
Nevertheless, you need to drop them. The night session should be the last to drop.
The child will need substitutes during the dropped sessions, offer them. If they don’t accept the given substitutes, do not be tired to provide variety. Mothers should be cautious not to give in to the demands of their toddlers.
6. Enlist help
The final step is the most crucial of all, and a mother must seek help if she has to stop her toddler from breastfeeding. By now, the toddler has dramatically reduced the appetite for breastfeeding.
Nevertheless, they still find the few sessions most important. Here, you will need to seek help from your partner, nanny, or a friend. Since children will not ask to breastfeed in your absence, let someone spend the time with them. You need to guide your helper not to give in to the demand of the toddler whatsoever.
A repletion of this step will completely keep off the toddler from breastfeeding, and you realize you will no longer need to stay far from him. Finally, you will achieve to stop breastfeeding, and both of you will be comfortable with the outcome.
Breastfeeding is designed to benefit both the mother and the child. The flow of the milk is thus proportional to the consumption of the toddler. Due to these facts, a mother should not find it hard to adjust her mind in the event of a child wanting to breastfeed longer or shorter time. Improvisations to use bitter fruits, herbs, or other drugs on the teats on the mother do harm to a toddler than the intended good. Mothers are, therefore, advised to use natural methods like the ones discussed above. Furthermore, mothers should ensure the security of their kids once they stop breastfeeding.
Finally, depriving a child of the right should not be used as a punishment to a child since it can cause trauma.